I checked your chart for cooking grains and you mentioned an option for soaking grains overnight. I did recently buy some millet and am wondering how to soak it overnight. Do I soak it in the water called for in the recipe and cook it in the soak water? Or do I drain it and add a smaller amount of fresh water/liquid when cooking the millet?
That is a very good question! I have explored both of these options. I have concluded that, at least in this scenario, the easier option is preferable.
Soak any grain in the proper amount of cooking water. Once the 8 hour or overnight soaking time has passed, transfer the soaking water and soaked grains to the stovetop (or crockpot) for cooking.
There are occasions when you might choose the second option: soaking the grains, draining them, rinsing them, and then adding fresh water for cooking. You would choose this when just the right amount of water is not critical for your finished dish. For instance, if you're adding the grain to a soup, you can be virtually certain that there is plenty of water to cook the grains fully.
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