Dandy Blend is made of only 5 ingredients — extracts of barley, rye, dandelion, chicory and beet roots.
a. the ingredients are dried and roasted separately, each for their own prescribed time. Dandelion roots are roasted at around 230 degrees fahrenheit until they smell like a sweet coffee-hot chocolate mix.
b. all five are combined in the proper proportions, and placed in a hot water-filled vat.
c. they are allowed to steep for the prescribed period of time.
d. the water, with the soluble portions of all the ingredients, is drained from the grounds
e. The water portion is spray dried. The grounds, with all the water-insoluble substances, are discarded.
f. the powder that remains after the water is driven off is Dandy Blend.
It does not contain barley and rye. It contains the water extracts of barley and rye, and that is a big difference. Gluten and Gliadin proteins are not water soluble. That means that all gluten and gliadin are left behind in the grounds, and get thrown away (usually composted).
We test for gluten and gliaden using the ELIZA tests accepted by FDA and Health Canada, the results always show that there are less than 5 ppm of both in Dandy Blend. Standards in both countries are that 20 ppm or less is gluten-free.