Our instructions will make more sense after you quickly read through our thermos cooking basics.
Ratio: 1 part cracked wheat to 3 parts water
Salt: To taste – try 1/2 teaspoon per cup of wheat to start
Cooking Time: 40 minutes (approx.)
- Boil enough water to fill up your thermos. I like to use an electric kettle, but use the stove or whatever else you have.
- While it’s heating, get your ingredients ready.
- Once your water boils, fill up your thermos, close the lid, and set aside.
- Measure out your water, keeping a 1:3 ratio.
- Boil your measured water.
- When your water is about ready to boil, pour the water out of the thermos.
- Put the cracked wheat and salt in the thermos and pour the boiling water over them, close it up, give in a few shakes, and lay it down on the counter.
Timing (40 minutes) is approximate. It partly depends on what kind of cracked wheat consistency you’re after. Just give the thermos a shake every once in a while. It will slosh around at first, then it will slowly thicken.
You can always open the top and check inside once or twice until you get a feel for it. Remember that you can’t overcook cracked wheat in a thermos, so don’t worry about watching the thermos or emptying it when it’s done. Just leave it on the counter and eat it when you’re ready. You can even put it out the night before – convenient, isn’t it?
- Make a lot! There’s no reason to make a cup or two of cracked wheat. Make as much as your thermos can hold and leave the rest in the thermos for someone else to discover or put it in a container in the fridge and eat it tomorrow. It heats up great in the microwave.
- Make it the night before. What would be better than waking up and having a nice thermos full of hot cracked wheat waiting for you. Just prepare it the night before and leave it on the counter. It’ll be hot and delicious whenever you’re ready for it.