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Other Cooking Methods

You can add raw grains to soups or stews while they cook, but it may be hard to get everything done at the same time without overcooking any of the ingredients. Some of the recipes in this book use this method, but most recommend cooking the grains separately. Do whatever seems easiest for you.


Other appliances can be used to cook whole grains; try what you have on hand.

Rice Cookers

If you have a rice cooker with a metal container and no timer, you may be able to use it to cook your whole grains, but you will need to experiment. These cookers use a sensor to determine when the liquid has been absorbed. Start with the quantities listed on the Steamer Chart and add more liquid if your grains come out too hard, less if they are too soft.

Crock Pots and Slow Cookers

Put the quantity of grains and liquid listed on the Stovetop Chart into your crockpot or slow cooker, turn it on and leave it for 6-8 hours. 

Pressure Cookers

If you're comfortable using a pressure cooker, they work just fine for whole grains. Follow the Stovetop Chart and adjust the cooking times as you would for any other food (usually about half the regular time.)

July 31st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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