You can also use cooked wheat berries in salads, soups, meat loaves, or as added texture in breads.
Some people like to order wheat berries in large quantities from mail-order suppliers and grind an amount up fresh each week to make their own whole-wheat flour.
Raw wheat berries really can’t be consumed just as is, with no preparation. they are just too hard to chew.
They must either be ground into flour, sprouted, or boiled.
To cook, boil wheat berries in 4 times as much water as berries by volume (e.g. 1 cup Wheat Berries, 4 cups of water). Boil for 60 to 70 minutes, topping up with water as needed. You can reduce cooking time to 50 to 60 minutes if you pre-soak overnight; you can boil in the water you soaked them in. They are cooked when tender; then drain. You can speed up cooking time further by cooking in a pressure cooker (try 1 cup / 180g / 6 oz of Wheat Berries, 4 1/4 cups (34 oz / 1 litre) of water, 1 tbsp butter or oil; cook for 35 to 45 minutes, high pressure).
Whether you boil or pressure cook, you can try replacing the water with stock; some say that wheat berries don’t absorb the liquid as well if there is salt in the water or stock, but if you find that’s the case, you can probably get around that by just topping up with water and cooking a few more minutes.
To sprout, soak overnight in cool water. The next day, drain thoroughly, but leave the kernels moist. Spread out on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warmish place (but not hot, and not in sunlight, either.) The next day, rinse them, drain, and spread back out on a plate covered with plastic wrap in a warmish place. Repeat daily until they have sprouts about the length of the kernels. Then use as directed in recipe.
Bulgur Wheat; Brown Rice, Oat Groats
Same as for whole wheat.
Wheat berries will double in volume when cooked, so 1 part uncooked wheat berries will equal 2 parts cooked wheat berries
1 pound (450g) uncooked Wheat Berries = 2 1/2 cups uncooked = 5 cups cooked
1 cup uncooked Wheat Berries = 6 oz/ 180g
Even though wheat berries contain the bran of the wheat, which by itself can go rancid quickly, Wheat Berries store very well until ground. You can cook a lot up at once and freeze batches for ready use.