For the 49th week of Dec. 6-12
Week # 49: 10 lbs of Barley
(If you can’t accomplish this in 1 week, don’t worry, just take your time and do it in steps.)
Barley is popular as a staple food, used in soups, as an extender for vegetable proteins and occasionally milled into flour. Barley flour, a by-product of pearling, is used in the United States for baby foods and other specialties. Barley as flatbread or porridge is widely consumed in North Africa and parts of Asia.
Why do I store it?
Barley’s Fiber for Regularity, Lower Cholesterol, & Intestinal Protection. Wish you were more regular? Let barley give your intestinal health a boost. Because of its neutral flavor, it’s easy to blend barley’s nutrition and texture into a variety of foods: soups, sausages, crackers, casseroles, hot and cold ready-to-eat cereals, snacks, breads, cookies, bagels, side dishes, main dishes and granola.
Barley is a very good source of fiber and selenium. It also serves as a good source of the minerals phosphorus, copper and manganese.
Though the United States produces only 3-5 percent of the 200 million metric tons (7-8 billion bushels) of world barley output, the U.S. is consistently one of the top 10 world barley exporters.
Barley is generally available in its pearled, hulled and flaked form. It is available prepackaged as well as in bulk containers. Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the barley are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure its maximal freshness. Whether purchasing barley in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture.
Store barley in a tightly covered glass container in a cool, dry place. Barley can also be stored in the refrigerator during periods of warmer weather.
- Curried Turkey and Barley Casserole
- Orange Barley Pilaf and Ham Sauté
- Barley, Berries and Chicken Salad
- Stacked Ham ‘n Barley Supper Salad
- Easy Greek Barley Salad
- Barley Fruit Scones
- Barley Fruit Muffins
- Barley Swiss Muffins
- Cheesy Barley Fritatta
- Barley Breakfast Hash
- Curried Fruit & Barley Salad
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