Last week we gave the last of the 3 part presentation at Roosevelt High School. This presentation was about using herbs.
Since we have started our herb business we have discovered that people can be a bit confused about herbs. It is not an area everyone feels comfortable when it comes to using them.
After spending a huge amount of time educating folks at the Farmers Markets about herbs and then having many requests from organizations to speak about how to use herbs, we finally added this as a part of the presentations we now offer.
If you are not familiar with how to cook or bake with herbs, I believe it is best to keep it simple. Just add a little here and there until you start to find out what you like.
So, for this last presentation I prepared some very simple treats for everyone to try.
This post is going to show you how to do a simple Herb Infused Iced Tea.
Now, this is NOT herbal tea. This is a black tea infused with herbs. And “infused” means all the tea and herbs were NOT boiled.
Boil a kettle of water
In your pitcher add 5 bags of your favorite black tea. (Most common teas are black tea or a mix of)
Add in the pitcher a Tablespoon of dried Peppermint
Add 1 1/2 teaspoon of Dried Lemon Balm
Add one heaping teaspoon of Dried Stevia
Stevia is a natural sweetener and is basically calorie free.
Pour boiling water into the pitcher and let steep for about 30 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor.
**If you don’t have the dried herbs, you can use fresh herbs. Generally that means you need to use 2 to 3 times the amounts. And make sure you crush up (bruise) all the leaves to release the oils.**
Next double a piece of cheesecloth across the pitcher and strain into another pitcher. You can do this twice if you want but, generally by doubling the cheesecloth, once is enough.
Now refrigerate and enjoy!
Remember, you can try different herbs that you like in making an Herb Infused Tea. Play around with any of the mints and “Lemon” herbs (Verbena or Thyme). And you can use the same recipes to make a Hot Herb Infused Tea.
I will be sharing more fun and easy things that I made using herbs at this presentation in the coming week so, stop back by!
For more great recipes, check out these parties I am joining:
Slightly Indulgent Tuesday