Whole Hull-Less Barley

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Whole Hull-Less Barley


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Whole Hull-less Barley makes a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. This new hull-less variety has been developed to allow the whole grain to be used without peeling the bran layers away.

We are always keeping things new and exciting around Bob's Red Mill, so the package you have may vary slightly from the one you see here, but we always promise the same wholesome product.



Most common varieties of barley require mechanical and abrasive removal of the tenacious hull covering. This process also removes most of the bran layer and germ. Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Barley is grown from an ancient variety that grows in a loose hull, called hull-less barley. It comes to you whole and complete with all its nutrition. Use in most recipes that call for pearl barley. Whole Hull-less Barley makes a wonderful addition to a healthy diet, and has a pleasant, chewy texture. The slightly nutty sweetness is simply delectable.

Barley is an excellent source of dietary fiber and keeps you fuller longer. Add whole hull-less barley to soups, stir fries and stews in place of rice for a tasty change. It can also be cooked up as a hot cereal, stirred into salads, or used in stuffings or casseroles. It's also wonderful as pilaf or risotto. Try our Vegetable Barley Risotto recipe on the back of the package. Or, try Hull-Less Barley in the quintessential Scottish dish, Scotch Broth. It’s a filling soup made with barley, lamb, and root vegetables. The options are bountiful!

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Customer Reviews 12 item(s)

Try it. It's like nothing else!
We've eaten this product for years and really love it. It's nothing at all like the regular polished barley that we're all familiar with. When cooked properly, it has a firmer texture that reminds me of peas. It is in no way mushy or sticky. The kernel is chewy and has a nice delightful liquid soft interior. The flavor complements vegetables meat and other grains. It works very nice in fried rice, stews, and soups. Use it mixed with rice on the plate with salad and baked chicken for a wonderful meal. Try it! Just don't expect anything like normal barley, which I'm not a fan of anyway.
Review by Razor / (Posted on 10/12/2015)
Great product !!
we soak overnight with 3 cups water ... then add the barley and liquid plus 3 more cups water to a pressure cooker and cook for 25 min. Then ... we blend on high for 30 seconds ... store in fridge ... smooth texture and ready for use.
Review by Steve Coffman / (Posted on 10/8/2015)
Very Good
I cooked it in a double boiler and if it needs more water add it until it is the way I want it. Store it in refrigerator heat it up in microwave with milk for breakfast . I add it to quinoa,chickpeas and fresh vegetables to make a salad. Very good.
Review by Chuckie / (Posted on 9/13/2015)
Fantastic. Unique. Try it!
Can't tell you how much we have enjoyed this product over the last eight years. Once you figure out how to make it it serves as unique addition to soups and stews. My favorite however is when my wife prepares it mixed with a high grade short grain sushi rice. Over this she places roasted chicken
thighs. When eaten on the plate with a fresh salad, the ingredients become mixed and the taste is truly marvelous! Correctly prepared, its consistency is nothing at all like regular barley. If you are a barley fan (which I am not) you won't find that here. The kernel is firmer and when eaten it reveals a liquid interior and a nice chewy texture. Similar to small peas but firmer. It is a unique food, and just oozes with good healthy eating!
Review by Razor / (Posted on 9/8/2015)
Our family uses many of your products but have used another brand of barley for a long time.
Our family uses many of your products but have used another brand of barley for a long time.
We decided to try your hull-lless variety that cooks from 40-80 min in 3 1/2 cups of water.
After 40 min the barley was hard so I added some boiling water for the next 40 min. Then another 40 min plus another 15 min and it still tastes like there's a tiny stone in each piece.
I am going to try it in my pressure cooker and if it fails there, then I'll be done with it.
Review by chick / (Posted on 7/29/2015)
The real stuff
I love barley, ever since I ate it as a kid in my favorite soup, Scotch Broth. I have always loved soup, but just lately my once perfect BP is starting to slowly rise, so I am now restricting my salt. Not being able to find canned soup that is not laden with salt, I now make all my own soup. And my favorite is Beef Barley with a whole lot of hulled barley and just a little bit of beef. I add a Review by arcdude / (Posted on 3/8/2013)
Versatile, tasty, healthy
Cooked in just water, there's a slight nutty sweetness to it, and would go well with milk as a breakfast cereal (I'm gonna try cooking it in almond milk--I bet that would be great) cooked in stock, it's nice and savory and accompanies meats well instead of higher glycemic stuff like potatoes or rice. The soluble fiber makes the pot juices thick without any additions. I have a little 1.5 qt slow c Review by Arley / (Posted on 4/7/2012)
Awesome Product for managing Cholesterol
I manage my cholesterol without prescription drugs and this product is a great addition to my program. I made my stuffed green peppers and used this barley instead of rice with great results. I also made chicken barley spinach soup and loved the slightly chewy texture. Great product. Review by Patty / (Posted on 11/8/2011)
Great taste & even better texure
I was cooking it like the package recommends, but found I had better control over the texture by cooking it like pasta, plenty of water or stock. I just keep testing it after 20 minutes of a good rolling simmer. I like how it has a mild pop like whole wheat berries, but much more tender. Have been mixing with brown rice and using as my starch. It really keeps me full for a longer time! Can't w Review by h2ogirl / (Posted on 4/16/2011)
High Quality Soluble Fiber!
I cook a batch twice a week and keep it sealed in the fridge (cooked in organic veg stock, garlic and finely chopped onions). Then it's ready to throw into tuna & chicken salad and especially chili! (VERY economical! Use equal amounts of meat and barley) Top off a field greens salad. This is SO much better for you! SOLUBLE fiber is what you should be going for ! Review by Anne the Dressm / (Posted on 11/11/2010)
a great side dish
I just cook this up ahead of time and keep some in the fridge to heat up as an alternative to potatoes. All I add is a little salt. I love the texture and taste! Review by Simple and Heal / (Posted on 10/16/2010)
Wonderful Product!
I am a diabetic and the low glycemic value of this Barley makes for a great way to start my day. It's kind of funky, but I mix with several bean types and a bit of salsa in a big batch and then store in individual servings. This makes a perfect high fiber starter for the day that does not tax my system and powers me through the morning no problem. Review by Jim...father of / (Posted on 6/28/2010)
Nutritional Info
Nutrient Facts
Serving Size: 1/4 cup(46g)
Servings Per Container: 16
Amount Per Serving % Daily

Calories from Fat

Total Fat
1 g
2 %
     Saturated Fat
0 g
0 %
     Trans Fat
0 g
0 %
0 mg
0 %
5 mg
0 %
Total Carbohydrate
34 g
11 %
     Dietary Fiber
8 g
32 %
0 g
6 g
12 %

Vitamin A
0 %
Vitamin C
0 %
2 %
10 %

* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

whole grain barley

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