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As many times as I’ve made sassafras tea from scratch I’ve never thought to ice it down, but the bottle of Pappy’s Sassafras Tea Concentrate comes with directions for making iced tea. After following the directions for making the tea “gourmet style” I felt that the tea came out weak tasting; the ice really watered down the flavor. Instead I preferred to follow the “serve it cold” directions by mixing 1 1/2 ounces of tea concentrate with a cup of cold water. Both methods produced a tea that reminded me of root beer minus the sugar and fizz from the carbonated water, which was exactly what I had expected since sassafras is one of the main ingredients used to make root beer. The tea left me wanting to add a few heaping teaspoons of sugar to my cup, which I would have done if I had had any sugar on hand. The flavor was much as I remembered, although when I make the tea from scratch it seems to turn out much more flavorful. My experience with Pappy’s Sassafras Tea Concentrate left me wondering if I could use it to make a quick, not quite from scratch, root beer without the fuss of having to boil down all of my ingredients. Check back soon to see how my experiment making root beer using a bottle of Pappy’s Sassafras Tea Concentrate turned out.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/8/12/tuesday-tea-pappys-sassafras-tea-concentrate-h-k-products.html

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Iced

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Find myself gravitating to this one when I’m worn to a nubbin by winter…breaking open the bottle a month early! No brains, no wait, no steep, add water—warm and cuddly.

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Another hot-weather, no-brains-required, lawn-mowing buddy. My favorite regular root beer is Barq’s … this is Barq’s without the bite. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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First iced tea of the season necessitated by the first push mow of the season. Got half our big backyard done and I’m limp—vegetation so thick the blade felt like it was caught in wet spaghetti. Welcome to Missouri. There was still snow on the ground last week.

At any rate, this is quick-no steep time whatsoever; in with the cold water and boom! there you go. Root beery goodness. We can find this in local grocery stores; I wonder if it gets scarcer the farther east and west you go.

K S

Had some of this last summer in Indiana. I don’t think there is an real sassafrass in it as I think it is illegal – though we used to cut our own root to use.

yyz

My mom used to make rootbeer from scratch as a kid sadly, she never showed me how. I have never seen Sassafrass Concentrate up here but I bet it is wonderful.

It’s crazy how fast things grow when the season grows into full gear. I worked on a wildlife project in Northern Ontario in University and I remeber thinking the roads were so wide when we first arrived and within a week they would seem to shrink by a third to a half in size as the vegetation started to leaf out.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I got some of this one in the kitchen, Good Stuff!

gmathis

Quick Google and here’s the scoop; the ingredient called safrole is what was considered dangerous, but safrole-free products are on the market; http://www.livestrong.com/article/315279-what-are-the-dangers-of-sassafras-tea/

Anyanka

I’ve purchased it in Maryland, so it’s made it to the Atlantic coast. :)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

The bottle of Pappy’s that I have here is Safrole Free :)

MsWhatsit

Good stuff. I like to keep some on hand, though my husband prefers the actual root.

Ah memories…I had a push mower when I lived near Little Rock, AR a few years back. The back yard was a swamp half the time and I kept joking about needing pontoons for the mower. When I could actually mow, it was a major battle between me and the lawn, usually with me on the losing end…

Atacdad

I remember Sassafrass tea from my childhood…M&D would dig up some roots in the early spring and boil them to make tea. Yummy…who new it was a carcinogen….

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If Granny Clampett looked me over, I ‘spect she’d tell me I had a miz’ry that needed tonickin’. This’ll do. Nice and root-beery, warm. All I need is a jug :) Zero steep time; 2 tablespoons in with your water and great hoppin’ horny-toads! there you go.

Nicole

Very Hillbillies. :)

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Was toting around a colossal headache all day yesterday. A nice sit-down and a cuppa this, hot, did much to alleviate it. Officially, “headache tonic” isn’t on the cure-all list for sassafrass (benefits lean more toward detox and anti-inflammatory), but whatever it did, it did me good.

