Steptoe Butte Barley and Mushroom – Large

$ 6.95

Product Description

Barley is one of those grains that will fill you up every time. It has a delicious nutty flavor and almost pasta consistency that pairs great with the creamy meaty texture of mushrooms. This soup cooks quicker than beans but packs in just as many nutrients.

Large Soup Directions, For Small Soups Cut Measurements in Half

You will need:
1 8oz. Can Tomato Sauce
Ground beef, chopped beef, steak, or roast (optional)

Package Includes:
Barley & mushroom mix
1 Beef flavor packet
1 Spice packet

Directions: In 3 or 4 quart sauce pan add 8 cups water and both spice packets, cover. Bring to a boil, add barley and mushroom mixture, 8 oz. tomato sauce and optional meat (browned), stir. Cover and return to boil. Reduce heat to low, cook for 50 minutes.

Crockpot Directions: Add water, the entire soup mix, tomato sauce and precooked meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3 (minimum) to 6 hours (maximum). Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:Reduce water by 1 cup. Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot, lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 14 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally, add 2 minutes if you will manually let the steam off. Enjoy! 

Cooking Variations:
Reduce water by 1 cup. Just before serving add 1 cup cream. Meat substitutions: Add sausage or kielbasa. Reduce sodium by limiting amount of beef flavor used.
Prepare package without meat. (Beef flavor is yeast based and therefore vegetarian.) If desired add meat substitute.

Barley Nutritional Value
In May 2006 the US Food and Drug Administration authorized use of a health claim for the role of beta-glucan soluble fiber from barley in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. The ruling was based on scientific evidence from clinical trials reporting significantly lower serum total and LDL cholesterol levels in people who consumed whole grain barley products that replaced wheat and rice ingredients. Barley is high in fiber and known to help reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Tidbits of History
n the sensual hills of the Palouse, Steptoe Butte with an elevation of 3612 feet, offers a stunning view of the farmlands, the jagged Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho, and the distant Blue Mountains of Southeast Washington. The road to the summit spirals up, making three complete 360-degree loops with a rise of 1600 feet in 4 1/2 miles. It is listed as a National Natural Landmark because of its geological importance, a remnant mountaintop of ancient rock rising through layers of much younger basalt.

In 1877, at the foot of Steptoe Butte, James A. Davis, operated a roadhouse. He provided all the services a stage stop required: lodging, meals, corrals, spring fed water troughs and he also hosted parties and dances that drew people from all over the countryside. This lasted until 1883 when the railroads became plentiful in the Palouse and the stage traffic ended. Davis, hoping to bring business and company for himself, built a grand hotel on the top of the Butte in 1888. It was two stories high decorated with wheat stalks above the doorways and crowned with a roof top balcony for site seeing. Davis died in 1898 a lonely man. The empty hotel burned 15 years later.

The area is now preserved as a park through the generosity of Virgil McCroskey. He donated two land parcels to the state in 1945 and 1946 providing that they are used solely as a public park forever.

Even More Tidbits of History
Ancient Greek culture used barley as a staple bread-making grain and considered it to be an important food for athletes. The athletes attributed much of their strength to their training diets containing barley. This tradition, of eating barley for strength, continued with the Roman athletes and the Gladiators were known as hordearii, which means “eaters of barley.” Barley was also highly esteemed in ancient China as a symbol of male virility because the heads of barley are heavy and contain numerous seeds.
Today the largest producers of barley are Russia and Canada with the USA ranking as 9th in the worlds production.


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