Pearl Barley: Ingredient of the Month

pearl-barleyPearl Barley is a cooking ingredient that is used rarely today, and possibly should be used more often. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber and carbohydrates. It contains little or no fat and is a healthy addition to any diet

Pearl Barley is usually purchased in a dried form. Traditionally you prepare it by soaking for approximately 6-8 hours (overnight if convienient) before cooking. After soaking,  replace with fresh water, bring to boil and simmer until tender, which usually takes 20-30 minutes.

A quicker method of cooking is to put the required amount into a saucepan and cover with water (approximately 3 cups of water for every cup of pearl barley). Bring the water to the boil and simmer for approximately 35 minutes until tender.