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If you’ve ever made wheatberries, you know that they take a looooooong time to cook. So when I want some for dinner, I’ll usually start making them around breakfast-time.

Here the berries are, ready to commence their cooking journey:

Little do they know, they’re about to be massacred…

Katie’s Recipe for how NOT to cook Wheatberries

Yesterday, when I set off to cook my wheatberries, all was as it should have been. I put the pre-soaked berries under a low flame while I enjoyed breakfast. Afterwards, I lowered the flame to a simmer while cleaning up. So far, so good.

But then, since I was all sweaty from running earlier that morning, I sauntered upstairs to take a shower, completely forgetting about my wheatberries. Uh oh!

Emerging from the shower, I was greeted with a smell reminiscent of burnt toast.

“Hmm,” I thought to myself. “I didn’t have any toast this morning, and I don’t think my parents did either. What could that smell be?”


Poor little wheatberries; they never saw it coming. (Not to mention the poor kitchen pot!)

But never fear; this story does have a happy ending. Luckily, there was still plenty of time to cook up another bunch of wheatberries before dinner.

(Below, a beautiful rainbow stir fry in a red-wine-vinegar sauce)

And they all lived happily ever after (in my tummy).

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) says:

    Hahaha! Forgetting that you are cooking is something I think all of us have to go through. I bet that pan was a pain in the bum to clean.

    Your meal looks gorgeous, all the color! I’m happy you had enough time to cook more wheat berries!

  2. Jenn says:

    Haha oh how I LOVE the title of your post!

    I bought a giant bag of wheatberries about a month ago and STILL have yet to try them out. Thanks for reminding me to keep an eye on the stove when I finally do ;o)

  3. Bianca says:

    Ooohh…pretty colors! And those poor, poor wheatberries. I’ve done the same thing many times with brown rice. I usually prepare it in the mornings if I’m having it for dinner since it takes so long to cook. And sometimes, I forget…oops!

  4. Alice (in Veganland) says:

    oh! poor wheatberries! I actually kind of learned to cook because my mother was always forgetting the food on the stove… But at the end you saved the day!

    (thanks for blogging a disaster, I’m not the only one! woohoo!)

  5. Vegan_Noodle says:

    I’ve been doing the same thing with quinoa lately.. and there’s really no excuse to burn that! The suckiest part is cleaning that dang pot! Glad you saved the meal though!

  6. fruity says:

    I have never cooked wheat berries before, but thanks for the warning!

    Yea, it is kind of lame how the airports make you throw out jars of nut butters; they are a perfect travel food!

  7. Pink Theory says:

    haha..loved the title of your post…or rather the subtitle below. The rainbow stir fry seems to have more than made up for the kitchen mishap.

  8. jessy says:

    i did the same things with a batch of brown rice once! eek! i’m glad you had time to make more wheatberries! your post title is cracking me up – and the rainbow stir fry looks freak’n amazing! i want to put it in my face! 😀

  9. Rach-ums says:

    Lol You poor thing. I hate it when that happens! We’ve all been there, and most of us more than once. Your successful food looks great though!

  10. Emma says:

    Mmmm stir fry looks yummy- I am glad that you managed to cook some successfully. It is always disappointing when a cooking mishap occurs (I should know I have had loads!)

  11. Happy Herbivore! says:

    I agree with jennifer, the worst part about burning is trying to clean the pot afterward!

  12. ashley says:

    That was a beautiful story. How did they taste when they were all done? (Assuming you only ate the 2nd batch!)

  13. Vaishali says:

    Funny story! Reminded me of all those times I’ve burnt food. The stir-fry looks gorgeous.

  14. Ricki says:

    The colors in that stir-fry are gorgeous! Glad you got to eat the wheat berries in the end. (Oh, and if you soak them overnight in water, covered, in the pot, then drain and cook the next morning, and they cook up much faster–less chance of forgetting!) 🙂

  15. Sanja says:

    Do you really run every single morning?

  16. Healthy eating blog says:

    aww, such a happy ending! i know how it feels to ruin something beloved and much looked faward to in the kitchen. im SO SORRY! :o( well, at least you got a new batch cooked right?

  17. Katy says:

    We both had problems in the kitchen today! But at least other can learn what NOT to do from our mistakes, right??? 😉
    I love how colorful your meal was!

  18. Theresa says:

    Oh well, you can’t win ’em all, can you?

  19. Vivacious Vegan says:

    I’ve never eaten wheat berries before. Now I’m curious about them.

    I can empathize with the burned food.

    I made a cheesecake on Sunday and started cooking down some strawberries for a glaze – forgot about them and burned them all into the pot. What a mess – and a bummer.

  20. CeciLiA says:

    LOL!! Don’t you just hate it when you burnt your food!! I tried to make an upside down cake once and somehow I managed to burnt it :0( Cleaning the skillet was the worst part!!!

    On another note, I’ve never tried wheatberries before, are they really good for you?! I’m really confuse about which is the best grain to eat!!!

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