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Old 11-04-2007, 12:39 AM   #1
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Chicken with barley stuffing

I am going to be baking a whole chicken with a pearled barley stuffing. Should I pre-cook the barley before stuffing the chicken? My first thought is to parboil the barley.

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Old 11-04-2007, 02:02 AM   #2
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I would personally. I've never used pearl barley but have done a rice based stufing and that was cooked beforehand.
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:02 AM   #3
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Oh definately precook. It would be like sticking raw rice into the bird. There won't be enough moisture in there to cook fully.
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:30 AM   #4
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ooo! I love barley! It takes forever to cook till tender, so I'd cook it all the way through before stuffing the bird.

Would you please post your recipe, jet?

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Old 11-05-2007, 07:59 AM   #5
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ooo! I love barley! It takes forever to cook till tender, so I'd cook it all the way through before stuffing the bird.

Would you please post your recipe, jet?

Lee
I do not have a recipe yet, but I will post a recap after the fact (although it will be a couple of weeks).
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:44 AM   #6
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IMHO it must be cooked. Sounds interesting, please post when you get the recipe.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:49 AM   #7
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Not to mention the fact that barley, even pearled barley, swells a good deal when cooked. It's volume could "exceed the ability of the chicken to contain it."
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:37 PM   #8
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Not to mention the fact that barley, even pearled barley, swells a good deal when cooked. It's volume could "exceed the ability of the chicken to contain it."
Good point.
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:55 PM   #9
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Cook your barley first. I grind mine in a spice grinder and use it to thicken some soups and some sauces it cookes quicker if ground
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:52 PM   #10
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It's volume could "exceed the ability of the chicken to contain it."
Looks like a science experiment in the making.
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