Instructions for drying leaves below this recipe
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Select young, tender leaves for the tastiest dandelion tea.

Individual portion

Pour:
1 cup boiling water
Over:
1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaves

For a pot of tea

Pour:
1 cup boiling water for each person
Over:
1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaves for each person
Throw in:
1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaves “for the pot”

Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and let steep another minute.

Serve with your choice of:
(lemon)
(orange)
(mint)
(honey)Dandelion Leaves
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Wash then placing them flat on a cookie sheet and turning on the oven on low (I usually set my oven at 250), for 30 to 45 minutes will also dry them quicker. ( keep a watch on that process, they tend to dry quick) (leave oven door open a little bit to ler moisture escape)
good luck and have fun!

I have my grandmothers stone bowl and pestil that I use to crush the roots and leaves when I am getting ready to store it for winter use..
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Then there is this recipe I started using for Coffee

Here’s how to roast the root for coffee:

Once you’ve dug up a fair-sized pile of dandelion roots, wash them in the sink or in a bucket of water. They’ll be full of dirt, so you’ll likely have to scrub them a few times to get all the dirt off.
While you’re washing, preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
Once the roots are clean, chop them into small chunks. Then put them in a bowl of water and scrub them one more time.
Place the roots on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven to dry. Leave the oven door open slightly to let moisture escape. You’ll want to stir them frequently to make sure they’re drying evenly and they don’t burn. The drying process will take at least two hours. As the roots dry they’ll shrink and turn to a pretty brown color. Make sure they don’t burn!
Once the roots are roasted, let them cool completely. Then, store them in a sealed glass mason jar. To make the coffee, use 1 teaspoon of roots for every cup of water. You can put them in the coffee pot, or put them in a tea infuser and add boiling water. In my opinion, adding hot milk takes away the slight bitterness and makes for a truly wonderful cup of dandelion coffee!

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Sauteed Dandelions with Olive Oil, Lemon and Garlic
Ingredients:

washed dandelion greens (as many as you want to eat – I usually cook several large handfuls at once)
olive oil
minced garlic
high quality salt (I use either Himalayan Pink or Black Lava, both of which are very flavorful)
fresh lemon

Directions:

Heat a good dollop of olive oil, and a bit of the garlic, in a non-stick skillet.
Once the garlic has become flavorful, add your dandelion greens. Cook them on medium-high until they’re nicely wilted, just like you’d cook spinach. This will take 3-5 minutes. It’s important not to overcook the greens because you’ll lose nutrients the longer they stay on the stove.
Once they’re done, sprinkle just a bit of high quality salt on the greens, spritz with fresh lemon juice, and you’re good to go! They’re wonderful to eat plain like this, as a side, and they’re also delicious on pasta.
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This is hands down my favorite way to eat dandelion greens.

. I often combine young dandelion greens with other lettuces like spinach for a delicious mix.

You can also add:

finely chopped red onion
fresh basil
grape tomatoes
goat cheese
pears
walnuts
apples
hardboiled eggs
anything else that sounds delicious!

Remember, dandelion greens are best eaten raw before they produce a yellow flower.

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Comment by Tsoi Tawodi on June 2, 2015 at 4:56pm

Osiyo Young Lady,
Wow, thank you so much for all of this....I will for sure try this out very soon. I am sorry for not getting back sooner but have been busy getting ready for grandkids and trying to find a store of some type that sells energy for an ol' guy like me...lol.
You are the best and I sure thank you for sending this along. I do my best to stay within the natural element of things as it is the way of the People. I will let you know how all this turns out on my end.
You touch many lives in a good way and one day you will look over your shoulder and see flowers growing in the footsteps you have left behind on the soft face of our Earth Mother. You are a soul that touches all life here with the love and generosity that is needed to bring a species of humans together. Each day may you look in your mirror and see the greatest gift the Great One has given you reflected right back to you... a gift that makes a positive difference in all ways for all days.
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Comment by LadyHawkღ on May 29, 2015 at 12:26pm

Very nice! Think I'll try some of them... not to sure about the coffee tho! I remember my grandmother used to make dandelion wine.

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