How to Cook Grains on the Stovetop

You cook all grains on the stovetop by following the same three basic steps. The only thing that varies from grain to grain is the length of cooking time. Cooking grains on your stovetop is simple:

  1. Bring 2 or more quarts of water to a boil.

    For most grains, you need about 2 cups of water per cup of uncooked grain.

  2. Add the grain to the water.

    A cup of uncooked grain expands to approximately 3 cups when cooked.

  3. Reduce the heat and let the grain simmer, keeping the pot covered with a tight-fitting lid.

    If you have problems with the water boiling over, turn the heat down further or tip the lid slightly to the side, letting just a crack of steam escape (and leave the lid in that position). Simmer until all the water has been absorbed.

If you find that a little extra water remains in the pan after you take the pot off the stove, you can either drain off the water or let the grains sit for ten minutes to allow them to absorb more water. Either way, use a fork to fluff the cooked grains after a few minutes.

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