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.
hard red winter-wheat berries, (see Tip)
Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones. Rinse well under cool running water. Place in a large heavy saucepan
. Add water and salt.
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.
Tip: Wheat berries can be found in natural-foods markets and online at King Arthur Flour
, (800) 827-6836, bakerscatalogue.com, and Bob's Red Mill, (800) 349-2173, bobsredmill.com.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Calories 151, Total Fat 1 g, Sodium 265 mg, Carbohydrate 29 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 6 g, Potassium 2 mg. Exchanges: Starch 2.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet