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(from the Milledgeville, Georgia Southern Federal Union, May 13, 1862) Ingredients: To Make Syrup: brown sugar hot water To Make 6 cups of Coffee: 5 tbsp. Blackened Sugar Syrup 1 tbsp. real ground coffee serve with milk & sugar Instructions: From the N. O. Picayune. A Good Substitute for...
(from the Yorkville, South Carolina, Enquirer, January 21,1863) Ingredients: seed of the sugar cane Instructions: SUBSTITUE FOR COFFEE - I have found from experiments I have made that the seed of the sugar cane, or (Sorgho Sucre,) parched and ground as coffee, prepared in the usual way, but...
(from the Yorkville, South Carolina, Enquirer, September 30, 1863) Ingredients: chiniquapin tree nuts (similar to chestnuts) Instructions: The chiniquapin is said to be a very fair substitute for coffee. (According to the Augusta Constitionalist.)
(from the Georgia Journal and Messenger of Macon, Georgia, October 16, 1861) Ingredients: tan bark 3 old cigar stumps a quart of water Instructions: (One of three "Recipes for the Times.") Take tan bark, three parts; three old cigar stumps and a quart of water, mix well, and boil fifteen...
(from The Virginia House-wife, by Mary Randolph, 1825) Ingredients: 1 c. whole coffee beans, roasted light brown 1 qt. sweet milk yolks of 8 eggs Sugar Instructions: Toast two gills of raw coffee till it is a light brown, and not a grain burnt; put it hot from the toaster without grinding...
(from Hand-book for active service; containing practical instructions in campaign duties, by Egbert L. Viele, 1861, Chapter VIII.) Ingredients: 12 + 1 quarts water 20 oz. coffee sugar, 4 tsp. to the quart if milk is available, leave out 5 quarts of water, and replace with milk Instructions...
(from the Chattanooga Daily Rebel, Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 31, 1862) Ingredients: dried blackberry leaves Instructions: We have seen a paragraph going the rounds of the papers in reference to this tea, and have, though the attention of Judge Massengale, at last been able to test it...
(from A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes, by Charles Elmé Francatelli, 1852) Ingredients: 1 oz. dandelion 1 pint boiling water brown sugar or honey Instructions: Infuse one ounce of dandelion in a jug with a pint of boiling water for fifteen minutes; sweeten with brown sugar or...
(from From the Albany, Georgia, Patriot, June 30 1864) Ingredients: English Garden Peas Instructions: A SUBSTITUTE FOR COFFEE - A friend sent me some days ago an article which had every appearance of the well roasted ground Java coffee, with the request that we try it and give our opinion of...
(from The Housekeeper's Encyclopedia of Useful Information for the Housekeeper, by E. F. Haskell, 1861) Ingredients: 4 tbsp. fine grated chocolate 2 quarts rich milk the whites of 4 eggs the yolks of 2 eggs 1 gill of cold milk 1 coffee cup of chocolate flavor with nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon...
(from the Southern Cultivator of Augusta, Georgia, July/August 1862.) Ingredients: grape seeds Instructions: Grape Rot in 1862 - GRAPE COFFEE. - A subscriber at Dalton, Ga. writes us: The Grape crop in this section was an entire failure last year. the Catawba was mostly all destroyed by...
(from The Weekly Intelligencer of Fayettville, North Carolina, February 10, 1864) Ingredients: ground peas several cockroaches Instructions: A friend, who has tried persimmon seeds in coffee, says he will defy any man to detect the difference in the taste between a decoction of roasted...
(from Book of Household Management by Isabella Benton, 1861) Ingredients: ground coffee powdered chicory water Instructions: To every 1/4 pound of ground coffee, add one teaspoonful of powdered chicory and one pint of water. Freshly roast the coffee, put into a percolator or filter with the...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: spare mint boiling water loaf sugar Instructions: Pick the leaves and stalks of spare mint, rinse them clean, put them in a pitcher, and pour boiling water on, cover it, and let it stand for a few minutes to infuse; then turn...
(from the Georgia Journal and Messenger of Macon, Georgia, October 16, 1861) Ingredients: dry okra seeds Instructions: (One of three "Recipes for the Times.") I would also add something of my experience in domestic coffee, being desirous of contributing my little mite to aid the people of...
(from The Daily Intelligencer, Atlanta, Georgia, November 8, 1863) Ingredients: persimmon seeds dried potatoes Instructions: But another important item is, to save the seeds of the persimmons after they have boiled, and you let out the slop, for they are excellent for coffee, rather stronger...
(from F. W. Claussen in the Charleston, South Carolina Mercury, February 8, 1862) Ingredients: rye grains Instructions: Take rye, boil it, but not so much as to burst the grain; then dry it, either in the sun, on the stove, or in a kiln, after which it is ready for parching, to be used like...
From Wytheville Dispatch, of Wytheville, Virginia, November 18, 1863
(from the Georgia Journal and Messenger of Macon, Georgia, October 16, 1861) Ingredients: sweet potatoes Instructions: (One of three "Recipes for the Times.") To make good coffee peel sweet potatoes, and slice them 3/8 to 1/2 an inch in thickness, then cut into strips about the same width...
(from Hand-book for active service; containing practical instructions in campaign duties, by Egbert L. Viele, 1861, Chapter VIII.) Ingredients: 12 quarts of water 25 rations of tea, a large teaspoonful to each 1 to 1-1/2 lbs. sugar - if available 3 pints, or 2 quarts of milk - if available...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1832) Information: The manner in which coffee is roasted is of great importance to its flavour. If roasted too little, it will be weak and insipid; if too much, the taste will be bitter and unpleasant. To have it very good, it should be...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: 2 tsp. tea - to -1 quart water or tea steeped in 1 tea-cup of boiling water Instructions: Scald your tea-pot, put in two tea-spoonsful of tea to a quart of water...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1832) Information: In buying tea, it is best to get it by the box, of an importer, that you may be sure of having it fresh, and unmixed with any that is old and of inferior quality. The box should be kept in a very dry place. If green tea...
(from Camp Fires and Camp Cooking; or, Culinary Hints for the Soldier, by James M. Sanderson, 1862) Ingredients: a little fat, or sugar coffee beans warm water Instructions: Of all the articles of diet afforded the soldier none is more important or popular than his coffee. The open tin pans...
(from Weekly Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock from June 15, 1861) Ingredients: 1 spoonful of coffee 1 spoonful of toasted corn meal Instructions: A very good coffee can be made, costing only 12½ cents, by mixing one spoonful of coffee with one spoonful of toasted corn meal, boil well and...

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