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    Barley Tea

    Barley Tea. Photo by Rita~

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    11 mins

    5 mins

    6 mins

    Rita~'s Note:

    Known as Mugicha in Japan and Boricha in Korea, roasted barley tea is a very popular hot weather beverage that's noted for cooling down the body and cleansing the system. If you want a caffeine-free coffee substitute this is for you. A remedy for cold and flu for breaking up congestion, phlegm and other symptoms of the nasty seasonal bug. Barley-based teas are used as treatment for hemorrhoids, inflammatory arthritis and are believed to help reduce toxicity and side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Herbalists use barley concoctions to treat gravel stones and flush out kidneys and for centuries Old World doctors have recommended this plain barley water as a first food for babies and for bedridden patients whose stomachs cannot handle solid foods. Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This recipe is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Personally, I make these home remedies that I researched. I believed in it and hope you give it a try.

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    • 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


    1. 1
      To make plain barley water � put two ounces of barley into a small saucepan along with 1-1/2 pints of water.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil.
    3. 3
      Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6 minutes.
    4. 4
      Strain through cheesecloth, forcing out all the juice.
    5. 5
      Barley water is a very nutritious cooling drink that helps bring down fever.
    6. 6
      It is also useful for those suffering from bronchitis and asthma.
    7. 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. 8
      In a hot a cast iron skillet until a drop of water sizzles when dropped into pan.
    9. 9
      Measure barley into a sieve and rinse under cold running water.
    10. 10
      Towel dry.
    11. 11
      Put barley in skillet and dry roast, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for even toasting, until it turns golden.
    12. 12
      Over-roasting will produce a coffee-like drink!
    13. 13
      To make a caffeine-free coffee substitute, roast the barley until it is brown.
    14. 14
      Cool and grind.
    15. 15
      Then roast again until fragrant and very dark-- but not burnt.
    16. 16
      Use in place of regular ground coffee, experimenting with amounts until desired strength is reached.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 16, 2011


    • on June 23, 2010


      I've bought barley already roasted from a Korean store, but they don't sell much of it and it's gotten stale on their shelf, so I was looking for roasted barley in other stores and can't find any. I do like it and it is good for diabetics, so I searched here for recipes for roasting barley & this looks like a good one. I bought some hulled barley yesterday and I notice this recipe says to use pearl barley. What's the difference? I would have never thought of using it with chicken broth,, but I do have some chicken with barley soup,, so it makes sense! haha PS I was also looking for a pan roasting recipe as opposed to oven roasting.

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    • on July 05, 2006


      Roast barley can be easily ground in a pepper grinder. To make cold Mugicha place 1/3 cup ground roasted barley in a tea sock and let soak in a half gallon pitcher over night in the fridge. This makes a lightly coffee flavored, cold drink.

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    Nutritional Facts for Barley Tea

    Serving Size: 1 (415 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 101.1
    Calories from Fat 5
    Total Fat 0.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 14.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
    Sugars 0.2 g
    Protein 3.5 g

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