Silly Food Fact
Although Barley is often eaten in soups, as a side dish, desert or main dish, and could sit in the healthful food hall of fame, we eat less than one-half of all crop produced in the United States! Most of the barley produced is used for making barley malt and feeding animals! Barley is one of our oldest cultivated grains and its origins begin in Egypt over 5000 years ago.
Why Our Bodies Love It
In addition to creating yummy tunes in our tummy, barley is very high in healthy protein, fiber and is a whole grain. These nutrients feed our muscles and energy cells in our body while giving our brains super-powers to fly through those tough mathematical obstacle courses at school. The FDA also reports back to us that these nutrients help reduce heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and lower cholesterol.
Care and Picking
Barley lasts for 6-12 months if stored properly. To maximize its self-life, keep it stored in a tightly sealed container and in a cool dark place. For hot climates, it’s a good idea to store it in the refrigerator. Whatever you do, keep it out of sunlight. Barley has a small amount of oil in the grain and this could cause it to go bad, quickly!
Tips and Warnings
Cooked barley can be refrigerated for 3-5 days. For quick power-packed meals, freeze barley in meal-sized snack portions. First lay it out flat on a pan to cool off, and then pack the small portions in freezer safe bags. When you’re ready to eat, just remove it from the bag, place on a microwave safe plate, heat and enjoy!
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