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I have been doing a lot to work on food storage and have been learning many different ways to preserve and can many kinds of foods. As a tea lover, one of the things that really intrigued me was making my own tea bags.
They are so inexpensive I didn’t think it was worth it to try to make my own. It is fun just filling them with homemade tea.
So where to start? When making your own tea bags, first you need to find some tea to put in them.
If you don’t have a garden or access to plants or flowers to dry, then you can probably find bulk teas to put in your tea bags, and it will save you some money by making your own tea bags.
If you have a garden, then you can really have fun making your own tea. I am growing lemon balm and spearmint in my garden.
I dry the leaves in my food dehydrator and then crush them with an old coffee grinder that I just use for grinding herbs. I use an Excalibur dehydrator.
I also save and dry leaves from my raspberry bushes. If you are able to go scavenging out in the country, you may be able to find things like rose hips and elderberries to dry to add to your tea.
You can also add things like whole cloves and small cinnamon sticks.
I don’t worry too much about measuring the herbs when I make my teas. I really like the flavor of the rose hips, so my teas have a lot of rose hips in them.
Rose hips are full of vitamin C and also have a really mild, sweet flavor that doesn’t require extra sweetening.
If you are looking for some good tea recipes and more information on how to grow herbs to make tea, check out:
- Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes
- Herbal Tea Gardens: 22 Plans for Your Enjoyment & Well-Being
Last fall I had a lot of fun making homemade tea bags and giving some away as Christmas presents.
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