Beef and Barley soup is a family favorite. Shari inherited this recipe from her mother. My mother-in-law couldn’t remember where she got it. I have made a few minor tweaks.
Soak the barley in warm water and at room temperature 12-24 hours with a tablespoon of whey, lemon juice, or raw vinegar.
Brown the beef. If the beef is lean add some butter. Add flour in the last 30 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 60-70 minutes.