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    SUBSTITUTE FOR COFFEE.--

    Take sound ripe acorns, wash them while in the shell, dry them, and parch until they open, take the shell off, roast with a little bacon fat, and you will have a splendid cup of coffee.


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    I read that a few years back and borrowed some acorns from some squir, er, friends, and tried it (didn't use bacon fat, used Crisco I think). It wasn't terrible, but it didn't taste anything like Folgers.
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    It might be a Dark Colored hot drink........but baby that ain't COFFEE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hope View Post
    It might be a Dark Colored hot drink........but baby that ain't COFFEE.
    Betcha' even vanilla creamer won't help, will it, HOPE?
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    blasphemy, no coffee, no work!!!!!!!!!!
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    I need the caffeine substitute but I would try just about anything made with bacon .
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    You can also use Chicory roots as a coffee substitute.
    Take only what you need, and leave the rest.

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    Where exactly does one find acorns?
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    Sorry but...
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    I REALLY like that T-shirt. Wonder if I could talk her out of it.
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    you won't find them there, but i have millions of them here, i could send you some
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    ok has anybody actually evr made a substitute
    how and what was the results.if yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by wareagle69 View Post
    you won't find them there, but i have millions of them here, i could send you some
    Wareagle, I have several "acorn eaters" here who would gladly accept any acorns that may be in your way.
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    send sase and i will make your "freinds" happy
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    I have. I've use roasted dandelion root. It was not bad at all. It obviously wasn't from Juan Valdez but it would do if I could not get real coffee. I have some in a jar on the counter now. I roasted this batch just a hair too long so it sort of had an off flavor but if you keep an eye on it and don't let it get too dark then the taste isn't bad.

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    when did you pick the root? early or late
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    Quote Originally Posted by wareagle69 View Post
    send sase and i will make your "freinds" happy
    I was thinking more in the lines of an empty frieght car. Probably save me quite a few bucks.

    Peanuts - $4.99/bag x 3-5 bags/week x 52 weeks/year ..........
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    These were late spring roots. I picked them in May, I guess. A pint of roots is a LOT of roots. I must have dug up 200 or more plants. If you slide the shovel down vertically beside the dandelion as far as it will go then push the handle of the shovel forward or toward the dandelion then remove the shovel you can usually slide the whole root right out of the ground. If you don't go straight down you will push through the root, though. Then you can just step on the mound of dirt, the hole will close and you don't have a bunch of ground disturbed. It works most of the time and it's pretty slick when it does work. You get the whole danged plant at once.

    There were a lot of yellow flowers but not many had gone to seed yet. Fried some fritters up, too.

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    A digging stick will work well too,if the ground isn't too hard.I've used one digging spurge nettle roots in N.C. take a straight sapling about 1 1/2" thick whittle one end in a chisel shape( a diagonal cut kinda flattened out) about 3-4' long. Push down into the ground beside the root and gently "pry" the root up. most times the root will pop right up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    I was thinking more in the lines of an empty frieght car. Probably save me quite a few bucks.

    Peanuts - $4.99/bag x 3-5 bags/week x 52 weeks/year ..........
    just need some sniper cover, bears keep trying to take the squrreil bate er i mean supplies
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    These were late spring roots. I picked them in May, I guess. A pint of roots is a LOT of roots. I must have dug up 200 or more plants. If you slide the shovel down vertically beside the dandelion as far as it will go then push the handle of the shovel forward or toward the dandelion then remove the shovel you can usually slide the whole root right out of the ground. If you don't go straight down you will push through the root, though. Then you can just step on the mound of dirt, the hole will close and you don't have a bunch of ground disturbed. It works most of the time and it's pretty slick when it does work. You get the whole danged plant at once.

    There were a lot of yellow flowers but not many had gone to seed yet. Fried some fritters up, too.
    i think i will stick with chicory since it grows on disturbed soil and doesn't matter about digging up, but hmm second groth of dent de lion are coming up fritter sound good, have you tried muellin also with it? awesome
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