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How to cook pearled and hulled spelled: all the tips – Italian Cuisine

Spelled is an excellent substitute for rice and is a very nutritious cereal, easy to cook and to use in a thousand recipes

The Emmer it's a cereal increasingly used in the kitchen, even instead of rice. Easy to prepare, it is very nutritious, but above all it is versatile: it can be made in soups, but also toasted like moles risotto or how side.
Curious to know the techniques to cook it? Below we provide you with a practical overview, while in our gallery you will find many recipes in which to use it.

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How to cook pearl spelled

What is the difference between pearled and hulled spelled?
The pearly one is deprived of the outer skin. For this, before boiling it, just rinse it under running water and then cook it in a little water, so that it can be absorbed by the beans. About half an hour will be enough, first with a lid and then the last few minutes without.

How to cook hulled spelled

The hulled spelled, on the other hand, has an outer skin. For this reason, it may take about an hour to cook it in a normal pot, and before you have to let it soak for at least an hour. If you use the pressure cooker, you can cut cooking times in half.

How to cook steamed farro

Both types of spelled can be steamed using a steamer. Bring the water to a boil, then place the steamer, pour in the spelled and cook for about half an hour.

How to cook spelled in soup

Spelled soup is a winter must, to warm the stomach and palate. To prepare it, just boil the spelled separately and then add it to the vegetables you have chosen for your preparation: potatoes, beans, courgettes, carrots… whatever you want.

How to cook toasted spelled

Spelled can be an excellent substitute for rice in risottos, for example. If you use raw spelled, you will need to soak it before using it in the recipe. Prepare the sautéed risotto and then pour the spelled into it. Toast it for 5/6 minutes, without letting it burn. After toasting it, add the broth little by little, always stirring to prevent it from sticking to the pan.

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How to desalt and cook cod: tips and recipes – Italian Cuisine

Salted cod, otherwise known as cod, is a staple of Italian cuisine. But how to prepare it? Here are the right tips and some recipes to try

The salted cod it is the protagonist of numerous recipes, from North to South, but it is often not used as it is believed that its preparation is laborious. Which is true, but with a few simple tricks you can easily prepare it, to have it ready to be declined in numerous delicious recipes, such as cod Vicentina or the creamed cod.

First, you need to do one distinction between cod and stockfish, which are often exchanged. The raw material is always the Cod, but while the stockfish is dried, the cod is preserved in salt.

Having made the necessary distinctions, here is now the vademecum to cook cod with no more secrets.
Consult our gallery to find instead some recipes with which to decline your cod.

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How to clean cod

After buying the cod, take care to remove the tail and fins. Then rinse it well under running water to desalt it and cut it into two parts, following the center line. Then peel it.

How to desalt cod

The desalination process is undoubtedly the most laborious part. Put the salted cod in a basin in the kitchen sink by changing the water at least three times a day and rinsing it each time under running water. The length of the procedure depends on the fish: if it is only salty, one day is enough; if it is also dried, it takes at least 1 or 2 days.

Pay attention to the bones

Now your cod is ready to be cooked, but before proceeding, check again very well that there are no bones or skin residues left (unless you have to fry it: in this case, it is also okay to leave the skin).

If you don't use it right away, freeze it!

A ready face, if you don't want to cook it immediately, you can also freeze it tightly closed in a food bag.

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How to cook the lucky pomegranate – Italian Cuisine

From jellies to macaroni with meat sauce, 4 original ideas and 4 delicious recipes to bring the auspicious fruit, the pomegranate, to the table

With 600 grains per fruit (they are called arils), beautiful as rubies and very healthy, it is a wonder to be well and to rejoice at the table. Venture into inspiring pairings and enjoy the freshness of this eternal symbol of prosperity: the pomegranate.

How to clean the pomegranate, we explain it below with a video of our Cooking School, fear not!

The pomegranate or the pomegranate? Remember that the pomegranate is the plant, while the pomegranate is the fruit.

4 original ideas with pomegranate


Soak 40 g of gelatin sheets; heat 380 g of pomegranate juice, 20 g of lemon juice and 300 g of sugar; when it boils, remove from heat and melt the squeezed gelatine in it.
Pour into a small plate lined with film forming a 2-3 cm layer; put in the fridge to set.
Then cut the gelatine into 2-3 cm cubes. Cover them with grated coconut, brown sugar, a mix of cinnamon powder, ginger and sugar, or top them with a few flakes of Maldon salt.


Divide 4 cow goats (about 380 g) into three pieces using kitchen twine (in this way the cut will be more precise) and roll them in the chopped pistachios.
Arrange them on a serving dish and complete with pomegranate grains.


