What is Cracked Wheat?
Cracked wheat is a whole grain product used in baking made from grinding or chopping wheat berries into varying particle sizes. Cracked wheat comes in three distinct sizes: fine, medium, and coarse. Even fine ground cracked wheat is substantially larger than flour particles, and has the germ and hull of the wheat kernel, unlike white flour.
Cracked wheat is frequently confused with bulgur, another product made from wheat grains. Cracked wheat has no processing other than milling. Bulgur is steamed and cooked before it is packaged, thus it has a nuttier richer flavor and requires less cooking time than cracked wheat.
Cracked wheat is a versatile product that has a shelf life of up to one year if stored in a cool dark place. It has an average protein content of 12.5% and leads to distinct nutty flavors in products. It also gives grainier, earthier tones to pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods it is used in. Cracked wheat is a popular health food because it is a whole grain. Wheat is naturally high in folate, iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, vitamin E, and several B vitamins, which makes adding cracked wheat to products a healthy choice. Cracked wheat also has a high fiber content, making it even more popular among health food advocates.
Cracked wheat is growing in popularity throughout the world, and is most popular in the Middle East, India, and Africa. Cracked wheat should always be washed before it is used to make any number of dishes. Additionally, cracked wheat is not cooked at all. As a result, many chefs prefer to soak cracked wheat for several hours in water before adding it to breads and other products. Fine cracked wheat can be used to replace some or all of the wheat flour in some baked goods. Cracked wheat is used in many different dishes throughout the world. It forms the base of tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern cold salad. It can also be used as a replacement for rice, accompanying meats and chicken. Another popular way to serve cracked wheat is as a hot breakfast porridge. In India, cracked wheat is made into a type of dessert.