08/05/2013 12:46

Its dandelion season once more, this year try utilizing the amazing little plant. While digging them out of your garden, or even your lawn, don't throw them out. Take a knife and cut the roots off for a coffee substitute and the leaves and flowers for tea. Unless you have dogs then you might just want to stick with the roots. To make the tea just simply dry and store. Making coffee is a little more work. Take all the roots and give them a good scrub. Cut into chunks and give another wash. From there cut into a rough hash or send through a food processor lightly. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 250* for roughly 2 hours. Just like coffee the longer you roast it the darker the flavor. Here is a simple guide, if just dried: light roast, dark brown: medium roast, blackening: dark roast. Check periodically. Once you have your dried, cooled root its time to grind. Use either a coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle, you're looking for a rough grind like ground coffee. Store in an air tight container and use as you normally would coffee.