Product Review: Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Bulgur

Trader Joe’s has just come out with some new post-holiday seasonal products. Among them are a new series of 10 Minute grain products with bags of bulgur, farro, and barley available. I bought the bulgur (reviewed here) and farro (will be reviewing soon). The 10 Minute grains are such because they are pre-cooked (think “instant”). I don’t necessarily mind this because, according to the nutritional information, it doesn’t look like it’s stripped much of the nutrition away (it’s high in protein, fiber, and iron). I also think bulgur is customarily served parboiled so no biggie. Plus, I’m willing to give any new TJ’s product a try.

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But let’s back up. What is bulgur anyway? Bulgur is made from durum wheat and is basically a wheat grain with much of the wheat bran still in tact. It acts and tastes a lot like rice. The most common use of bulgur is in tabboleh salad.

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Overall, I really liked this new item. Each 10 Minute grain bag at TJ’s holds 8.8 oz. and costs $1.49. The bulgur cooked up for me in a little over 10 minutes. It didn’t get mushy though; it retained a nice al dente texture. As for taste I’d say it is bland/plain (I find all grains are though) but I added it to a hearty winter soup (recipe coming soon!) which it complemented nicely. I found that the bulgur quickly absorbed the liquid I cooked it in and, in fact, I needed to add more to achieve the texture I was looking for from the bulgur. The package offers two ways to cook the bulgur (boil and simmer) and provides a few ways to cook with it. I think my favorite ways to use this will be in soups, salads, and in place of rice.

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(Product reviews are never sponsored; they are just my musings on products I’ve tried and want to share with you.)

About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, cereal, going to shows, scarves, kettlecorn, Gwen Stefani, yoga, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
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