basic herbal tea questions
Posted 25 February 2007 - 01:51 AM
And also, any advice or suggestions as I head out into the herbal tea making world?
Posted 25 February 2007 - 02:56 AM
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Posted 25 February 2007 - 08:52 AM
No big deal if you just want a cup of mint flavored tea , but if you want a cup of relaxing, chamomile mint tea, you don't want the caffine from the black tea.
Posted 25 February 2007 - 04:15 PM
I have found that "Hyssop" comes pretty close to the flavor of black tea. You can use Hyssop as a base if that is a flavor you like.
Apple cinnamon, sure a bit of apple juice would work fine! you can also slice apples, sprinkle with cinnamon, dehydrate and use that when brewing your tea..however it won't have the strong apple flavor. I wonder do they make dried/powdered apple juice?
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Posted 25 February 2007 - 06:38 PM
As for making your own apple cinnamon flavor, here's a very old fashioned way. I take apple peels, from organic or well washed apples, and dehydrate them. They will be a bit leathery when dry. Place two or three large pieces in a cup with cinnamon chips or a stick (you can use powdered too but it's not as smooth and tasty) and pour almost boiling water over them.Let them steep five to ten minutes and sweeten with honey if desired. A bit different taste, one that I prefer, is to take the dried apple peel, place them on a cookie sheet and put it in a 250 degree oven and roast them until they are deep golden brown. Watch so you don't burn them though even very brown ones are still tasty. Cool and store in an air tight container. Use them the same way as for regular dried apple peel tea.
To make a good orange or lemon spice flavored tea, take the rind of lemon, lime or oranges and scrape the inside white pith off as much as possible. Cut these in about one inch squares and poke a whole clove or cinnamon chip through each one. Dry until very hard and store in an air tight container. Use one or more in each cup of tea. These store for years.
Now if you really want to make a finished product, you can grind or chop any or all of these and put them in iron shut tea bags and have them all done ahead of time. You can buy the empty tea bags at many herbal suppliers and they are really easy to use.
Welcome to the herbal tea drinkers world. One thing nice about herb teas, there's a never ending variety of them. If one doesn't suit, there's always another waiting to try.
Posted 03 March 2007 - 07:12 PM
As for making your own apple cinnamon flavor, here's a very old fashioned way. I take apple peels, from organic or well washed apples, and dehydrate them. They will be a bit leathery when dry. Place two or three large pieces in a cup with cinnamon chips or a stick (you can use powdered too but it's not as smooth and tasty) and pour almost boiling water over them.Let them steep five to ten minutes and sweeten with honey if desired.
Ooooh goodie. I am 'Packrat with a Purpose' but I hadn't yet found a purpose for saving all those oodles of apple peeling spirals left over from dehydrating apples this fall. But I couldn't just *gasp* throw them OUT!
Posted 09 March 2007 - 04:01 PM
Posted 09 March 2007 - 05:07 PM
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Posted 09 March 2007 - 05:37 PM
You can dehydrate mint and some other leaves in the microwave. You place them between layers of paper towels. Just take care not to over cook.
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