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Old 11-30-2015, 09:00 PM   #11
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As I remember, cooked barley blows up to ten times it's original size, well maybe not ten, but I remember serving barley porridge instead of soup.

Tonight I have a chicken casserole in the oven called "Hot Turkey (or chicken) and Cranberry Salad". Much to my delight it's low carb, and has lots of good stuff. His will be served on a bed of dressing, and mine on a bed of wilted spinach.
If it tastes worthy, I'll be glad to post it for anyone who may be interested.
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:17 PM   #12
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I usually pre cook the barley separately, then add it to the soup. It does blow up and take over the liquids.

Kay, I'd like to see your oven chicken/cranberry casserole recipe, hope it turns out well!
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:54 PM   #13
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I usually pre cook the barley separately, then add it to the soup. It does blow up and take over the liquids.

Kay, I'd like to see your oven chicken/cranberry casserole recipe, hope it turns out well!
I would rather soak it overnight, then put it in the soup. It still absorbs some of the liquor, but not as much and still has the flavor of the soup.
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:58 PM   #14
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Another Pleasant Barley Monday. 11/30/15

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I would rather soak it overnight, then put it in the soup. It still absorbs some of the liquor, but not as much and still has the flavor of the soup.

I just kept dumping from the box. Oh, that doesn't look like much, I'll just put a bit more in. Duh. It was hiding on the bottom of the pot, until it plumped up and took over. Sneaky stuff.

Thankfully it wasn't as thick as the soup I made years ago. The spoon could stand up in it.
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:04 PM   #15
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I just kept dumping from the box. Oh, that doesn't look like much, I'll just put a bit more in. Duh. It was hiding on the bottom of the pot, until it plumped up and took over. Sneaky stuff.

Thankfully it wasn't as thick as the soup I made years ago. The spoon could stand up in it.
So have you learned your lesson or are you prone to repeat the same the next time. Try soaking them first if think of it in time.
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If the barley takes over the soup or makes it into a porridge couldn't you just add less barley?
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Another Pleasant Barley Monday. 11/30/15

Too late.

It's actually really good, nice and chewy too! Homemade stock, lots of veggies. I may add some V8 to thin it down tomorrow.
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:24 PM   #18
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Dawg....just wanted to mention your title of this thread reminded me of the Monkees song...it's been an earbug all evening. LOL "Another Pleasant Valley Sunday..."
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Another Pleasant Barley Monday. 11/30/15

You got it, Cheryl! That was the intent!

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Ha! It reminded me of this one!

https://youtu.be/SsmVgoXDq2w
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