What Is Barley?

Thursday, January 19, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

Thanks to Tropical Traditions for providing me with a free sample of this product to review. 

Barley. It's hard to hear that word, and not instantly think of beer. It's certainly the first thing I think of... and I'm not even a beer-drinker. I imagine frou-frou beer shops around the world, sprinkling barley no top of their brews... everyone is laughing and having a good time. But, it turns out that hardly anybody actually uses barley as a beer topping. Apparently, it's actually a totally alcohol-free grain. Crazy... I know.

What Is Barley?
Hulled barley is a healthy high-fiber, high-protein whole grain boasting numerous health benefits.  Some call it scotch barley or pot barley. When cooked, barley has a chewy texture, similar to pasta or brown rice. Soup is the most popular way to eat barley, but it can be used like any other grain such as couscous or rice. You can serve a curry or stir-fry over barley instead of rice or make a barley pilaf. Some roast and grind it for a coffee substitute. It also makes a delicious breakfast, just use it in place of oats.

How Do You Cook Barley?
Hulled barley is actually super-easy to cook - very similar to cooking rice. Just take 1 cup of dry hulled barley and add it to 3 cups of water. Cover it and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

How Do You Cook Barley In A Slow Cooker?
I'm a big fan of super-easy recipes. So, I decided to cook my barley overnight in a slow cooker to have in the morning as a breakfast dish. Just add 4½ cups of water & 1 cup of (hulled) barley into your slow cooker. Toss in dried cranberries or your favorite dried fruit. Sprinkle spices like cinnamon, ground clove, nutmeg, and allspice into the slow cooker at night. Cook on low for eight hours, and your delicious & healthy sweet barley porridge will be ready in the morning. (Makes 4-6 servings)

Sweet Barley Porridge is a delicious breakfast

Try It
See for yourself how amazing this stuff really is! You can order a 5lb bag of Tropical Traditions USDA Organic Hulled Barley Whole Grain HERE for the special sale price of $8.15 retail price of $9.81. In addition, first-time purchase will also receive a FREE gift, the book "Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people's lives and how it can change yours!" This book is packed with testimonies and solid research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how people can incorporate coconut into their diet.

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