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How to Cook Wheat Berries


  • 1 cup wheat berries, emmer berries, spelt berries or rye berries
  • 3 cups water
  • ΒΌ teaspoon salt, optional


  • If using salt, salt the water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil. Add the berries, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook until tender. Emmer berries may be tender after 20 minutes. Soft white wheat berries may be tender after 30, rye after 45 and hard red after 60 or 90. Because cooking times vary, check the grains often and add more water if necessary to prevent them from drying out.
  • Drain and add the cooked berries to a salad, grain bowl, soup, chili and so on. Or store the cooked berries in the refrigerator for up to a week.


To slash the cooking time, soak the wheat berries before cooking. Strain them, saving the water for plants, and cook them in fresh water.