Bring 400 g of water with 300 g of sugar and 4 stars of star anise on the stove; boil for 15-18 minutes. Let cool, then strain.
Finely chop a few cocoa beans.
Dip the upper edge of the cups in the egg white and then in the chopped cocoa beans. Let it dry.
Pour in the anise syrup first and then the pomegranate juice, filtering it.


Thinly slice the salami and arrange it on a serving dish with the slices of culatello. Accompanied with lots of pomegranate grains.
Their slight acidity will cleanse the mouth from the sensation of fatness and the sweetness will create a pleasant contrast with the flavor of the cured meats.

4 recipes with pomegranate


Easy commitment
Time 25 minutes plus 3 hours of marinating
Gluten free

300 g skinless amberjack fillet
300 g skinless salmon fillet
200 g pomegranate juice
30 g raspberry vinegar
dill – thyme
frisee salad
extra virgin olive oil
salt – Sichuan pepper

Arrange the two fish fillets in a baking dish, add a sprig of thyme, pour 100 g of pomegranate juice and raspberry vinegar, add salt and flavor with a teaspoon of crushed Sichuan peppercorns.
Seal with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 3 hours.
Reduce 100 g of pomegranate juice over the heat to low until you get a thick syrup.
Drain the fish fillets and cut them into slices; alternate them on plates, add a few leaves of curly salad and dill, season with a drizzle of oil and the reduction of pomegranate juice.


Easy commitment
Time 30 minutes

500 g cleaned squid
500 g cleaned cuttlefish
180 g bacon slices
100 g peanut oil
50 g pomegranate seeds
1 yolk
baby spinach
extra virgin olive oil

Brown the bacon in a non-fat pan until crisp, then drain on kitchen paper.
Roast the cuttlefish in a veil of extra virgin olive oil; after 1 minute add the squid and cook for another 2 minutes.

For the mayonnaise: Blend 25 g of milk with the pomegranate grains, the yolk and a pinch of salt, then add drizzle the peanut oil and continue to blend until you get a smooth and fairly thick emulsion.

Spread the mayonnaise on the plates, then the bacon, cuttlefish, squid, spinach leaves and, if desired, diced pomegranate jelly (see previous recipe) or simple grains.


Easy commitment
Time 30 minutes

500 g short pasta such as macaroni
500 g diced veal pulp
50 g butter
1 sachet of saffron powder
diced vegetables (1 carrot,
1 onion, 1 stalk of celery)
dry white wine
Grana Padano Dop
thyme – sage – rosemary
extra virgin olive oil

Cook the diced vegetables in a saucepan with 2-3 tablespoons of oil and an aromatic bunch made with sage, thyme and rosemary for 3-4 minutes.
Brown the veal in butter for 4-5 minutes, blend with half a glass of wine and let it evaporate; Transfer the meat to the sautéed vegetables casserole and keep everything warm.
Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water scented with saffron, drain it al dente and add it to the ragù.
Add 4-5 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds, sauté everything over a high flame for less than 1 minute, stir in the grated parmesan and serve with fresh pomegranate seeds.


Medium commitment
Time 1 hour and 40 minutes plus 2 hours of rest


350 g flour 00
220 g butter
130 g powdered sugar
100 g almond flour
3 g baking powder for cakes
1 egg – 1 yolk
ground cinnamon – vanilla
lemon – salt

400 g fresh cream
200 g milk
150 g granulated sugar
8 yolks – Tonka bean

160 g pomegranate juice
40 g granulated sugar
4 g edible gelatin in sheets
pomegranate grains

For the shortcrust pastry:
Mix the butter with the icing sugar, a pinch of salt, a pinch of cinnamon, the seeds scraped from a vanilla pod and the grated zest of 1/2 lemon; add the egg and yolk and lastly the flour and yeast. Knead until you get a firm dough, wrap it in baking paper and let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour.

For the cream:
Mix the milk with the cream and bring to a boil. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar, season with a grated Tonka bean, add the milk and cream and mix well.

For the tart:
Roll out the shortcrust pastry and line a mold with it (ø 22 cm, h 4 cm); prick the bottom, cover with a sheet of baking paper, fill with dried legumes and bake at 180 ° C for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove paper and legumes and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Fill the tart with the cream and bake for another 45 minutes. Finally let it cool, then carefully unmold.

For the jelly:
Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water.
Bring 80 g of water with the pomegranate juice and sugar to the heat; at the first boil remove, add the squeezed gelatin and mix well to melt it; let it cool down.
Pour the jelly on the cake and after a few minutes add the grains. Let it set completely before serving.

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