Cooking Grains Made Simple

September 18, 2017

Grains are simple and easy to make, but making them taste good is the hard part. They are super healthy and as long as you have some type of grain in the cupboard, then you’ll always be able to make something for your meal. In the following article, we will discuss the different types of grains, as well as how to cook them and what goes good with them.


Being on of the first grains cultivated around 10,000 years ago, barley has made itself well known over the years. Easy to cook, it has a 1:3 cup ratio (1 cup barley to 3 cups water) and is left to simmer for up to an hour. Barley can be used in Greek style salads (red onion, cucumber and feta), soups, stews and chillies.


Recently becoming very popular, couscous is moving up the food ladder although it lacks the same nutrients that other whole grains have. Couscous is very quick to cook, with a 1:1.5 ratio (1 cup of couscous to 1 ½ cups water), all you have to do is let it simmer for about 5 minutes and you’re good to go. Pairs well with stews, stir-fries and curry.


Oats have been well known as the worlds greatest breakfast food. When it comes to cooking them, you have to choices depending on what you are making: boiling or baking. If you’re making classic oatmeal, then it has a 1:3 ratio (1 cup oats to 3 cups water) and you let them cook for about 10-15 minutes. If you are making granola bars, for example, then you would bake them from raw at the amount of time given on your recipe.


Having a higher protein count than normal grains, quinoa is becoming everyone’s favorite protein snack. With a 1:2 ratio (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water), and a cooking time as fast 20 minutes, quinoa is a super easy grain to make yourself before going absolutely anywhere. It pairs well with salads, enchiladas, fajitas and salsas.


While short-grain and long-grain rice have a 1:2 ratio (1 cup rice to 2 cups water) and only take 20 minutes to cook, wild rice has a 1:3.5 ratio (1 cup wild rice to 3 ½ cups water) and takes an hour to cook. Although both pair superbly with vegetables, puddings, stews and curry, wild rice can also be paired with other grains, apples and squash.

Grains are all super filling and are perfect to add depth to any dish you create. Wood Cutting Boards tries to keep people creative and provide the perfect boards to make any of your grain dishes on, check them out today!

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