5 Surprising things to know about barley – Quiz!

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Get the most out of your barley. Do you know how?

The tips offered in this quiz might surprise you.

  1. Compared to other grains, barley is the richest source of heart-healthy fibre. T/F?

TRUE:  A half cup of cooked barley provides 60% of the beta-glucan fibre shown to help lower cholesterol. And with half of Canadians 20 years of age and older living with chronic diseases like heart disease, starting healthy habits early in life is the way to go. See 5 ways to work barley into school lunches.

  1. Barley can be steamed in a rice cooker. T/F?

TRUE: Use the same ratio of 1 cup grain to 2 cups water or broth. Wondering about cooking barley in the oven or slow cooker?  GoBarley has a quick guide to cooking with barley.

  1. Roman gladiators credited their strength to eating barley. T/F?

TRUE: I suspect the stick-to-your-ribs staying power of barley helped these fellas to feel full long after they ate and the high fibre kept them regular too!

  1. Barley is one of Canada’s largest crops. T/F?

TRUE:  Look for Product of Canada on packaging so you know it’s local. It’s a great way to keep farmers in the business of producing high quality affordable food we can all enjoy.

  1. Every cup of barley flour adds a whopping 16 grams of fibre to your recipes. T/F?

TRUE: For muffins, scones and quick breads, replace 1/2 to all of the all-purpose flour with barley flour. For yeast breads and pizza crust only replace 1/4 of the all-purpose flour with barley flour. Look for barley flour at bulk food stores. Try these Blueberry barley muffins. 

  1. A 1/2 cup serving of cooked barley costs about a dime. T/F?

TRUE: Barley is always one of the best buys for your food dollar.



Uncooked barley

Store in an air tight container after opening. It will keep for a year in a cool, dry place.

Cooked barley

Store in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

Barley flour

Store in the fridge or freezer for a few months.

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