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Wheat berries

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Spread 1 cup of wheat berries on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until lightly colored and aromatic.
2. Transfer the wheat berries into a saucepan and add 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover the pan.
3. At about 30 minutes, start checking to see if the wheat berries are ready by scooping out a few berries and carefully tasting after they’ve cooled a bit. They should be chewy but not tough. If not quite done, continue cooking and check the wheat berries every 5 minutes. You may need to cook them up to 25 minutes longer depending on the exact variety of wheat berry you purchased and their age.
4. Drain the berries in the strainer and transfer to a bowl.  Toss with a splash of olive oil.

Note: Check the pot on occasion to be sure there is enough water.  Add more hot water as needed. Farro is another wheat grain very similar to wheat berries. It is cooks just like wheat berries, but will require a shorter cooking time.  Start checking at 30 minutes.  Farro can be used interchangeably in recipes calling for wheat berries.


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