Saturday, September 25, 2010

Homemade Cream of Wheat (or Farina)

I love to eat......LOVE IT, and I have very fond memories of waking up for church on Sunday mornings at my grandparents' house and eating Cream of Wheat. I love Cream of Wheat, don't ask my why but I think it's delicious. I didn't realize how much it cost to buy it from the store however. I've been eating Cream of Wheat all my life and when I went to college my great grandmother (yes my great grandmother was alive, well and living in her house by herself until about 5 years ago) would send me boxes and boxes of Cream of Wheat. When she died I stopped eating Cream of Wheat and honestly I didn't realize that until about 3 weeks ago when I got a SERIOUS craving for Cream of Wheat. So I headed to Kroger to pick some up, I so happy to be going to get some until I got there. A small box is like $3.69. My thoughts were this exactly, "THESE PEOPLE ARE SMOKING CRACK ROCKS!" The box also says that it has some sort of chemical in it for quick cooking. They put that on the FRONT of the box, so just imagine what's on the side of the box. I couldn't do it, I just couldn't.  I immediately ended my phone conversation and launched my internet browser on my phone because I was determined to find how to make Cream of Wheat from scratch. I do have 75 lbs of organic wheat don't I?

I got home and after a little digging on Google I found this post on The Fresh Loaf (which is a really cool website by the way). I tweaked his recipe a little, the one person portion he made was just WAY too much. I ate it because I was excited but I couldn't eat anything else all day.

Homemade Cream of Wheat

1/3 cup wheat (I used hard white wheat)
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup water

1) Mill wheat to medium coarseness, you can actually do this in a regular blender if you want. I just wouldn't suggest using whole wheat'll end up with paste.

2) Add milk and water

3) Set timer for 15 minutes and stir occasionally

4) At exactly 14 minutes it'll be done. I stir in butter and honey for the last minute but that's just how I like mine.

So tasty and delicious. I love this because you can make it in any quantity, just decide how much wheat to use then add double that amount in water and milk. It's that simple. I calculated that it probably costs me about $0.20 per serving to make this and it's good for me. Check it out:

Nutrition Facts

Homemade Cream of Wheat

  Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
  Total Fat7.9 g
     Saturated Fat4.7 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat0.3 g
     Monounsaturated Fat2.2 g
     Trans Fat0.0 g
  Cholesterol23.8 mg
  Sodium71.4 mg
  Potassium23.1 mg
  Total Carbohydrate71.2 g
     Dietary Fiber4.9 g
     Sugars42.0 g
  Protein10.8 g
  Vitamin A9.1 %
  Vitamin B-120.1 %
  Vitamin B-60.5 %
  Vitamin C0.9 %
  Vitamin D16.5 %
  Vitamin E0.0 %
  Calcium19.5 %
  Copper1.3 %
  Folate0.0 %
  Iron1.3 %
  Magnesium0.6 %
  Manganese1.7 %
  Niacin0.3 %
  Pantothenic Acid    0.3 %
  Phosphorus    0.3 %
  Riboflavin1.0 %
  Selenium0.6 %
  Thiamin0.0 %
  Zinc0.6 %

This calculation includes the butter and honey. Can't tell me this isn't a good breakfast.

Until next time,


  1. wonderful blog!
    i love cream of wheat and i've been looking for a good homemade version.
    this looks delicious and i love how you give the nutritional facts!

  2. Thx. I recently started putting frozen strawberries in for the last few minutes of cooking. I suggest everybody give it a try.