How to Toast Grains and Spices Without Burning Them to a Crisp

May 28, 2015

Yes, sometimes even BA staffers make basic cooking mistakes. Like, say, something as simple as toasting grains and spices. Below, associate web editor Elyssa Goldberg confesses her millet disaster to digital food editor Dawn Perry. Here’s Perry’s advice for making sure it never happens again. Welcome to Effed it Up.

Dear Dawn, who can save me from cooking dinner with my woes,

Last week, I wanted to get on the alt grain train. I even bought a bag of millet for the occasion. Several recipes I peeked at suggested I toast my millet before cooking to unleash its nuttiest qualities.…