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Wild Rice

November 26, 2015

  Soaked and Cooked Wild Rice

  • 1 Cup Wild Rice Blend

  • Water

  • 2 Tbsp. Whey, Kefir, Buttermilk, or 1 Tbsp. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp. Salt, Optional



1.  Soak rice in 2 cups of water and 2 Tbsp. whey, on your counter, for 12-24 hours.  At this point, you cover the container and place it in the fridge, soaking liquid and all for up to a week, or cook right away.  


2. Before cooking, drain soaked rice through a very fine mesh strainer, a strainer lined with a kitchen towel, or a nut milk bag.  Rinse well with cool water.  Give the strainer a shake to ensure that there is no excess liquid.


3.  Add soaked wild rice, 1 1/2 cups of water, and salt to a medium pot.



4.  Bring to a full rolling boil.


5.  Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.


6.  Remove the pot from heat and let stand covered for 5-10 more minutes.


7.  Remove the lid, fluff with a fork and enjoy.  Use in place of white rice and pasta, add to a savory dish, a soup, or a cold salad.  I like a little scoop of wild rice on a green salad, to give the salad more staying power.  We also use wild rice for grain bowls.  





Things that can affect your cooking time and liquid amount required:


  • How long soaked.  If you soak less than 12 hours, you may need additional water.

  • Type of cooking vessel, size and shape.  The water will evaporate faster in a more wide and shallow shaped pan.  

  • Age of grains.  Old grains may take longer to cook.  

  • Quantity cooked.  If you significantly increase your volume of grains cooked, you will need to also increase cooking time.   

  • Type of cooking method ie:  stove top, rice cooker, oven method.  Each method will very slightly.  For health reasons, I do not recommend cooking grains in a pressure cooker.  

  • Altitude also affects cooking time.  I am at an altitude of 4,775, if you are at high altitude or sea level, you will need to adjust cooking time accordingly.  

  • Prepare to be a little flexible the first time you soak and cook a particular grain. Consider it an experiment.  Start with this as a base and alter it as needed.  

  • Wild rice is a particular type of rice in a wild rice blend.  






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