Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How To "Crack" Wheat

Your recipe calls for Joseph's Grainery "cracked wheat" and you're not sure what to do, you know your nut cracker is probably too big for the job, so how does one crack wheat? 

It's as simple as pulling out your blender (yes, your blender) or food processor.  There's no need for a fancy mill or grinder, we've found that either your blender or food processor will do the job quite well.
Here's how we crack our Joseph's Grainery Hard Red or Soft White Wheat:

Take 1/2 to 1 cup of Joseph's Grainery Hard Red or Soft White Wheat Berries, cooked or uncooked, depending on what your recipe calls for, and place them in your blender or food processor. 

On our $30 Oster Blender, we use the liquefy setting for about 20 seconds.  To get stone ground flour consistency we simply let the blender go for 1 to 2 minutes on the liquefy setting, pulsing it occassionally.

With our Cuisinart Mini Food Processor we place about a cup of wheat in the chamber and turn it on "high" for about a minute. 

Time needed to crack the wheat may vary from machine to machine, but what you're looking for is a consitency of halved or quartered wheat kernels.

Like I said, we don't use anything fancy, just a simple blender or food processor, but here's the blender that my Grandpa Bill has his eye on...

Or you could give your old blender a new name....maybe the wheat-o-matic?

Joseph's Grainery on Foodista


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