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Wine Characteristics
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You can't make me Eat It!
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The Glossary Of Pork Terms
Sixty one Uses Of Baking Soda
Timetable for Roasting Fresh or Thawed
Using a Candy Thermometer
Vegetable Harvest and Storage
Vegetable Seasonings
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Sour Cream
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Thawing Times for Whole Turkey
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Poultry Seasonings
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Sizes of Dishes and Baking Pans
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Oven Temperature Conversion Chart
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Ten Rules of Edible Flowers
Rules For A Good Quiche
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Learn the Basics of Freezing Your Fruits and Vegetables
Metric Conversion Chart
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How to Make Pickles and Relishes
Creating magic in your kitchen
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Mead Names from Around the World
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Glossary of Basic Cuts of Steak
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Kitchen Witch Creed
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Juice of Love
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Food Rich in Antioxidants
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Garlic Braid
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Equivalent Weights and Measures
Fish and Food seasonings
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Easy Chocolate Truffles
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Divination with Chopped Herbs
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Magical Food
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On the tea Kettle
Crimson's Essential Kitchen
The legume Family
An Introduction to Home Canning
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Alcohol Substitutions In Cooking
Apples of my Eye
Can Contents
Can Vegetables Using A Boiling-Water Canner
Candy-Making Temperatures
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Cold Storage Life of Foods
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Brewing the Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea

There is nothing quite as good as the taste of teas made with fresh picked herbs. However, many herbs may not be available fresh, either because of the season or their growing environment. A perfect cup of tea can still be brewed with quality dried herbs.

Although numerous gadgets exist for tea making, all that is really required is a pot or kettle to boil water in, a teapot or glass canning jar for steeping, and a strainer. It is important to use a glass, porcelain, or glazed earthenware pot for brewing as some metals can react with the herbs. Always warm the container to prevent the tea from cooling off too quickly and to prevent the container from breaking. Many types of strainers and tea balls are available but the simplest is a fine-mesh stainless steel gravy strainer found in kitchen stores. This method allows the herbs to float and move around during brewing. If you prefer a tea ball, use a large one.

Because herbal teas can be brewed from leaves, roots, bark, seeds or flowers; alone or in combination, a couple of brewing techniques need to be acquired. 

Teas made from the leaves or flowers are infused to protect the more delicate oils from evaporating. To make an infusion, place the herbs in the warmed teapot or canning jar, pour gently boiling water over the herbs, cover to prevent evaporation, steep for 10 - 15 minutes, and strain. In general, use one teaspoon of dried or 3 teaspoons of fresh, bruised herb per cup of water.

Teas made from the roots, bark or seeds are decocted to release their properties. A decoction requires the roots or bark to be cut into small pieces and the seeds to be bruised with a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon. Place 1/2 to one ounce of herb into a pot with one pint (2 cups) of cold water, bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat, simmer gently for 10 - 20 minutes, and strain. Teas made with stronger spices such as ginger, clove or cinnamon will need to be adjusted for personal tastes.

To make a tea with both roots/bark/seeds and leaves/flowers follow the directions for making a decoction using just the roots, bark or seeds. Pour the strained decoction over the leaves or flowers and infuse as above.

Herbal iced teas follow the same procedures as above but should be brewed double-strength. After straining, chill for 30 minutes and pour over a glass full of ice.

Most herbal teas are delicate enough that sweetening is not necessary but sugar or preferably local honey can be added. There are also naturally sweet herbs that can be added to the teas such as licorice root and stevia (up to 250 times sweeter than sugar! All natural with just a pinch required to sweeten a whole pot of tea).

Unused tea should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours of brewing. 



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