What is hulled millet? I have all the answers for you and more. Millet is popular all over the world, but for some reason, it hasn't gained in popularity in the United States yet. That is unfortunate and let me tell you why. This seed is a one that we should include more often in our everyday foods.
What is millet?
Millet is often thought of as a whole grain an ancient grain, or even seeds, but in fact, it is a cereal grain- similar to sorghum. You may well hear them called millet grains or millet seeds.
It has a nut-like flavor and can be used in a wide variety of foods.
Millet has ancient African origins- like 12,000 years old. Millet is drought-resistant and hearty, making it ideal for developing countries with less-than-ideal climates and growing conditions.
It has also long been a staple in Eastern Europe as well. Here in the United States, it is also grown in Wyoming, Colorado, South and North Dakota, and Montana.
Here in the United States, it is usually known as bird feed or animal feed. Hopefully, it will soon be known for more than that.
It is gluten-free, which is why it has gained popularity over the last few years.
What is hulled millet?
Whole millet has a hard, indigestible covering that has to be removed or hulled before it can be used for human consumption.
Hulled millet is the most common type of millet sold.
Millet that has been hulled can be cooked and eaten as porridge. It can also be ground into millet flour, or even fermented to make an alcoholic beverage.
What is the difference between hulled and unhulled millet?
The difference is one has the hard, indigestible covering and the other has had the covering removed.
Once the millet is hulled, you will see it is a tiny yellow grain.
Some hulled millet is also called "pearled millet" or pearl millet as well.
Where can I buy millet?
I always try to find my foods locally before purchasing them online. I have a WinCo near me that carries millet in their bulk section. It is also carried in several of my local health foods stores.
Can you eat hulled millet?
You sure can. These tiny grains have a delicious nutty flavor. It is also a versatile grain that works well in a variety of dishes.
Hulled millet makes a great hot breakfast cereal. Check out this recipe from Very Well Fit. I love topping cooked cereal with fresh berries.
It is more than just breakfast cereal though. It can be subbed in for your grains in your favorite buddha bowl.
I also like to keep cook quinoa and add it to grain salads as well. Sprinkle a few tablespoons into your favorite salad.
You can also use millet flour, and this post from Everyday Gluten-Free will teach you all you need to know. Be sure to add it to your baking ingredients in the pantry.
Is hulled millet the same as quinoa?
Both millet and quinoa are gluten-free, but they are not the same. For starters, they come from a completely different plant. Quinoa is a complete protein, millet is not. But, millet is also a milder grain than quinoa with almost a buttery flavor to it.
I use millet more often as it is much cheaper than quinoa. Especially when you buy it in bulk.
What does it mean when a grain is hulled?
All grains have a harder outer covering. When it is hulled or pearled, this removes the tough outer hull of the grain. Some grains are easier to remove the hulls, and some it is more of a challenge.
All true grains have a hull, just something to keep in mind.
How to cook millet
Cooking millet will produce a light texture and a nutty flavor.
1 cup of uncooked millet produces about 3 ½ cups of cooked millet. Bring your liquid to a boil. this can be water, broth, or a blend of water and milk.
Rinse the millet, to begin with. Then toast in a little oil over medium-high heat, and add the liquid and butter. Cover and reduce the heat. Cook until it is tender, the cooking time will vary a little bit, depending on how much you are cooking.
This recipe post from The Kitchn will teach you everything you need to know.
If you are wondering how to cook other whole grains, I created a post for that. Or how to sprout whole grains?
Why does my millet taste bitter?
Millet has a natural coating on it called saponin. It is best to rinse this before cooking to remove the coating.
I rinse my millet by placing it in a fine mesh colander and rinsing it with cold water for a few minutes.
Let it drain and it is ready to cook.
How do you store millet?
Raw millet has a very long shelf life. In fact, if it is stored in an airtight container, it will hold well for at least a year. Be sure to store it in a dry place and avoid moisture. Storage conditions make all the difference in the longevity of a grain. It is also best stored in a dark place and not exposed to bright sunlight.
Be sure to add this to your list of long-term storage supplies for grains.