Pearl barley has a chewy texture and mild grain flavour. Barley is harvested with the hull intact. Pearling is a scouring process which removes the outer hull and the bran layer of the barley kernel. This process makes the kernels faster to cook but slightly less nutritious.
- Pearl barley is commonly used in soup and stew.
- It also makes a great side dish as an alternative to rice or pasta, and any leftovers can be made into a tasty cold salad.
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Barley can also be used to make a nutritious, hot grain coffee, spread it on a pan, then toast at 400ºF for 1 –1/2 hours or until it is richly brown. Stir every 20 minutes to roast evenly. When done, grind it in a blender to the consistency desired. Use as you would regular coffee to achieve desired strength or flavour.