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Do you remember Postum, the coffee substitute. Seeking recipe or other roasted grain substitute.  RSS feed

 
Dale Hodgins
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Postum was a popular coffee substitute, at one time. It is still popular amongst Seventh-day Adventist and Mormons whose dietary rules forbid the consumption of caffeine.

It's made from roasted grains and molasses.

I was introduced to it in the 1980s, long after its peak popularity during the War years, when coffee was hard to get. My uncle, had trouble sleeping and his doctor thought that 5 coffees a day might have something to do with it. He started drinking Postum. I haven't had any since 1993, when I moved West.

Do any of you make a roasted grain coffee substitute. Coffee is quite abundant here, so that's not my issue. I just think it would be nice to drink something that doesn't keep people awake and leach calcium from their bones.

I don't need caffeine to keep me sharp. I have trouble shutting my brain off, even if I'm laying in a bathtub, drinking warm milk.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postum
 
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We dig the roots of chicory, ..best picked between Fall and Spring. Wash the roots, then dry in the Sun. Slice the dried roots into pieces. Roast in a 350 oven. Grind into fine power. Make coffee. ...Has no caffeine. We haven't tried any grains yet.
 
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I had some at my grandparent's place in the late 60's...

http://www.cooks.com/recipe/p461o1z8/homemade-postum.html ;
sort of sounds right from my memory of what it tasted like with a dollop of milk.

http://www.food.com/recipe/postum-copycat-version-2-422228#activity-feed
This one sounds better.

Both will take you a while to make a batch, they call for five hours of roasting in the oven...
 
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"Parsnips, wheat, chickpeas, and barley aren't the only ingredients that can be used to make rich, good-tasting coffee substitutes.

Oats, fax, rye and (of course) chicory can also be made into delicious Java-like beverages . . . or coffee extenders. "

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/make-your-own-coffee-substitutes

"Parsnip Postum Coffee Substitute Recipe"

"Cut a batch of fresh parsnip roots (skins and all) into very small pieces, or grate the roots as you would hash brown potatoes. Dehydrate the bits well, then roast 'em in a 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven until they're a very dark brown (about 20 minutes). Turn the oven off and allow the crunchy morsels to cool as the oven itself cools.

Then get out your favorite mug, steep the parsnip chunks in scalding-hot water (one rounded tablespoonful per cup), and presto! "

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/parsnip-postum-coffee-substitute-recipe


I would think that you could do this with any root, like dandelion or turnip.


"Barley Coffee Substitute Recipe"

"First, spread a thin layer of barley (husks and all) onto a cookie sheet . . . then place the sheet inside a 425 degree oven and bake the grain (stirring frequently) until it's uniformly dark brown. Finally, grind the browned barley in an old coffee mill, food mill, or blender.

To make "Java", just perk one heaping teaspoon of barley per cup of water. "

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/barley-coffee-substitute-recipe-


While I didn't find a recipe, I believe you can make coffee using roasted brown rice.
 
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Thank you, I somehow forgot this thread in my exuberance for other topics. With all that roasting, it sounds like a good job to be laughed at for cooler weather. I will try it and post results.
 
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