Look What I Made: Tea
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So what am I'm making and sharing today? Tea. Really good tea too that doesn't really need anything added to it. Tea is the major drink of choice throughout the world and has a long history with many different cultures throughout the world. I was never really much of a tea drinker, unless you could the inundated sugary drinks that come in glass or plastic bottles.
A year or two back, I was intrigued by the idea of an edible landscape discussed in the book, Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder. I was equally intrigued by Dickson Despommier's The Vertical Farm. Both of these had me thinking about the ways in which I could make the landscape that I live in, be both useful and aesthetically intriguing. It would mean not just pouring in time and money to landscape the yard, but doing so in a way that produced rewards beyond aesthetics. So I started tinkering with creating an edible landscape.
I've got a way to go, but one project I've been working on is encouraging the growing of mint in some places, instead of grass or other things. This has been nice and led me to go further and create a good size herb garden that I plan to develop further. But all of it has led me to have a whole lot of mint available. After talking with a few friends, the idea of making a tea out of it was hit upon, since I have the dehydrator. Thus, I ventured into making tea and finding that I actually really like it. What I've created is refreshing and tasty and pretty easy to make large amounts of.
My ingredients include using sweet mint, peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, and stevia. The mints are hardy perennials that once you plant, you can expect to come up year after year. I recommend always picking the big leaves and doing this at least once a week. It often delays the blossoming process (though I don't know if that has an effect on the quality of the leaves).
|Chocolate Mint (Plant |
purchased at Home Depot)
Pick leaves and wash.
STEP 1: So the first thing is to pick them. This is the 2nd most tedious step in the process. The higher the leaf is on the stem, the more careful you want to be and use 2 hands. 1 hand to stabilize the top of the stem, and the second to tear the leaf at the base. Don't pull from the end of the leaf; you're likely to tear the leaf OR take the top of the plant off.
Lay them out on the
STEP 2: Lay them out on the dehydrator plates. This is the most tedious part of the venture and I'd lie if I didn't say I sometimes don't lay them out so neatly. More than picking, if you're careful about the layout, it is likely to be the most time-consuming process.
Fill up each rack
|Step 4: |
Dehydrate until they are crisp
Step 4: Dehydrate. This can take from 3-6 hours depending on how high you put the setting, but you don't have to be present for this. Just turn it on and go. I check in usually around the 4 hour mark and see if they are crispy and crunchy to the touch. If so, I take them out; otherwise, I let it keep going.
|Step 5: |
Remove the dried leaves
Step 5: Once done, turn off the dehydrator and start collecting the leaves.
Place in airtight container
|Step 7: |
Add crushed leaves
and water into an
pitcher & shake.
Place in Fridge for
Pour mix into other container
using strainer to catch leaves
Strain at least 2X
Put drink in Fridge.
|Some leaves will remain.|
It won't destroy the drink.
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