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Old 04-17-2016, 02:56 PM   #21
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Add enough so that you can stir the barley around. If you end up adding too much water and the barley is cooked to your liking before all the water is absorbed, just drain it like you would drain noodles or pasta.

I'm glad I don't have to throw out the undercooked barley!


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Old 04-17-2016, 02:58 PM   #22
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What's the best kind of container to use for storing barley in the freezer? Is a plastic container okay?


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What's the best kind of container to use for storing barley in the freezer? Is a plastic container okay?


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The barley I buy comes in a bag that I cut open to pour out barley. That gets a rubber band and goes into a freezer bag (in case the original bag opens or splits).
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The barley I buy comes in a bag that I cut open to pour out barley. That gets a rubber band and goes into a freezer bag (in case the original bag opens or splits).

Oh I meant cooked barley. What would you use for that?


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Oh I meant cooked barley. What would you use for that?


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Freezer bag.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:38 AM   #26
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Freezer bag.
I froze it in a freezer bag overnight and now it's one giant clump. I want to defrost only a couple of tablespoons for today. How can I do that? Should I put the entire bag in the microwave?
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:33 AM   #27
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How to fix undercooked barley

You can do that, and just nuke it long enough to break or scrape off a chunk, not totally defrost the whole bag.

When I freeze stuff like barley, I try to make the stuff as thin and flat as possible in the bag, so I can easily break off a chunk while still frozen.
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You can do that, and just nuke it long enough to break or scrape off a chunk, not totally defrost the whole bag.

When I freeze stuff like barley, I try to make the stuff as thin and flat as possible in the bag, so I can easily break off a chunk while still frozen.
That's a great tip! Is it okay to leave the defrosted portion I'm going to use later in the day in the fridge?
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That's a great tip! Is it okay to leave the defrosted portion I'm going to use later in the day in the fridge?

I think it will be fine in the fridge.
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I think it will be fine in the fridge.
Oh good! It would be annoying to have to keep taking out small amounts and defrosting it throughout the day.
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