Grains contain a high amount of phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that make it difficult for the body to digest, but if grains are soaked in an acid liquid (buttermilk, lemon juice, sour cream, etc.) the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors break down so the body can digest the nutrients more easity. It sounds like a lot of work, but in reality it only takes a minute or two of prep the night before and of course, some forethought. If you have had problems with wheat and other grains, I encourage you to read about this further because it might just be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Soaking grains has been something that I’ve eased into, not because it was something I didn’t want to do, but in the past, when I tried recipes with soaked grains, I was very disappointed. When I began eating a full organic diet I promised myself I would find a way to cook, using these new ingredients, in a way that tastes just as good as the foods I’d eaten before. I still can’t convert every single recipe I have to using soaked grains; some of them work beautifully and some just don’t, but my goal is to provide you with as many recipes as possible that have soaked grains (I will you give both ways of cooking the recipe, in case this is something you aren’t ready for). I have actually been very busy re-working many of the recipes in my upcoming cookbook to provide a “soaked” option for those who want to do so.
There are also sprouted or soaked flours you can purchase if soaking is not something you want to attempt. I ordered some a few weeks ago and tried it and had great results with baking loaves of bread but because it’s “hard” wheat and has more protein than “soft” or “pastry” flour it doesn’t produce great results for cakes and cookies.
Here’s a wonderful recipe for Whole Wheat Tortillas. You can substitute just about any grain (kamut, spelt, etc) for these, but I prefer making them with whole wheat flour for the buttery flavor. This is also a perfect “first” recipe to try if you’ve never soaked your grain becuase it’s very simple. You can cook and eat them with a generous pat of butter, throw some salad in the middle and have a salad wrap, melt cheese and beans in the middle for quesadillas…really the possibilities are endless.
I’d love to know what your thoughts are on soaking your grains and if it’s something you could see yourself doing in the future.