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Organic Amaranth Seeds, 45 lbs.
Pleasant Hill Grain's amaranth seed is certified organic, triple-cleaned and perfect for baking & cooking purposes. You can read much more about uses for amaranth further down in this description.
Convenient & safe storage: Our amaranth is certified organic and non-GMO, and comes in six-gallon buckets (or pails... another word for the same container), containing 45 lbs. net weight. When you store amaranth seed at home, it needs to be protected in a couple of ways. First, it needs to be protected from a variety of little critters who'd like to get to it before you do. Weevils and rodents, for example. You also need to protect your bulk amaranth from picking up excessive additional moisture, which can be drawn from the atmosphere. The buckets our amaranth grain/seed comes in provide full protection against these storage risks. They have airtight gasket-sealed lids, Mylar liners, and oxygen absorber packets that remove the oxygen from the air in the bucket after we put the lid on. The O2 absorbers leave an atmosphere of nitrogen in the bucket (because air is mainly oxygen and nitrogen). Our buckets safely lock out pests, and biological processes are put "on hold" in the Mylar protected, oxygen-free nitrogen atmosphere, so your amaranth enjoys complete peace and quiet until you want to use it.
“We had purchased small bags of amaranth at specialty markets. When we discovered the super pail option at Pleasant Hill Grain we were initially cautious because of the up front investment. Ultimately we took the plunge and couldn't be more satisfied.”
– Tim D., IA
Beat oxidation! In whole-grain foods, the plant's cellular walls protect nutrients from oxidation. The process of oxidation begins to occur as soon as grain is ground, exposing the cell's contents to oxygen in the air. Flour that is several days (or more) old, has been exposed to oxygen that inevitably diminishes its nutritional value. The way to get full nutrition from whole grain foods is to mill them when you need them, right in your kitchen. Modern high-speed grain mills make it fast and easy to enjoy the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious food imaginable!
Super-cleaned: All of our organic amaranth seeds are triple-cleaned to ensure purity and protect your grain mill from any foreign objects. (Amaranth that isn't sufficiently cleaned may contain small stones that will damage or destroy a grain mill... not to mention that you don't want such things in your food!)
Non-GMO: All of Pleasant Hill Grain's whole grain products are natural (non-GMO).
Amaranth Uses & History
Amaranth (amaranthus caudatus) is a gluten-free, pseudo-cereal seed with an earthy, grassy flavor, similar to beets. Amaranth seeds can be cooked into porridge, ground into flour, popped or flaked. As a complete protein (containing 18 amino acids), amaranth was an energizing staple for the Aztecs and Mayans who used it to make tortillas, atole and sweets. This tiny seed is a rich source of calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium! Amaranth contains more protein than most other grains and pseudo-cereals.
Amaranth shares many characteristics with quinoa. Both are tiny seeds that are gluten-free, cook quickly, and are complete proteins. While both have a high protein content, amaranth has 9 grams in a 1-cup cooked serving, while quinoa has 8 grams. Also, amaranth has twice as much iron (5 mg in a 1-cup serving). Both quinoa and amaranth are a good source of magnesium and zinc, as well as Vitamin B6. Both have a fairly bland, earthy flavor, but quinoa is milder and can take on the flavor of a dish more easily than amaranth can. Quinoa can be cooked into a soft, fluffy side dish, whereas cooked amaranth has a much wetter consistency with a bit of a chew to it.
The earthy, beet-like flavor of amaranth pairs well with squash, corn, sesame, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate flavors, offering endless possibilities!
Amaranth flour is delicious in pancakes, quick breads, crackers, brownies and much more. This tiny grain can also be popped and mixed into protein bars. While baked goods could be made with 100% amaranth flour, the results would be dense, so it’s best to combine it with other flours for a lighter texture. For quick breads and pastries, excellent results can be achieved by using amaranth flour for 25%-50% of the flour in the recipe.
