What’s new? Not much. Weeding, compost spreading, and mulching. But that’s fine with me.
This is just a short blog post to show you something I made with something grown on the Howdy Farm!
I was taking mint cuttings so that they could root, get potted up, and sold for the April 1st plant sale. When you take cuttings, you want to remove a third or more of the leaves. That means I ended up with a whole pile of mint leaves that no one was going to use. So, naturally, I took them home.
After coarsely chopping the leaves, I mixed the mint with some black loose leaf I already had at home, and steeped the tea for about 3 to 4 minutes at a temperature around 160° F to 170° F. Notice that this is not boiling water! Boiling is only good for brewing black tea by itself (and some will tell you that the water should be at 190° F instead of boiling). For brewing teas that aren’t black, you will want to wait for the water to cool down before pouring it over the leaves. Since the mint leaves were still green, I figured the temperature for green tea brewing would be best. Any hotter and the tea would be very bitter. This isn’t scientific in the slightest, but I find that the water temperature is just about right when I let the water cool about 10 minutes after boiling.
The tea was great hot, but I couldn’t drink all of it. Now I have two pitchers of mint iced tea in my fridge.
Have yourself a cuppa today! Hot or cold, it’s all good.