Here’s how to make grandma’s Gruenkern Soup


Howard Wasserman, Special For The Jewish Light

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Did you have a mom or grandmother who used to make Gruenkern Soup?

Gruenkern Soup

1 pound Gruenkern (green wheat kernels), rinsed and soaked overnight (see note) Farro can be substituted.

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4 pounds of beef short ribs

2 beef bones

2 onions, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Put all the ingredients in a pot and add 12 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, periodically skimming the foam that comes to the top. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

With a slotted spoon, take out the meat and bones and allow them to cool. Meanwhile, skim the fat off the soup. Scoop out any marrow from the bones and return it to the pot.

Separate the meat from the bones, discarding fat and gristle. Chop the meat into 1/2-inch cubes and return it to the pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.