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How to cook Barley

Learn how to cook and store barley.  Recipe suggestions and nutrition facts are also included.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of pearled barley
  • 3 cups of water or low sodium broth
  • A medium-sized saucepan
  • A wooden spoon

How to cook:

  • You will start by adding water or broth to a medium- sized saucepan and add the pearled barley.
  • If using water you can also add a vegetable bouillon (I usually use Better Than Bouillon Organic Vegetable Base), stir and cover.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 45 mins.


Uncooked barley grains:

  • Barley can be stored in airtight containers (glass, aluminum, plastic or ziplock storage bags) in the pantry for up to 6 months.
  • Barley can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 year.
  • When you purchase your barley check the sell by date for the freshest package.
  • Do a smell test.  If the barley smells oily or musty it has passed its prime.
  • Once the package is open, pour into an airtight container and write the date of purchase on the container, so that you can keep tabs on how fresh the grains are.

Cooked barley:

  • Can be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days
  • Can be stored in airtight containers in the freezer for approximately 2 months

Recipe suggestions:

Barley recipes

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 100g
Servings Per Container 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 28.2g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3.8g 15%
Sugars 0.28g
Protein 2.26g 5%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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