While barley’s main uses come in commercial livestock food and fermenting in beverages, like beer, barley can have a great use in your kitchen as well.  You often find “pearled barely” in the bulk bins which is hulled barely that has had the bran removed however you will occasionally see hulless barely which takes longer to cook (but it also less processed.)  Furthermore, you can also find barley flakes, similar to oatmeal shape, which makes a great hot breakfast in the morning (I add the flakes to a morning bowl of oats or use the flakes in place of oats in granola.)

I love the unique slightly nutty taste of barley that works well holding up in a salad or soup.  Cooking instructions for all the types of barley can be found here.  Beyond the great taste, Barley also has numerous has numerous health benefits!

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Vegetarian Barley Recipes from around the web: