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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else here who eats barley?

I used to think that the only thing barley was used for was to make beer and whisky, but after surfing the net for the glycemic indexes of various carb sources, and noticing that barley's got an exceptionally low GI, I went to the largest supermarket in the area, and actually found barley made for cooking and eating as a substitute for rice.

Apart from having a much lower GI than (whole grain) rice, I noticed that it also has more fibers (11.5% for barley and 7% for rice), and is cheaper.

It takes a little bit longer to cook than rice. I try to cook it just long enough so that the grains are soft enough to chew. It smells a bit like porridge when you're cooking it, but it doesn't taste like that, although it has a little bit more taste than rice.

I'm really sold on this stuff, I like the taste better than rice and I don't get hungry again as fast either (I've got really fast metabolism). I don't want to give up the pasta though, so I'm varying between pasta and barley. I don't want to go back to rice though.

The thing is, I don't know anyone else who eats this stuff. I've never even heard or read about anyone who eats it. So, is there anyone else out there who's eaten barley like this, or am I a weirdo?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 04:23 PM
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No, but I'm going to give it a try now if my local supermarket sells it. What does it taste of?

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I don't know how to describe it... I guess it tastes like barley. But the taste is so weak that when I eat it together with meat or fish I can't taste it. The grains are a bit bigger than rice, so maybe it's a little more to chew.
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That sounds legit, I'm going to go one of the nicer markets in the town near me and have to check it. If I do it soon enough I'll write up how I cook it and all, thanks for posting that, pretty cool to know.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-15-2008, 01:54 AM
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Alright dude, you got another one, I am going to have to try this.

Alright guys, once you try it, post your recipes

Oh and on a side note. I am a vegetarian, and I part time as a line chef at a vegetarian joint, so if you guys need some advice on how to cook with veges and such, send me a PM.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-16-2008, 12:15 AM
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Barley, the food of disgraced Roman centuries and gladiators.

Speaking with under the qualification of being Asian, it's a good substitute as a staple food if you ever get tired of rice.

It's a whole grain food which you may be able to find in the form of both bread and oatmeal as well.
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