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Re: mystery-crockpot foods question

Jan & Kelly are talking;
>> I made a
>> version of the crockpot grains that someone posted, (thanks!) and  noticed
>> a familiar and unpleasant smell/taste that I sometimes get when I cook
>> stews/soups in the crockpot. [...]
>It could be the barley. [...]

Jan & Kelly;
        I'm not certain if this is the culprit, but barley often needs a
good wash before being cooked.  Put it in a fine colander and run loads of
warm water throught it.  Tomatoes seem to bring out any unpleasantness in
unwashed barley; must be the acid.