How to cook freekeh
Combine 1 cup cracked freekeh with 2 ½ cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 18 to 20 minutes; just until most of the water in absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit for another 10 minutes.
If you manage to find whole freekeh, cook as you would wheat berries. Bring water to a boil, add freekeh, and cook until tender but still slightly chewy; 40 to 50 minutes. Drain excess water and serve.
How to use freekeh
Because of its quick cooking time, freekeh is wonderful for putting lunch meals together. I typically use it on salads, alongside roasted vegetables, or as a substitute for rice. During the cooler months, I add freekeh to soups and stews.
How to store freekeh
Freekeh, whether the whole grain or cracked, is best stored in airtight containers in a cool place. Whole and cracked freekeh can be stored up to a year in the freezer or 6 months in the pantry.c
Upon first look, cracked freekeh may look similar to bulgur because they are both types of cracked wheat. However, freekeh is wheat that is picked while still green and then roasted to achieve a slightly smoky flavor. To roast freekeh, the whole wheat stalks are set on fire after drying out, leaving the toasted wheat kernels on.
If you’re looking for a grain that hides in a meal, you might want to look elsewhere. Freekeh can easily serve as a main ingredient/flavor. The grain keeps its texture but adds heft and flavor. If you’re not following a gluten-free diet, freekeh is the perfect swap for quinoa in most dishes.
You can purchase freekeh from a quite a few companies but the quality, amount the grain is cracked, and flavor greatly differ. Of all the brands, Bob’s has consistency in flavor and cleanliness of the grains.