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COOKING OF GRAINS.
All grains, aside from rice, and the assorted grain meals, require extended cooking with mild and steady warmth, with a view to so disintegrate their tissues and alter their starch into dextrine as to render them simple of digestion. Even the so-called “steam-cooked” grains, marketed to be prepared to be used in 5 or ten minutes, require a for much longer cooking to correctly match them for digestion. These so-called shortly ready grains are merely steamed earlier than grinding, which has the impact to destroy any low organisms contained within the grain. They’re then crushed and shredded. Bicarbonate of soda and lime is added to assist dissolve the albuminoids, and typically diastase to help the conversion of the starch into sugar; however there’s nothing on this preparatory course of that so alters the chemical nature of the grain as to make it attainable to prepare dinner it prepared for straightforward digestion in 5 or ten minutes. An insufficiently cooked grain, though it could be palatable, shouldn’t be in a situation to be readily acted upon by the digestive fluids, and is in consequence left undigested to behave as a mechanical irritant.
Water is the liquid normally employed for cooking grains, however lots of them are richer and finer flavored when milk is blended with the water, one half to 2 of water. Particularly is that this true of rice, hominy, and farina. When water is used, delicate water is preferable to onerous. No salt is critical, but when used in any respect, it’s typically added to the water earlier than stirring within the grain or meal.
The amount of liquid required varies with the completely different grains, the style during which they’re milled, the strategy by which they’re cooked, and the consistency desired for the cooked grain, extra liquid being required for a porridge than for a mush.
All grains ought to be fastidiously regarded over earlier than being put to prepare dinner.
Within the cooking of grains, the next factors ought to be noticed:
1. Measure each liquid and grain precisely with the identical utensil, or with two of equal dimension.
2. Have the water boiling when the grain is launched, however don’t enable it to boil for a very long time earlier, till it’s significantly evaporated, as that may change the proportion of water and grain sufficiently to change the consistency of the mush when cooked. Introduce the grain slowly, in order to not cease the sinking to the underside, and the entire turns into thickened.
3. Stir the grain constantly till it has set, however by no means afterward. Grains are far more appetizing if, whereas correctly softened, they will nonetheless be made to retain their authentic type. Stirring renders the preparation pasty, and destroys its look.
Within the preparation of all mushes with meal or flour, it’s a good plan to make the fabric right into a batter with a portion of the liquid retained from the amount given, earlier than introducing it into the boiling water. This prevents the tendency to prepare dinner in lumps, so frequent when dry meal is scattered into boiling liquid. Care have to be taken, nevertheless, so as to add the moistened portion very slowly, stirring vigorously meantime, in order that the boiling is not going to be checked. Use heat water for moistening. The opposite instructions given for the entire or damaged grains are relevant to the bottom merchandise.
Place the grain, when sufficiently cooked, within the fridge or in some place the place it’s going to cool shortly (as sluggish cooling would possibly trigger fermentation), to stay in a single day.