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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Gotta have that cup of coffee?


Just suppose coffee was no longer available? I know it's a horrible thought for many people. How about a cup of chickory? Those with parents or grandparents who lived through the Great Depression may already know this trick.

Dig the roots in midsummer to fall. Scrub them clean and slice. Dry them off and roast the dry roots at 225 degrees until they are the color of coffee. Grind them in a coffee grinder & use as you would coffee. Make sure it's a manual coffee grinder just in case you don't have power.

6 comments:

Kymber said...

wow! i had no idea that those pretty blue flowers that grow in meadows and fields all around were chicory...have you made coffee like this before? how does it taste? do you like it?

gonna go and find me some right now! thanks for sharing COFAOWM!!!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Hi Kymber - Yes, that's chickory. I've made it like this before. It's not an exact match to coffee but it has a similar taste. My personal preference is herbal tea :)

Lamb said...

Entertainment for the kids: Have them pick a few chicory flowers and drop them on an ant hill. Rile up the ants a bit so they'll scamper all over the flowers.
The ants turn the flowers pink!

Survivalist said...

Speaking of coffee..... My name is Joe and I am from the Delaware Prepper group and will be in Vermont around the 7th of August. I should be in the Battleboro area with my family and would certainly like to meet some of the Vermont Preppers for a cup of coffee. My email is joseph.parish@survival-training.info. If anyone is interested in meeting please let me know.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Hi Lamb - That's pretty neat. I'll have to give it a try!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Hi Joe - That's a bit too far for me but maybe someone else from the area will be able to meet up with you. Good luck!

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