Soak barley for 4-12 hours, cook in a double boiler for 1 hour. Cook for 1 more hour without soaking.
How to cook barley in a double boiler
Pearl barley – half a glass
Water – 3 cups
Salt – 1 teaspoon
How to cook pearl barley in a double boiler
1. Rinse pearl barley under running water, pour water in a ratio of 1: 2 and soak for 6-12 hours until swelling.
2. After the time has passed, transfer the barley to a colander and rinse under running cold water.
3. Put barley in a double boiler container for making cereals, pour boiling water (2.5 cups of water per 1 cup of barley) and cook for half an hour.
4. Gently mix the grits and cook for another 30 minutes. The readiness of pearl barley is determined by the degree of softness of the grains at the bottom of the container. With insufficient softness, barley is steamed for another 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the cereal and variety. To do this, you need to drain the water that has formed in the steamer tray and add new water to the water tank to the maximum value.
Barley in a double boiler is the slowest of all possible ways to cook. However, steam barley is the most delicate, silky and at the same time the least grainy. If you’re in a hurry, use the classic soak+boil method in a saucepan or pressure cooker.
Steam barley can be cooked without soaking at all – due to gentle temperature treatment, the barley will cook evenly and be soft, just increase the cooking time by 1 hour.
Even tastier is to cook pearl barley by adding milk to the double boiler bowl, and water to the water section. Then barley will turn out even more tender and creamy. Moreover, such pearl barley is good both for a side dish and for breakfast, if you add sugar or honey. With dietary nutrition, barley can be cooked on kefir.