Master Recipe: Wheat Berries

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

From Eating Well

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups hard red winter wheat berries
  • 7 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  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.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hours, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse.
  3. To serve hot, use immediately.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
  5. To store for future use, drain and spread the grains out on a baking sheet to speed cooling. You can then scoop 1- or 2-cup servings of the cooked wheat berries into seal able plastic bags and freeze them. They can be heated and served as a side dish, or you can even add frozen cooked wheat berries (without defrosting them) to soups and stews.


Most Helpful

Thanks for posting this! I picked up some winter wheat berries (except mine are white) from the health food store and had no idea how to cook them! Your directions worked perfectly. I'm using your freezing idea too!

Mary of the Midwest December 23, 2008

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