Since amaranth flour is gluten-free it doesn’t lend itself well to yeast breads, or other recipes where gluten development is essential. In recipes where gluten development is desired, we recommend combining 20% amaranth flour with 80% gluten-containing flours.
Amaranth makes a wonderful addition to gluten-free flour blends. See our gluten-free cookbooks for a plethora of recipes and instructions on how to to use gluten-free grains.
To cook, simmer 1 cup amaranth with 2-3 cups liquid (broth, milk, water, apple cider, etc.) for 20 minutes. Cook uncovered for a drier consistency, and covered for a wetter, porridge consistency. Interestingly, cooked amaranth has a sheen to it, similar to caviar.
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Gamma Seal lids are remarkably practical two-part gadgets that transform standard plastic buckets into rugged, gasketed, resealable storage containers that are both air-tight and water-tight.
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By Chris F. in CA on 2/20/2016 - Verified BuyerAmaranth, it's a great grain. If you buy it from your local store you risk stones and dust. The stones break your teeth and some people have reactions to the dust. Pleasant Hill Grain's amaranth has none of these, tasty and clean and stores well. If you want amaranth then I don't think you will find better.6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By John R. in WI on 6/13/2016 - Verified BuyerThere were no problems this time. The seal on the bag was intact and no stones, sand or foreign substances in the product. I know from past experience that problems can sometimes occur due to human error, but Pleasant Hill Grain staff will stand behind their products.5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Chris F. in CA on 12/17/2017 - Verified BuyerI have tried many brands and this is by far the best. Very clean, no dust, no stones, always tasty.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Tim D. in IA on 4/11/2016 - Verified BuyerWe had purchased small bags of amaranth at specialty markets. When we discovered the super pail option at Pleasant Hill Grain we were initially cautious because of the up front investment. Ultimately we took the plunge and couldn't be more satisfied. Ounce for comparative ounce it's a bargain, the pail preserves it, it's always fresh and on hand, and we have loved it. We use it in a variety of ways, from oatmeal and pancakes to stews. It's been a great addition to our kitchen and diet.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Varick O. in MN on 1/14/2019 - Verified BuyerAmaranth is an excellent morning cereal. I also use it in meat loaf, make amaranth cornbread in my cast iron skillet and put it in pancakes. 45 lb pail is great buy when compared to grocery store prices, I saved $156.00 over the same amount in the 24 oz bags from Red Mill.1 person found this review helpful. Did you?
By Wilfredo D. in CA on 11/6/2017 - Verified BuyerThese products are the best, clean, freshest I have ever seen. Get it.1 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Tim J. in OR on 4/9/2016 - Verified BuyerLong term storage against the day of economic catastrophe that we're headed for.0 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Melinda D. in OH on 8/5/2019 - Verified BuyerVery thankful that I found Pleasant Hill Grain. I am eating more nutritious grains since finding them. As always the Amaranth I purchased from them is high quality, packaged very well and a great value. This makes a great breakfast, paired with a piece of my homemade einkorn bread toast and some fresh fruit.Was this review helpful to you?
By Jane H. in UT on 7/10/2019 - Verified BuyerAmaranth grain is not very well known, but it should be. Amaranth is high in vitamin B6 and in magnesium both highly beneficial for a rigorous lifestyle and or a stress-filled life. I definitely feel a difference within my body after eating Amaranth. It has a sort of grassy taste that I love. I usually will only add a bit of salt before eating it as a breakfast cereal and will also eat it as a grain with a salad and or vegetables for lunch or dinner.
I am grateful that Pleasant Hill Grain provides this unique grain in such a large quantity. The grain is also well sorted and cleaned before being shipped to me.
Thank you, Pleasant Hill Grain, for being an exceptional business filled with kind and helpful staff focused on customer needs and wants through your attention to detail. You also have superior grain quality and products. Way to go!Was this review helpful to you?
By David B. in CO on 12/21/2018 - Verified BuyerThis has been the best source for Amaranth I've found. A lot of other Amaranth brands are just too gritty.Was this review helpful to you?