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Old 08-06-2007, 01:11 PM   #1
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Homemade File Powder?

We are overrun with Sassafrass trees here, to the point where we now have several growing right thru our deck.

As we plan to lop these devils down mucho pronto, I was wondering if perhaps I could collect & dry a number of the leaves & grind them into my own file powder for gumbo, etc.

Has anyone here done that?


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Old 08-06-2007, 01:15 PM   #2
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I've never done that but see no reason not to try. Drying them is the easy part. Not sure how difficult it would be to get the dried leaves ground down to a fine powder.

When I was a Boy Scout, we used the bark off the roots to make sassafras tea.

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Old 08-06-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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This guy made his own. Sounds simple and good, a bit labor intensive, but good.

Locate a Sassafras tree and take some branches containing the younger, more tender leaves.

Hang the branches outside to dry (preferably out of the direct sun) for about one week.

When the leaves are completely dry, remove the leaves from the stems and pulverize very well in a mortar and pestle, or an electric coffee grinder as I did.

Pass the powder through a very fine sieve, or a metal coned coffee filter as I did. It was a painstaking process as the mesh was too fine, but it worked to remove all of the little twigs, and tough pieces.

Store in an airtight container and keep out of the sunlight.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:07 PM   #4
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Thanks!! Since all the trees we'll be taking down will be young, have small tender leaves, & I have an old electric coffee grinder, this should work perfectly.

Can't wait to make it & try it out in a gumbo or jambalaya!!!
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:20 AM   #5
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Living in Louisiana myself, I wish we had some Sass. trees around us so i could make my own. The process is pretty straight forward as you have seen above. I have had homemade file and I can tell you it beats the store bought stuff hands down. Thats right Zatarains, I'm talking to you! LOL
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