Saturday, September 25, 2010

How to Cook Barley

"Barley is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nut-like flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. Its appearance resembles wheat berries, although it is slightly lighter in color. Sprouted barley is naturally high in maltose, a sugar that serves as the basis for both malt syrup sweetener. When fermented, barley is used as an ingredient in beer and other alcoholic beverages"

To cook barley
1 c water, vegetable stock, chicken stock or beef broth
1/2 c barley
about 1/4 tsp salt or to taste (If using canned broth omit)
Bring the water or stock to a boil, add the barley and salt. Return to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook UNDISTURBED for about 45 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. 
Barley can be served as is or added to your favorite recipe.

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