I think that rhymes… maybe not.
I love the chewy satisfaction of barley, it’s one of my favorite grains. I got a rice cooker this Christmas (they’re $15. Very sensible!) and I love how easy it makes grain cookery.
The problem with cooking grains is they sometimes just taste…bland. Problem solved my friends! This barley is nutty, salty, a little sweet and completely delicious.
Pour 1 cup pearled barley into the bowl of your rice cooker, and place in the oven on broil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once toasty, add 2 cups of veggie broth (16 oz) or 2 cup hot water + 2 tsp organic veggie bouillon base. (this stuff is a life saver!!). Add 5 more oz of water, for a total of 21 oz.
Add 1/4 tsp salt and place in the rice cooker. Cook for 35 minutes, then turn to warm. (Add 2 tbsp water if they look dry) Warm for at least 5 minutes and serve.
Viola! Perfect barley, every time.
- 1 cup dry, pearled barley
- 21 oz warm water
- 2 tsp organic vegetable bouillon
- 1/4 tsp salt
Toast the barley in the bowl to the rice cooker under the broiler for 5 minutes.
Mix the water and bouillon. Slowly add to the toasted barley. Add salt.
Cook in rice cooker for 35 minutes, then warm for 5 minutes. Add another 2 tbsp water if the barley looks dry.
Now use this to make some comforting humgrain salad.
BUT. That’s not all you can do with a rice cooker. Fluffy French Toast Oats? No problem.
Rice Cooker French Toast Oats
- 1/4 cup oat bran
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup pureed squash (or pumpkin)
- 1/2 banana, cut into chunks and microwave for 1:20. (Katie’s brilliant trick!!)
- 1 vanilla tea bag
Mix first 6 ingredients well. Add tea bag.
Cook in the rice cooker for 15 minutes, then turn to “warm” for 5-10 minutes. Remove tea bag and enjoy!
This may be even better than the stove top method.
Rice cookers are allowed in many dorms, so they’re a great option for college!
Bahaha this is my physics project. It’s pretty much the epitome of senioritis. But it’s 3D so I should probably get a 100.
Hope everyone is having a great day!!
Are/were rice cookers allowed in your dorm?