Wheat Berry Cereal

 

When I was a kid I spent time during the summers at my Grandparents farm with my sister and all of my cousins.  I look back at those times with such fondness, and so much gratitude for having had the chance to live a farm experience, especially now that no one in our family farms anymore.  I feel sad that my kids won’t be able to have this experience.  🙁

One of the things I think about when I remember the farm, is the Wheat Berry Cereal my Grandma & Grandpa used to make us.  They would make it with wheat straight from the grain bins…home grown and home made. Amazing.

So when I was in a bulk food store a while ago, and I saw these wheat berries, I had to have them.  I had to make this treat for my kids.  Honestly, this is one of my most favourite breakfasts ever.  But it’s a heavy bowl of cereal, and not something I could eat everyday for sure.  But a treat once in a while, it is!

Wheat Berry Cereal

It’s so chewy, creamy, and yummy! So, if you are looking for something a little different for breakfast, this is it. And it’s perfect for cold winter mornings.

Wheat Berry Cereal

You have to eat this cereal with cream and brown sugar.  Pure heaven!

Wheat Berry Cereal

Make sure to give yourself a lot of time to make this cereal.  The wheat needs up to an hour or more to soften.  I remember my Grandparents actually putting this on the stove at night, on the lowest setting so it would be ready in the morning.  So good.

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Wheat Berry Cereal

Author Jo-Anna Rooney

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried wheat berries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil, then add the salt and wheat berries. Stir.
  2. Reduce heat to a very low simmer and cook, uncovered, until all the almost all the water is absorbed, and the wheat is chewy but not crunchy. This will take between 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Drain any remaining water.
  4. Serve with cream and brown sugar!

Recipe Notes

I usually make this cereal the night before and put it in the fridge overnight. Just reheat the amount you want to eat for breakfast (I just use the microwave).

 

Have a delicious day!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Daniela @frugal ain't cheap November 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM I have been buying wheat berries for several years (to mill my flour), but just recently discovered I could cook it and eat it! I have been experimenting with it...definitely will give this a try. I love how chewy those are!! thanks!
  • Reply Cindy November 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM Interesting Jo-Anna. My hubby loves Oatmeal for breakfast. I would sure LOVE me some of those glass Milk jugs. Wish we could get something like that in Ontario :)
  • Reply Barb November 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM What a beautiful post...
  • Reply Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods November 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM Yum! This sounds delicious. I'm a big fan of grains for breakfast :) Visiting from the share it link party :)
  • Reply Barb on the West Coast May 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM I'm not sure, but I think these are what my mother made for breakfast when I was a child in the 50's. Since she was raised in the early 1900's in the wheat fields in Canada, I trust this was something they ate. I have been looking all over for these, and your pictures look exactly like what my memory is. My mother would soak them over night however, then cook in the morning. I think I'm headed to the health food store! Thanks.
    • Reply Jo-Anna May 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM Hi Barb! It probably is the same dish - my Grandma used to make it for my Dad during that same time frame, and they were wheat farmers in Saskatchewan. Then they started to make it for us grandkids - I have such fond memories of this breakfast! And I think that my Grandma used to soak them overnight too. Enjoy!!
  • Reply Lisa July 8, 2013 at 8:23 PM Hi Jo-Anna, I found something called Wheat Hard Red Organic from Amaranth but there was also a product called Wheat Soft White. Are these wheat berries? It looks the same but I wondered what you used? I bought the hard wheat as it was a fraction of the price of the soft wheat (.36/100g vs 4.36/100g). Plan to give it a go tonight. Thanks.
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 8, 2013 at 8:34 PM Hi Lisa! The hard wheat will work just great! Just check on them after about 1 hour of cooking to make sure that there's enough liquid to absorb (taste test them - they should be chewy but not at all hard). Enjoy!

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