Thursday, March 28, 2013

Got spent grains? Here are some things you can make with them!

While brewing with a friend the other day, our conversation meandered to how many breweries provide their spent grains to farmers for animal feed. My friend had the idea that his dogs might really like the spent grains, and by doing a quick Google search, he found that many people make dog food and biscuits out of spent grains. Later that evening as I was dumping out the spent grains into the garbage (we don't have a compost at our new place, sadly), I found myself thinking about the various ways that I could potentially consume spent grains, thus lessening the amount that I throw away.

I have found quite a few recipes on the internet for spent grain breads, cookies, breakfast bars, and much more. Below I've listed some of the most well-reviewed and tasty sounding recipes for your enjoyment! Some of these recipes call for using wet spent grain (be careful to account for the additional moisture in the recipe), and some call for using dried spent grain. Here is how to dry spent grain. Happy baking :)

Spent Grain Recipes for People:

  1. Spent Grain Pizza Dough
  2. Spent Grain Beer Bread (yes, it uses both homebrew and spent grain!)
  3. Spent Grain Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
  4. Spent Grain Meatloaf
  5. Spent Grain Cheddar Scones
  6. Spent Grain Veggie Burgers 
  7. Spent Grain Beef Burgers
  8. Spent Grain Blueberry Cobbler
  9. Spent Grain Bread Recipe for Bread Machines
  10. Spent Grain Flour (you can use this as a flour substitute for many recipes)
  11. Spent Grain Granola (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
  12. Spent Grain Waffles (needs spent grain flour)
Spent Grain Recipes for Pets:
  1. Spent Grain Dog Biscuits
  2. Spent Grain, Turkey Heart and Gizzard Dog Treats 
  3. Give it to your chickens, birds, or squirrels! Apparently, chickens that eat a lot of spent grains lay fantastic eggs...