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Wild Rice

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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