Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee

Time for another Dandelion Recipe...

I blogged about it on Gammy's House Blog here.  

So I was finally able to head out and harvest Dandelion root for this next recipe.  

Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee
While preparing this recipe, a neighbor came over for a quick visit.  As soon as he walked into the house he asked "what is that amazing aroma coming from the kitchen?"  I proudly announced that it was Dandelion root roasting in the oven.

It didn't smell like regular coffee... IT WAS BETTER!

OK, so here is how to make

Dandelion Coffee

This process is called "decocting" (de·coct’·ing) meaning, to extract the flavor of by boiling or to make concentrated; to boil down.

1-2 tsp. roasted Dandelion root (see below)
8 oz. hot water

How to Prepare and Roast Plant Roots:
(you can print the recipe below)

The most difficult part of this recipe is cleaning the Dandelion roots.  (which is simple)
Tells you how easy this recipe is.

 When to Harvest: You can harvest any time of the year, but to maximize effectiveness, harvest roots in late fall when the plant is storing insulin for food in the roots in order for the plant to survive through the winter months.
How to HarvestWhen harvesting roots, don’t allow them to snap or break, allowing the latex sap to “bleed”.  Use a large shovel or pitch fork and dig up whole plant.  Once dirt is loose, the entire root will lift out of the soil easily.

Clean roots with a vegetable scrubber to remove any remaining dirt or debris.  

Cut roots from the greens and coarsely chop.

Store chopped roots in a cool dry location and allow to dry overnight.

Method 1:  Pour chopped and dried root in a cast iron skillet until fragrant and color appears light brown (mild roast) to dark brown (dark roast).  Cool root and crumble with hands or grind in a spice grinder.  store in an air tight container.

Method 2:  (my favorite method) After allowing roots to dry overnight, spread chopped roots on a cookie sheet in a single layer and roast in a  175 °F oven for a couple of hours, until color appears light brown (mild roast) to dark brown (dark roast).  Remove roots, and chop finer or grind in a spice grinder.  Increase oven temp to 350°F and roast ground roots for 5 more minutes.  Allow grounds to cool and store in an air tight container.

Brew Dandelion Coffee
To make an Infusion of dandelion root, add 1-2 teaspoons roasted grounds to 1 cup (8oz.) boiling water.  Cover and steep from 15 minutes to 4 hours.  You can also brew in your coffee pot.

Add amount of roasted grounds to liking, just like brewing regular coffee.  Adjust flavor with cream, sugar or honey if desired.

Now kick back and enjoy the best flavored coffee you've ever had.

I did...




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