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The dawn of a new workday brings many things to the forefront. Kids have to be ushered to and fro, reports completed, meetings held or postponed and all the while we must carry on as the survivors we are.
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For most of us, the morning routing requires less doomsday and more aromatic, brew. While these two alternatives won’t provide you the caffeine buzz you might be expecting from your coffee they will offer up that strong roasted flavor you are looking for in your morning beverage.
Did you know that there were coffee alternatives out there in the wild just waiting to be found and processed?
This wild perennial has long been used as a coffee extender. In fact, some people favor it in their morning cup so they dont have to deal with the addictive properties of caffeine.
Dandelion root is easy to harvest and it grows all over the fields and front yards of America. Dandelion root is easy to get your hands on. Harvest it en mass.
Both roots can be sliced and roasted at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Like anything else, we need to be very careful about those last minutes of cooking time. If you overdue the roasting you will simply have something that is nasty and bitter.
So keep a close eye on it.
Once roasted you can cool and grind the roots. These grinds will last a couple of months in an airtight container. You could also opt to freeze them. It may not sound like something that you are going to enjoy while you have access to Columbian roasted coffee but in an SHTF situation, it could be everything you need.
Just remember, this is not a caffeine substitute. If you are going to need caffeine in an SHTF scenario you will have to get more creative than harvesting and roasting foraged plant roots.