Freezing, refrigerating and reheating - Sorghum's most practical attributes

It’s a busy time of year – kids are heading back to school, fall gatherings will be kicking off soon, work is eventful. With such an active lifestyle, it can be difficult to prepare fast, healthy meals everyone will love. Sorghum is a healthy, versatile whole grain that can be a tasty solution to preparing meals in minutes.

Even though whole grain sorghum can take up to an hour to cook on the stove, it is worth the time and, there are many tricks to help you add this grain to your favorite meals with ease. You can prepare sorghum in a pressure cooker to reduce cooking time by nearly 40 minutes. You can also use the convenience of a slow cooker. However, one of sorghum’s most practical attributes is that it can be prepared in bulk and then frozen or refrigerated for quick use without losing its quality or texture.

Saving time with sorghum

Cook a batch of sorghum, separate into bags or containers with different stocks and seasonings, and freeze or refrigerate for later use. When you’re ready to use your sorghum, just thaw or take the desired amount out of the refrigerator and add it to your favorite dish! Incorporating different stocks and seasonings with your sorghum allows you to add variety to your meals all week. The possibilities are endless – use your prepared sorghum in salads, breakfast bowls, hot dishes and much more. Let’s get started!

Tips and Tricks for Mastering Meals in Minutes

Basic instructions for freezing or refrigerating cooked grain sorghum

With a busy lifestyle time is of the essence. But your meals don’t have to be compromised! Preparing sorghum in bulk and refrigerating or freezing for later use is the perfect way to get your daily serving of whole grain. Take a look at these basic directions for preparing sorghum for freezing and refrigerating.

  1. Cook whole or pearled grain sorghum using package directions in water or broth. Add in one tablespoon of oil or butter per raw cup of grain. The oil/butter help the grain retain moisture when frozen or refrigerated.
  2.  Once cooked, allow the sorghum to cool to room temperature and portion the grain into freezer resistant plastic bags. 
  3.  When ready to use, thaw if frozen and warm up the grain to use in your favorite dish.    - If in microwave, cover with a wet towel. Start with one minute and add more
           time if needed.
        - If on stovetop, add a little stock or water if needed.
        - If in a steamer, pop the grain in and out.

Try it with this Asian Veggies, Chicken and Grain Sorghum Bowl.

To use in a salad

If using frozen or refrigerated sorghum in a salad, the grain must be warmed up and then cooled down to room temperature before incorporation into the recipe. This allows the grain to regain its moisture and texture as if you had just cooked it. If these steps are not taken, the grain will be hard and starchy in your salad. Here are the directions for creating your easy, delicious salad:

  1. If frozen, defrost in the microwave or let thaw. 
  2. Warm the thawed or refrigerated grain on the stove or in the microwave to allow the grain to loosen. 
  3. Let the grain cool back down to room temperature, and voila! The grain is ready to be mixed with veggies, legumes or greens of your choice.Tip: If the salad is prepared ahead of time and refrigerated, be sure to drench the salad with dressing to keep the grain moist. Prior to use, take the salad out of refrigerator and let stand for a few minutes to allow the oils in the dressing to liquefy and the grain to loosen.

Try it with this Three Bean Wondergrain Salad.

To use in a hot or cold breakfast bowl 

Sorghum is flavorsome in a breakfast bowl and allows you to start your day off right with fiber, protein and energy. To use frozen or refrigerated sorghum in a hot breakfast bowl, just put the thawed grain into a pot and warm it up with milk or another liquid of choice. To use in a cold breakfast bowl, warm the sorghum to loosen the grain prior to mixing with liquid and toppings.

Try it with this Sorghum Berry Breakfast Bowl.

Freeze or refrigerate your cooked dishes

You can even freeze or refrigerate your cooked meals and enjoy them later! If you have prepared a sorghum risotto or paella with various spices, oils and flavors, the finished dish can be refrigerated or frozen and reheated to be eaten later without losing its texture or becoming mushy. This makes sorghum a perfect choice for hectic life styles.

Try it with this Sorghum Pilaf with Roasted Asparagus. 

Tell us how you save time with sorghum!

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