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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Char Nolan - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Char Nolan in her virtual office as she welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to ask anything – from cooking techniques to cou… Read More.



If I grind my grains at home before using them are they still a whole food? Sometimes it sounds like grains have to be used whole.

— Mary Allen


So are they still whole when they are ground? Yes. They become un hole when they are heavily processed. So I wanted to give you an example, because sometimes when I'm reading your assignments, I see where, uh, people will say, I went to grind some spices in my coffee, uh, machine, uh, my coffee grinder, and the herbs ended up taste tasting or smelling like coffee. So what you're gonna do is you have, um, excuse me, uh, this is your immersion, the, the, whoops, excuse me for one second. There we go. Sorry about that. Uh, this is the bottom to your immersion blender. And, uh, you're going to take some whole grains like these, these are hemp seeds, chia and flax, and you're going to put them in here. Now, what I do when I do this is I cover this, the holes up with tape. And then what happens is that you're just gonna hold it this way with the immersion blender. And after about a minute, what will happen is that you'll get these beautiful, this beautifully ground, um, uh, mixture of your grains. So two tablespoons will fit in here, and then what you have to do after that, most importantly, left an important step out, is you've gotta cover it with a saran wrap or that glad sticky wrap or whatever it is that you like to use, but they come out beautifully. And then the other beauty of this is that you can put this in the dishwasher or wash it by hand, and it won't have any coffee oil flavor to it. So, um, that's the answer to my question. And so, no, as long as they still remain whole as these are, um, we, we want, uh, things that are fibrous and that still remains fibrous for you. So I hope that that is, uh, helpful to you.
Char Nolan

Char Nolan

Chef Instructor