Grain facts and general information about grain products.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Where Does Grain Come From:
Grains are fruits of grasses and plants. Whole kernels are called
Why we Need Grains:
Grains are a source of protein, carbohydrates and other minerals.
- Rice- brown or white
- Cornmeal or polenta
- Grains also include wheat which is what we consume the most.
Wheat includes bread, pasta, flour, and many cereals. Whole
wheat is the best for your nutrition.
Grain Storage Tips:
Store in air tight containers. Many grains like white rice, white
flour and oats will last a long time stored this way. Brown rice,
whole wheat flour can be stored in your freezer or use within a few
months if stored in kitchen cupboards as they can go rancid.
Grain Cooking Tips:
Always cook in a bigger pot as grains will fluff up and take more
room when cooked.
To enhance flavor you can toast grains in a small amount of oil.
Such as this recipe:
Grain Recipes: Our Favorite Rice
In frying pan brown 3 Cups of rice in 1 Tablespoon butter and
2 Tablespoons oil. Add in chopped onions or celery** if using.
Brown until rice is glassy looking. Add 3 Cups of water or chicken
broth to the rice. Cover and cook 20 minutes or until rice is
**You can also sauté 1 Cup chopped onions and/or 1 Cup chopped
celery with the butter and oil.
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