Soaking Grains-Benefitial to Your Health

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By Anna B.
from Xoxo, CT

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.

prep time 5 Min
cook time 12 Hr
method 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)

How To Make

  • 1
    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.