You know that I love drinking tea, but did you know I make my own "tea" from my own herbs? Throughout the summer, I dry lots of herbs and use them for cooking and tea making in the winter. What I make is not technically tea because there are no tea leaves in it, but we'll just call it herbal tea to make things easy.
I just made a batch of Keby’s Mint Special-Tea and wanted to show you how I do it and how easy it is for anyone to do. You don't even need to have your own dried herbs since you can buy them in most markets these days. I'll show you how to make mint tea because it's easy, and the only herb you'll need is mint!
I have a kitchen tool called a mortar and pestle. The mortal is like a thick bowl (made out of stone) and the pestle is a heavy crusher you use to mash things up in the mortar. This is a tool that has been used by healers, cooks, and everyday people for thousands of years! Think about it, people didn’t always have blenders, or food processors like we do now, so people used the mortar and pestle to break up nuts, grind spices, crush herbs and generally moosh up all sorts of things. Even though it is a very old tool, I still find it very useful when making tea.
You could crush up dried leaves into tiny bits, but I don’t like doing that. I like to crush the leaves just a little so that some more of the minty flavor is released. I only crush up what I know I am going to use in a short amount of time because once the leaf is crushed it doesn’t keep its flavor as long.
I then take the mint from the mortar and put some into open tea bags. I have to buy these special. They are just like the bags that you get in a box of tea, but the top is open so you can put your own tea inside. Then, you iron them closed and you have a regular looking tea bag!
If you would like a string in your tea bag remember to put the end of it into the bag before ironing. Also only use string that has been processed with non-toxic materials because it will be in your tea.
F.W. helps out by making fun tea bag tags. Check these out!
If you make tags for your tea just staple them to the end of the string on each tea bag. A tag can have you own design on it so people know they are drinking your special tea.
It’s always important to label your tea properly, so I write what herbs I used on one side of the label, and how it affects you on the other side. For instance, mint tea helps you with digestion, it can relax you at the end of a long day, and it can wake you up in the morning. Pretty amazing for a few leaves soaked in water!
NOTE: If you would like to try mint tea, and don't have the special tea bags, just put some dried mint in a cup of hot water and scoop out the leaves when it is strong enough for you. If you are interested in making other kinds of herbal tea, get an herb book from your local library and look up other herbs you are interested in. Always do this before you use any herbs in tea, because even some common ones are not good for you to drink. Once you know of some safe herbs that you like, you can start making your own herbal tea recipes!
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