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Barley Water


8 cups (2 L) water
½ cup (125 mL) pot or pearl barley
2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar or to taste
Pinch of salt
Zest of 1 small lemon
¼ cup (50 mL) lemon juice

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add barley and bring water back to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for 2 hours. Strain barley into a container and set liquid aside. Cool liquid slightly, then add sugar, salt, lemon zest and juice. Serve chilled or as a hot drink.

Makes about 6 cups.

Note: Cooked barley can be refrigerated or frozen to add to salads, soups or casseroles.

Nutrition Information (per cup):

Calories: 19
Protein: 0 g
Carbohydrate: 5 g
Fibre: 0 g
Sugars: 4 g
Fat: 0 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 34 mg
Potassium: 15 mg