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Best part — shot of two tablespoons in a cup, no waiting, no steep time! I was seriously craving this; another tea treat I associate with early spring. Unsweet root beer for those of you who are unfamiliar with the base ingredient.

Since I have a whole bottle (minus last night’s splash) I wonder what this would mix well with. Hmmm…

Mercuryhime

Cake. Latte. Ice cream!

teawing

Where do you find this?

TeaBrat

OMG – this is awesome… lol

gmathis

Locally, at Price Cutter (a Kroger stepchild), a health food place or to, and don’t swear me to it, but I may have seen it at Wal-Mart.

teawing

gonna half to hunt fer it…. :)

Jillian

I feel obliged to point out that sassafras is carcinogenic and can cause long-term liver damage. There’s a reason they don’t use it in root beer anymore.

gmathis

Wow. Taken under advisement; and will keep moderation in mind.

TeaBrat

I wonder how it’s even legal then?

Invader Zim

Sassafras extracted from the roots is ok, and is still used today. Sassafras from the bark can cause damage to the liver over years of heavy use and can be carcinogenic and has been banned. This is because the extract from the bark contains safrole. Now, if the sassafras extract from the bark has the safrole removed, it is considered safe for consumption and is used commercially in teas and root beer.

ashmanra

We used to get tons of sassafras seedlings that we had to pull up each year, and the roots smelled heavenly! They come up by the dozens and I don’t even know where the parent tree is.

Invader Zim

In the dendrology class I was in last semester, we used to pull twigs off the trees, pull off the bark and chew on the twigs, it was so good! These and Sweet Birch trees which smell and taste like evergreen mint!

gmathis

Copied from Wikipedia (which I can’t always use as a credible source per my editors, but it’ll do for basic info: In 1960, the FDA banned the use of sassafras oil and safrole in commercially mass-produced foods and drugs based on the animal studies and human case reports.11 Several years later, sassafras tea was banned,11 a ban that lasted until the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994.12 Sassafras root extracts which do not contain safrole or in which the safrole has been removed are permissible, and are still widely used commercially in teas and root beers.

Label on my bottle looks to contain extracts only, so I feel quite safe in moderation :)

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__Morgana__

The name makes me giggle. :-)

gmathis

Always gives me visions of the old, old, old Dogpatch cartoon strip. That and my grandpa—-he brewed the real thing from sassafrass roots and iced it down in “trendy” colored aluminum tumblers that sweat like crazy in weather like this.

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Yummy memories of childhood in this cup. When I was a lil’ kid in the hills n’ hollows of western Pennsylvania we’d dig sassafras roots in the spring after the new leaves appeared. Wash em’ up and cut into shorts. Boil awhile and hot cups of yummy tea. Didn’t know about the safrole back then, but didn’t drink enough to really matter. Pappy’s is good stuff, hot with truvia. Enjoying some right now.

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185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Well I’m not crazy about it, but I was curious. I do very very much enjoy anything slightly sassafrass-y and this makes a respectable tea. I haven’t tried it hot, but if you make it cold you have to make it much stronger.

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Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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There are those who would say tea concentrate is sacrilege, but you just can’t beat this one for good ol’fashioned Ozark mountain sentimentality. Flat unsweet root beer, that’s all there is to it, and since I think root beer is often way too sweet, this is great. A tablespoon or so in a hot cuppa; or about double strength iced.

Cofftea

My aunt got this http://www.favatea.com/store/shopexd.asp?id=381 for the girl she babysits for and she LOVED it. Steep in as little water possible to make a concentrate and add soda water.

gmathis

My grandpa steeped the real thing from sassafrass bark and sat in his old stinky canvas-back porch chair and drank it iced from (OK, I’m dating myself here) those old colored aluminum tumblers with silver innards that sweat like crazy in the summer weather and made your teeth tingle. Can’t QUITE duplicate that, but it’s close.

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