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Dandelion Coffee
Fri 3-May-13
9:20 pm
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mike.
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Earlier this week I dug up a load of dandelion roots so I cleaned them and dried them so I could have a go at dandelion coffee. I dug out my copy of Food for Free and it was very vague so I looked up a few websites for more info.

In the end I roasted the roots at gas mark 6 until they were dry and crumbly (but they hadn't gone very dark), ground them up in a pestle and mortar and ended up with only 1 tablespoon of bits.

I put the bits in a jug, poured over a cup of boiling water and left it a few minutes before straining into a cup. I think I probably needed more roots because the drink was a bit weak but most noticeably it didn't resemble anything coffee-like at all (I am reminded of Arthur Dent and his cup of something which was "almostbut not quiteentirely unlike tea").

The flavour was like a cross between unsalted potato crisps and something a bit like parsnips. I'm not sure whether to try again the next time I dig up some roots but my first attempt wasn't great. At least it was better than the cornsilk tea or the hyssop tea, which were my previous attempts at drinks from the garden.

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Sat 4-May-13
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I don't know if you're brave or daft, Mike whistlebig_laugh

Braver than me, that's for sure eeek

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Sat 4-May-13
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I'm just marvelling that you managed to get out the dandelion roots! Mine are so stubborn that I generally end up with only half and the darned things grows right back.

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Sat 4-May-13
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I don't think I managed to get 100percent of the roots so I expect there will be more dandelions to dig up later in the year

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Wed 8-May-13
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Ooh Mike, I'm not sure I'd bother, coffee is one of those things that we always buy good quality, it wou
D be one of my last cut backs if we had to do it, so dandelion coffee just doesn't do it for me, and seems a lot of effort for very little.

Wed 8-May-13
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I only did it out of curiosity. It was a lot of hard work for a single cup of `coffee'. There's no way I would do it as a regular coffee replacement (or even do it again...) because I must confess to being a bit of a coffee snob, I only use ground coffee at home.

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