Sunday, May 16, 2010


I have used the same jar for years (decades) to hold ground chicory. Coffee doesn't taste right to me without some chicory, and I buy it at my coop, the most convenient place to get it, even if the coop is nearly fifty miles away. So I tend to run out.
Today I filled the miserable little stiff plastic bag that was the only kind of container available at the bulk herbs section this time, thinking "That looks like about the right amount."

Can I eyeball it or what?


  1. Good job!
    I've never tried chicory in my coffee. Might have to look for some to see how it tastes.

  2. Nice! Bulk food stores are one of my favourite places to shop.

  3. Bag Lady, chicory was used as a coffee substitute during the Civil War, and many people developed a taste for it, and added it to coffee when it was available again. I add about half a teaspoon to about four tablespoons of coffee (not that I ever measure any of this) and it's not a noticeable taste. What's noticeable is that the coffee tastes stronger. I'd be using maybe five tablespoons of coffee to the same amount of water to get the same strength. I have frugal ancestors!

    Sagan, my coop used to let you bring your own containers. Technically they still do, but you have to bring them to the customer service desk instead of weighing them yourself, and coming from nearly fifty miles away less than once a month has made me give it up as too much trouble. On this trip, in addition to the chicory, I bought organic popcorn and dried peas, and a little bit of cayenne.

  4. I've never tasted chicory. I didn't know that about the herb, that it could be used as a substitute for coffee. We used to have camomile plants on the farm that my grandpa would make tea out of . Actually they were considered a weed, and were called a May flower.

  5. Chicory's a weed, too: the blue cornflower that grows by the side of the road here. It doesn't really taste like coffee (I stayed off coffee for over a year once, to see if it would help my allergies) but I suspect it tastes closer to it than burnt sweet potato skins, another Civil War substitute. I'm not going to try that one.