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For invalids

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

  1. Wash the barley in cold water
  2. Put it into a saucepan with the above proportion of cold water
  3. When it has boiled for about 1/4 hour, strain off the water
  4. Add the 2 quarts of fresh boiling water
  5. Boil it until the liquid is reduced one half
  6. 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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