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What's the difference between hulled and pearled grains

Francesca is the former Assistant Editor of food52 and believes you can make anything out of farro.

asked over 5 years ago
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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added over 5 years ago

Hulled grains just have the outermost hull removed, while pearled ones have the next layer down, the bran, scrubbed off as well. This means that hulled grains are more nutritious and "whole" and take more time to cook than pearled.

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added over 5 years ago

I made a barley dish just last week (it was a Barley Risotto from Amanda's NYT Cookbook) and was confronted with the same choice. I used hulled barley for the nutritional content, and it turned out great.

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francesca gilberti

Francesca is the former Assistant Editor of food52 and believes you can make anything out of farro.

added over 5 years ago

Thanks, kristen! You're clearly a grain expert :)

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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added over 5 years ago

No problem! And if having approximately a metric ton of grains hanging around my kitchen makes me an expert, then I guess I might be one! (I think it takes a bit more than that though.)