Do you need to soak amaranth before cooking it?

I picked up some amaranth yesterday. I've found some recipes that say you should soak it before cooking, but is that step really necessary?

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TiggyBee
TiggyBee February 26, 2011

Not necessary unless it's really old. It tends to dry out when it's not stored the right way. That's been my experience with it anyway! Also, don't try to pop it unless you're in the mood for vacuuming burnt grains..

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Kristy Mucci
Kristy Mucci February 26, 2011

Soaking grains is recommended for health reasons. Soaking breaks up the phytic acid on the outer layer of the grain. Less phytic acid means easier digestion and more nutrients absorbed.

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen February 26, 2011

Neither Lorna Sass nor Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks seems to soak first.

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healthierkitchen February 26, 2011

Just curious - how do the recipes that ask you to soak first have you drain the grains? Cheesecloth? They are so tiny!

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