Jerry’s Country Coffee for Hard Times
25 mins (prep 5, cooking 20)
2 ingredients
4 servings
A recipe for our challenging economic times! This is “coffee” for when you cannot afford the real thing! Based on a recipe from Joan Ranson Shortney’s book, How to Live on Nothing. My book is from 1971 and is still mostly relevant even today, except where she says to eat margarine! For me, this book is like a second chance at finally listening to my grandparents and great grandparents. :) For other “country drinks”, you may substitute barley, oats, or soybeans, as these were used during the Civil War; the roasted shells of acorns were used during WWII by the Germans (caution: do not use acorns unless you boil them first to remove their tannic acid). I’m guessing on the quantity and will adjust accordingly after I’ve made this. If you try this, please let me know what quantity worked for you. This recipe requires a coffee grinder, or some other equipment or method for grinding the kernels. I wrote the instructions using a standard 12-cup drip coffee maker, but this can certainly be made using other coffee brewing methods.

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  • 2/3 cup rye meal, kernels
  • 12 cups water


Serving Size (709.97 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 0.0 Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 28.39mg 4.73%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0.0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 0.0g 0.0%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 21.29mg% Iron 0.0mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
rye meal