Meats are expensive, especially if you have a large family. I learned several years ago about using wheat as a meat extender and we’ve incorporated it into our every day diet. This has helped give us much needed nutrients, especially fiber, as well as reduced our food budget. By using cooked wheat as an extender, you can turn 1 lb. of ground meat into 2 lbs. without doubling the cost.
There are several ways to cook wheat. It does not matter if you use hard red or hard white wheat. We prefer hard white wheat.
|Crockpot||For each cup of wheat berries add 2 1/2 cups of water. Cook in crockpot for 6-8 hours on low.|
|Oven||For each 1 cup of wheat berries add 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water. Heat oven to 150 degrees, turn off, and leave the wheat in the oven overnight.|
|Stove Top||For each cup of wheat berries add 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water. Cook for about 1 hour on low setting.|
|Rice Cooker||For each cup of wheat berries add 3 cups of water. Turn the rice cooked on and allow it to cook until it turns off.|
|Solar Oven||For each cup of wheat berries add 2 cups of water. Cook in pre-heated solar oven for about 1 hour or until the water is gone.|
1 cup of wheat berries cooks up to be about 2 cups of cooked wheat. It behaves very similarly to rice and other grains. Cooked wheat may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Cooked wheat may be frozen for several months, but it tends to clump together. I store it divided up unto the amounts that I want in freezer bags.
How far does that go and what do you use it for? – Article coming on Using Wheat as Meat Extender.