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66 responses to “Sassafras and Homemade Root Beer”

  1. Tony Figorski

    Silly question…when list ounces, I assume that is weight, not volume…

  2. Michael Rogers

    I have made this numerous times now and it always comes out great. Don’t rush the steeping time ( between 4 & 5). That and the winter green extract is what brings it home!

  3. Dedra

    I cannot wait to try this with my little kids. They love the woods and this will be a great treat for them to forage and make something they love. Thanks for the recipe! Look forward to more foraging recipes.

  4. Deb

    If you are up this way in MA to get Sassafras you should grab some wintergreen leaves and berries at the same time.. I personally like them better than spearmint and peppermint. We have tons growing around our many Sassafras trees and saplings.

  5. Jack

    You can also make tea out of black-birch, but im not exactly sure how to make it :]

  6. Mike

    Another recipe I saw substituted vanilla extract or half a vanilla bean for the wintergreen. Anyone tried it?

  7. Louis

    HI!

    I’ve been hunting for sassafras root – being in Alberta, Canada it doesn’t exactly grow in my back yard. What area do you reside in? Know any place which would be willing to ship some my way?

  8. JessieB

    Thanks for this article. I’ve been perfecting my own root beer– fermenting and making the soda– but since each batch is so radically different & since I’m not using stabilizers, when a batch ferments the flavors continue to change, I’ve wondered about trying syrups. I would point folks to Mountain Rose Herbs for a good source of sassafras root. I hate yanking up a seedling so I use the already dried, organic root. I didn’t think about gathering twigs though from the trees, which won’t kill the seedling. Thanks again.

  9. PAULA

    I have so many saplings that I just go yanking them out of my flower gardens. We have 3 large trees. As bad as acorn saplings! Oy Vey.
    I never thought to make tea.
    Milford, CT.

  10. Joe Keough

    Love the tea. Hot or cold.

  11. Mark Preston
  12. Monica Wilson

    I’m using dried sassafras and burdock. Should I use less to account for water loss?

  13. Valerie Anderson

    Thanks for the recipe! I had some amazing small-batch root beer recently that is only available on site at a local pub and I’m dying to recreate the experience at home.

  14. angie cali

    I am trying out a recipe for root beer kefir. I bought Sassafrass bark and sarsaparilla bark at my local health food store. Both barks were quite expensive and I was wondering if I can rebrew the bark? I spread the barks out thin and allowed to dry completely – considering placing in the dehydrator to ensure dryness. I know typically I can rebrew with traditional teas but was uncertain about this.

  15. carmen

    I thought root beer is made with sarsaparilla roots, I looked online and the sarsaparilla plant looks different from sassafrass. what’s the difference between the 2?

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