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Basic Pearl Barley

No recipe image available.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.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup regular pearl barley
3 cups water or stock
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Fluff grains with a fork. Cool before refrigerating.

Makes 4 servings.