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All natural medium pearled and hulled barley is a member of the cereal grain. Oprah calls barley a Super Food! It is high in protein, fiber, Vitamin B6 and phosphorous. Not only is barley a low glycemic grain, it is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps the body metabolize fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates, and lowers blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber commonly called “roughage”, promotes a healthy digestive tract and reduces the risk of cancers affecting it. A recent study has shown that eating whole barley can help regulate blood sugar for up to 10 hours!

Barley is excellent in breakfast cereals, soups, stews, as a rice substitute in risotto, and even in bread.

How to Cook Barley

To cook, bring 1 cup barley and 2 1/2 cups water or broth to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook, covered, until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 40 to 50 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Makes 3-3 1/2 cups.

Barley Storage:

For cabinet storage, it is best to store barley in sealed containers of plastic or glass. The grain should be tightly wrapped for refrigerator or freezer storage.

The best storage locations for storing barley are cool, dry areas away from heat and light, or store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

Barley can have a shelf life of up to one year if properly stored.

It is best to store barley in the refrigerator or freezer during the summer months or year-round in hot climates, but it must be tightly wrapped to reduce the possibility of the grain absorbing moisture from the refrigeration compartment.

Our Registered Dietitian’s Top Pick

This grain has a hearty texture and delivers fiber that is linked to lowering “lousy” (LDL) cholesterol levels. Particularly it delivers beta-glucan which is a type of soluble fiber and is also considered a source of prebiotics that serve as food for the good bacteria in the digestive tract. Try including barley in grain-based salads and wholesome soups.

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December 28, 2022
Great grain. I use it in soups and stews. Will make a thin, simple broth a lot heartier.
, New York, NY
December 24, 2022
never tried barley before. I ordered this little bag and it was gone in 3 days. That is two meals. ha ha soup and stew. cold weather bring on the barley....
, Westerville, OH
November 5, 2022
Fresh, fresh, fresh...makes for a hearty Barley soup!
, Iron River, MI
October 13, 2022
Winter is coming. Soup-making weather requires generous amounts of barley!
, Arena, WI
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Pearled Barley. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, sesame, and milk products.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 99
% Daily Value
Total Fat   1g1%
Saturated Fat 0g2%
Cholesterol   0mg0%
Sodium   3mg0%
Total Carbohydrate   21g7%
Dietary Fiber 5g19%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein   7g

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice

More Info

Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Refrigeration is not needed.

Country of origin: United States

ID: 7074

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