Time: To boil until the liquid is reduced one half

Sufficient to make 1 quart of barley-water

  1. 2 oz. of pearl barley
  2. 2 quarts of boiling water
  3. 1 pint of cold water
  • Wash the barley in cold water
  • Put it into a saucepan with the above proportion of cold water
  • When it has boiled for about 1/4 hour, strain off the water
  • Add the 2 quarts of fresh boiling water
  • Boil it until the liquid is reduced one half
  • Strain it, and it will be ready for use.

  • It may be flavoured with lemon-peel, after being sweetened, or a small piece may be simmered with the barley. When the invalid may take it, a little lemon-juice gives this pleasant drink in illness a very nice flavour.
    Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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