Would you like to know how to cook 4 different grains at once every week? I took a class from Chef Brad a few month ago and I learned so much! He actually has several pressure cookers going at the same time during his classes. Well, I only have one pressure cooker. So I decided to use my big soup pot and it worked great!
I have to show you how to cook 4 grains at once in one pot! Easy peasy! A few months ago I took a cooking class taught by Chef Brad. He has written several books on how to make recipes using the different seeds, grains, and so many other things. Chef Brad makes it look so easy by just throwing this grain, this seed, these vegetables, some fresh fruits and drizzle some olive oil or balsamic vinegar over his creations. He actually makes dinner once a month on a Sunday for 50 to 200 people. It’s either the second or third Sunday of every month. He literally has three to five pressure cookers cooking every grain you can think of on his kitchen counter. He then tosses all different grains with all different fruits and veggies!
Make Different Grains Each Week
Here’s the deal that I learned at Chef Brad’s class. He makes several jars or containers of the different grains every week and stores them in the refrigerator. He uses a different one as a side dish or combines several to make salads or main dishes. He adds things like mandarin oranges, pomegranates, freeze dried grapes and so much more. He drizzles a different flavored olive oil or balsamic vinegar over his creation and you have a healthy light meal…ready in minutes. The protein in quinoa is amazing. He adds strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe to grains and has a meal ready in minutes. If you can ever watch him on TV or go to one of his classes you will learn so much and be entertained while learning to eat healthier and for less money.
No Pressure Cooker Needed
I realize we can use a pressure cooker, but I also realize a lot of people do not have one or they do not need 6 cups of quinoa in one flavor. So, I decided to try and cook 4 of my favorite grains in quart canning jars. I used an eight-quart soup pot with a lid. I used the same amount of grain per water ratio for all four grains. I placed one cup water in each quart jar with 1/2 cup of grain per quart jar. I filled the pot with 3 inches or so of water from the tap and placed the jars in the pan. I turned the heat on to bring it to a boil and boiled the filled jars with the lid on top of the soup pan. No lids on the individual jars. Two of the quinoas cooked faster than the others so I removed each quart when they looked fluffy and cooked. It took about 30-40 minutes. The Kamut took about 10-15 minutes longer. It is a chewier grain and adds texture to any salad. Yummy!
Rinse/Wash The Quinoa
The reason you need to rinse or wash the quinoa is most quinoa (I buy organic but I still wash it) has something called saponin a natural coating on all quinoa. If you do not rinse it might taste bitter or soapy. I wash it even if the package says pre-washed. It’s just me. You can probably see the strainer is a mesh strainer with really tiny holes because the quinoa is a very small grain.
4 Jars of Cooked Grains Ready For The Week
I love making items at the beginning of the week so I can throw something together for dinner at the last minute every night. Love it! Here’s a salad I made a few months ago after attending Chef Brad’s classes. Grain Salad by Food Storage Moms
One cup of uncooked quinoa has 24 grams of protein, 957 mg Potassium, and 625 calories
Please share with me any ways you use different grains because I would love to hear how you use grains to eat healthier and save money too! Blessings…