Toasted wheat germ is just that – raw wheat germ that has been toasted.
As long as the wheat germ isn’t toasted too much, it will still retain the vast majority of its nutritional value.
Why is Wheat Germ Toasted?
Wheat germ doesn’t have to be toasted to be consumed, but doing so will keep the wheat germ fresh for so much longer. Raw wheat germ is very fragile and will turn rancid very quickly, especially if exposed to high temperatures.
Most people prefer the nutty taste of toasted wheat germ and it is perfect to add to foods as part of a recipe or just sprinkled onto cereals, salads and yogurts etc.
Toasted wheat germ does cost more than raw wheat germ, but unless you intend to use it in its raw state, the extra cost is probably worth the effort of toasting it yourself.
Toasting Raw Wheat Germ
Some people do like to toast raw wheat germ themselves and it is easy enough to do. Place the raw wheat germ on a tray and into the oven and toast at approx 300 degrees. Stir frequently and keep checking on it because it does tend to burn very quickly!
You can also toast your wheat germ on a skillet or in a frying pan. It usually takes about 3 to 5 minutes and you’ll know it’s cooked when you can smell the sweet, nutty aroma.
Once opened, toasted wheat germ will keep for months in a sealed container in the cupboard and slightly longer in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it and take it out to use whenever you like. Freezing it will keep it fresh for even longer.
Where Can I Buy Toasted Wheat Germ?
I buy 6 jars each time of Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheatgerm from Amazon, which works out cheaper and they last for well over 3 months.
It tastes delicious and I eat at least 2 tablespoons a day. You can sprinkle it over lots of different foods, which makes it so easy and convenient to consume.
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