Find dandelions which should be easy. The best plants are at least two years old because big roots are the best. Autumn is a good time to harvest as they have been storing nutrition in the roots all summer.
Dig up dandelion roots using a narrow trowel or you can use a shovel to loosen the roots. If there is not enough in your lawn, go to a country place where weed killers are not used. Best not to go to city parks as they often do use weed killers.
Soak the roots in water to loosen the soil.
Wash the dandelion roots to remove all of the soil; you can use a vegetable brush.
Then rinse them well.
Cut the roots off just below the tops. Save the flowers and leaves.
The leaves are nutritious; they can be steamed or small amounts added to a salad. The flowers can be made into dandelion syrup and pancakes.
Rinse the roots well outside to get rid of most of the soil.
Slice the roots into sections.
Chop up the roots coarsely.
Spread the chopped roots thinly on cookie sheet.
Roast in at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2 hours.*
They are ready when the roots are dark brown the colour of coffee beans. Take care not to burn them.
Store roasted roots in an airtight container in a very cool place until you are ready to make dandelion coffee.
Grind them up in a coffee grinder and brew them just like you would with coffee grounds.
2 Tbsp of grounds for 3 cups off beverage.
Add the grounds to simmering water and simmer while covered for 7–15 minutes.
Serve with your choice of milk (almond, rice, soy, cows, goats) and sweetener of your choice.
* Alternatively you can dry roast the dandelion root after it is fully dry and chopped in a frying pan (cast iron pan is best) until it has become dark brown
If you want to be very natural in you dandelion coffee making watch this fellow making Native American coffee: http://youtu.be/8WiuYyk_vXM
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