Servings: 2 cups
2 ounces roasted barley (1/4 cup)
1 1/2 pints water
honey, can be added to help sooth sore throat
lemon, can be added to help sooth sore throat
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 11 mins
1 To make plain barley water ? put two ounces of barley into a small saucepan along with 1-1/2 pints of water.
2 Bring to a boil.
3 Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6 minutes.
4 Strain through cheesecloth, forcing out all the juice.
5 Barley water is a very nutritious cooling drink that helps bring down fever.
6 It is also useful for those suffering from bronchitis and asthma.
7 To Roast barley(use pot or pearl barley?pearled barley being more refined than pot barley but making no difference to the tea).
8 In a hot a cast iron skillet until a drop of water sizzles when dropped into pan.
9 Measure barley into a sieve and rinse under cold running water.
10 Towel dry.
11 Put barley in skillet and dry roast, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for even toasting, until it turns golden.
12 Over-roasting will produce a coffee-like drink!
13 To make a caffeine-free coffee substitute, roast the barley until it is brown.
14 Cool and grind.
15 Then roast again until fragrant and very dark-- but not burnt.
16 Use in place of regular ground coffee, experimenting with amounts until desired strength is reached.