Basic Pearl Barley
Pearl barley requires no soaking. Instant or quick-cooking barley usually cooks in 10 to 12 minutes. Follow package directions for specifics. Makes a wonderful addition to hearty vegetable soups.
1 cup regular pearl barley
3 cups water or stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
- Before measuring the pearl barley, be sure to sort through it and remove any stones or extraneous materials that may have slipped through the packaging process.
- Place barley, water and salt, if using, in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 45 minutes or until barley is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Fluff grains with a fork. Cool before refrigerating.
Makes 4 servings.