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Where can I buy hulled barley?

I'm looking to buy hulled barley in the Boston-out to Metro West area. I know Bob's Red Mill makes it, but I haven't seen any stores that carry it. Whole Foods (at least the one in Framingham) doesn't have it, either in bulk or packaged. I know you can buy it online, but the shipping can be outrageous. Thanks!

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  1. Hmm, at least one of the Whole Foods markets I've been to has it. I've gotten it in Fresh Pond many times. Maybe they were just temporarily out of it?

    1. Most supermarkets carry it in the area where they have dried beans as it is often used in soups. If that fails the Sevan and Arax in Watertown both have it as does Harvest Food Coop in Central Square and Polcari's coffee in the North End.

      1. Hi,

        I buy the Bob's Red Mill Hull-less Barley at Ocean State Job Lot. They have a large selection of the Bob's products.

        Or, you can get Bob's products through Amazon.com, and if you buy over $25, the shipping is free.

        1. Sophia's Greek Pantry in Belmont has more different kinds of barley than I knew existed. You might consider calling to see if they have it.

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          1. re: smtucker

            Cool. I gotta check that place out again.

          2. Most supermarkets have it in the same aisle with dried beans. You might want to also try the Butcherie in Brookline, I know they sell it.

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            1. re: Maxinella

              Actually, most supermarkets only carried pearled barley, not hulled barley. Hulled barley is more difficult to find.

              Call around to specific Whole Foods locations to see if they carry it.

              I find it in the newer, larger Market Baskets, too, but its availability can vary.

            2. Ocean State Job Lot on Rt 1 in Norwood carries a full line of Bob's Red Mill products, most likely they will have it!

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              1. re: kparke30

                Thanks. When you say "most supermarkets" can you give me an example? I checked 5 supermarkets in Metro West (Natick/Fram) and no one has it, with the dried beans or anywhere else. Polcari's only has it intermittently, they didn't have it the last 3 times I was there. The Job Lot suggestion is great...I'll have to find the closest one to me. Thanks!

                1. re: CookingGirl

                  My experience is that every supermarket has this. Usually in a long cylindrical sleevelike plastic bag either where they keep the dried beans, or in the ethnic foods section or the jewish foods section. That said, maybe in the food wasteland that is Metro West they don't carry it.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    All supermarkets have PEARLED Barley, which is not the same thing. CookingGirl is looking for the whole, hulled Barley, which is much harder to find.

                    1. re: mwk

                      Ahhhh, I see said the blind man.

                      1. re: mwk

                        Hey, thanks, mwk. I was starting to wonder if it was just me...

                        1. re: CookingGirl

                          I am sure that either Arax or Sevan in Watertown have HULLED barley as well as the Harvest food coop in Central Square. Also, I bet the aforementioned Greek place has it too.

                2. On 1/22/14 I went to Ocean State JOblot in West Roxbury. They carry a large display of Bob's Red Mill products. According to their store list, however, they do not carry hulled barley. They do have both hulless and pearled barley each of which is different from hulless barley, of course. Please see
                  if you want an explanation of each.
                  A 26 oz. bag cost $2.29


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                  1. re: wiz2001

                    As long as the thread's bumped--I get it regularly at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods. Not sure they all carry it.

                    1. re: wiz2001

                      While that page makes a distinction between hulled and hullless, I suspect at the retail level (e.g. Whole Foods bulk bin) the distinction is lost. 'hullless' is easier to dehull than regular barley, and thus is more likely to sold to consumers.

                      On the Bobsredmill site, I only see hull-less (the easy to hull variety), and that is 'out-of-stock'.

                      Unless there is specific reason to need hulled, I'd buy which ever my store sells. If neither is available, consider oat groats. They cook up a bit stickier, but in many cases should work just as well.

                      I have also seen 'sprouting barley' in bulk bins, but I'm not sure what is different about that.

                      1. re: paulj

                        I buy "hulled" specifically for its greater chewiness. I use it in hearty vegetable soups. Texture thing. I wouldn't go to great lengths to get it, but it is different.

                    2. I buy mine from Whole Foods on Washington St in Newton. It's in the bulk bin section.

                      1. I've been looking for hulled barley, too, in the same area. Had WF call around, and they could only find it at Fresh Pond.