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Cooking Barley Grain

barley grain

History and Healthy Benefits
Delicious Beef and Chicken Barley Soup Recipes,
Bread, and More...

Learn about cooking Barley grain from its history and health benefits to delicious chicken and beef barley soup recipes with vegetables, mushrooms, and a crisp yet moist barley bread.

What Is It?

This ancient whole grain is used primarily in soups, salads, and breads. Many of these recipes call for Pearl Barley which means the grain has had its outer most hull and bran layers polished off. While pearled grain is less chewy and easier to cook, it has lost some of its nutrition. Hulled is the most nutritious form of this remarkable whole grain and barley picture of grain in field the same type that ancient warriors and athletes revered for its ability to make one strong.

History of Barley

The gladiators of Rome, renowned for their physical strength and ferocity in battle, were called Hordearii, meaning "Eaters of Barley". The Romans were not alone in their respect for this ancient grain. Babylonian, Greek, and Chinese cultures also believed that great strength and virility could be achieved by eating Barley.

This wonder food of the Old World is not only nutritious but very versatile. It is used in the production of beer and flour for baking. It can be boiled in soups, and steeped to make tea or Barley water (for medicinal use). It is also commonly used in breakfast porridge in its pearled, flaked, or grits form. Modern scientific research has found it to have more health benefits than our ancestors ever imagined.

Health Benefits of Barley
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Where to Buy
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How To Cook?

Rinse it first then combine 1 part Barley grain with 2 1/2 parts water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 - 40 minutes or until water is absorbed. If you want a faster cooking time, soak it overnight to reduce the cooking time to 15 minutes.

It has a nutty and chewy texture that many people find appealing.

Whether pearled or hulled, Barley grain will store up to 1 year if
stored properly.

Favorite Barley Recipes

beef barley soup recipes

Best Barley Soup Recipes

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We have some of the best online soup recipes with barley. Come check them out...

Barley Bread Recipe

A delicious and healthier alternative to corn bread.

Barley Tea Recipe

Roasted Barley tea is a popular Japanese and Korean drink. Americans sometimes use it as a caffeine-free substitute for coffee

Ingredients (Make 1 Gallon)

  • 1/2 cup whole barley grain, roasted
    (or 3/4 cup milled roasted barley)
    NOTE: If you mill your own grain then set your mill to medium.

  • 1 small hop sock

  • 1 gallon container (e.g. ice tea jar)

  • Directions

    Add barley to hop sock and place in gallon container. Fill container with cold water and refrigerate overnight. (Do not steep grain any longer than one night). Best served fresh and warm in the winter, or cold in the summer. Enjoy!

    Traditional Scottish Barley Pudding Recipe


  • 1 cup barley grain

  • 4 1/2 cups water

  • 1/3 cup currants (or raisins)

  • 1/3 cup raisins

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • Caster (superfine) sugar (No caster? Just grind-up some regular sugar)

  • Light cream (to taste)

  • Directions

    In a medium, heavy-bottomed, saucepan stir in the barley and water. Slowly bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 90 minutes. Stir occasionally. Stir in the currants, raisins, and salt and simmer an additional 15 minutes. Serve warm topped with caster sugar and light cream.

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