Cooked Wheat Berries

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Cooked Wheat Berries

Cooked Wheat Berries

Contrary to popular belief, wheat berries do not require an overnight soak before cooking. Simply boil them for 1 hour to soften the kernels, which will produce their characteristically chewy texture.

Serves 0

Prep Time 5 min

Total Time 75 min.


  • 2 cups hard red winter-wheat berries, (see Tip)
  • 7 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones. Rinse well under cool running water. Place in a large heavy saucepan. Add water and salt.

Step 2

Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse. To serve hot, use immediately. Otherwise, follow the make-ahead instructions.