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hi hounds,

i was at a bulk store today where i spied some amranth grains (or are they seeds?). i bought about 2 cups worth just to try it out. and old coworker of mine used to make hot amaranth cereal (she was sensitive to oatmeal). i eat oatmeal religiously and would like to try making amaranth for some variety.

so, some questions:

- how much does this stuff swell? one cup of raw steel cut oats yields enough breakfast servings for me to last 5 days.

- what is the amaranth to water ratio i should use?

- what is the cooking technique? (boil, simmer, how long, etc.)

- can i cook this in my zojirushi rice cooker (i cook my weekly stash of steel cut oats in my rice cooker and it's super convenient)

thanks in advance for your help!

lilaki

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    1. I've found the rice steamer to work quite well. I put 2 parts water to 1 part amaranth & it took less than an hour. Will have to experiment with times to batch size.

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      1. re: rerhart

        hi rerhart,

        please do post back with your findings.

        i tried cooking it in a pot with water ... simmered it for about 20 minutes ... i think i did a 1:3 ratio (amaranth:water). it seemed to work.

      2. I make mine in a rice cooker--it works great. They don't swell a lot.

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          hi tdq,

          what's the ratio of amaranth to water?

          tks!

          1. re: lilaki

            I always just follow the directions on the back of the package in terms of water ratio. I think it's 2 to 1, just as rerhart says above. You might have to experiment with/tweak the ratio depending on how hot your particular rice cooker works. I like to add cinnamon to mine, too. I don't think it needs any sugar. It's sweet and nutty all on its own.

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              great - thank you. i'll give this a shot. i bought my amaranth from a bulk food store so there are no directions!

        2. Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I'm curious about cooking amaranth together with steel-cut oats. I usually soak the oats the night before (in water that's just been boiled) and then cook it the next morning for just a few minutes. I'm wondering if I can add in some amaranth with the oats initially, or if that will over/undercook. Thanks!

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          1. re: nonaggie

            totally fine to just combine 'whatever you like overnight... oats, amaranth, rye flakes, etc.

            1. re: Emme

              Wonderful, thanks for the advice!