Soaking Grains-Benefitial to Your Health

Anna B.


Soaking is the first step to a green, energy-saving way of cooking grains. But did you know that this practice is beneficial to your health as well? Whole grains inhibit enzymes and other natural substances that interfere with the body’s absorption of the desired elements. Pre-soaking breaks down phytic acid, which allows the body to freely absorb the minerals and nutrients and makes the grains more digestible.

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5 Min


12 Hr


No-Cook or Other


2-4 Tbsp
acidic medium (lemon juice, buttermilk, kefir, yogurt, whey, or apple cider vinegar)
2 c
1/2 c
cooking grain (rice, millet, quinoa, barley, or wheat)

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine the acidic medium with water and pour over your cooking grain. For the best results, soak grains for 12 hours, or overnight, at room temperature. Before cooking, rinse the grain well with tap water.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtag: #grains