Wheat Berries

Alkaline food charts list all wheat as acidic and I would have to disagree because low-heated wheat berries are alkaline. The issue is how it is being processed, cooked and used.

Wheat Berries Are Alkaline

“In whole live grain you have nearly every known vitamin and mineral known to mankind, but this live food must not be killed by overheating. In its hard state, grain is generally a pH 5. By using presoaked, low-heated grain we raise it from the objectionable pH5 to a pH7 which is easily assimilated.” – Dr Christopher, Curing The Incurables

For the grain to measure alkaline it would first need to be in its whole food state (wheat berries) and then cooked on low heat, keeping the nutrients in the grain as well as the enzymes (helps with digestion). Wheat berries are very high in protein, fiber, manganese and selenium. They are high in magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, and thiamin.

I started making low-heated wheat berries in a thermos (my preferred method) many years ago, adding them to my salads, soups (after soup is in bowl), or with a little honey, raisins and banana.

Where to Buy Wheat Berries

Look for wheat berries at your local store, health food store, or online. Wheat berries are brown-colored and are grown during Spring and Winter. They are available as red or white and soft or hard.

We buy 50 lb. bags of Hard Red Winter Wheat by Wheat Montana Farms from a local Menonite store, but you can purchase online. We store it in mylar bags with an oxygen pack. The grain will keep fresh for 10+ years, if stored properly.

How To Cook Wheat Berries, Low-Heated Overnight

Wheat berries are done when the kernels pop open and they become chewy. You can’t overcook the wheat berries and can leave them in the thermos or pot, on the counter, until you are ready to eat them that day. Refrigerate any berries you do not use.

Thermos Method

You will need to locate or purchase a quality stainless steel insulated thermos that will keep heat for over 12 hours. Your plastic insulated thermoses designed to keep coffee warm will not retain enough heat.

  1. first, measure out the amount of grain, rinse well, and soak in water for 8 hours.
  2. drain and add to the thermos.
  3. fill thermos with water that is almost to the boiling point.
  4. cover thermos, shake well, and lay flat on counter overnight.
  5. drain off any excess water and use.
Crock-Pot Method
  1. first, measure out the amount of grain, rinse well, and soak in water for 8 hours.
  2. drain and add to the crock-pot and turn on lowest setting.
  3. cover the berries with water that is almost to the boiling point (3x the amount of grain).
  4. cook on low all day or overnight.
Cooking Pan Method
  1. first, measure out the amount of grain, rinse well, and soak in water for 8 hours.
  2. bring water to almost the boiling point (3x the amount of grain).
  3. remove from heat, drain berries, and add to the pan.
  4. cover with a tight fitting lid and wrap snug in a thick towel.
  5. let sit in a warm place overnight or all day.


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