Thursday, May 9, 2013

Drying Blackberry Leaves for Tea

Just in case anybody has a doubt...I blame Sacha for EVERYTHING!

The endless hours of gardening, drying, sewing, cooking and learning...

she has caused it all! 


She has an Excalibur dehydrator, so of course nothing else would do but that I try one too!

I had a dehydrator years ago when we owned the apple house and have dried countless bags of apples to sell, but nothing since then. 
(Can't imagine why...yeesh)

So I filled it up with strawberries, apples and bananas.

Then as we were looking at Celestial Seasoning tea blends I noticed that
blackberry leaves were in several, got to looking and of course now I had to go pick
blackberry leaves!  My grandmother would think I had lost my mind. LOL

And yes, I now have a "Tea Garden" planted to make my own tea blends!
Again..all Sacha's fault!

So I grabbed my bucket (ok, it was a walmart bag),
grabbed a few dogs to protect me from snakes and turtles...and ticks...lots of ticks and chiggers!

And off I went to the wild blackberry patch!

Perfect timing, they are just getting ready to bloom.

So I picked...and picked some more...bled a lot...did I say you really need gloves for this?


Went back to the house, spread them out on the trays, dried it and had a nice bag of leaves.

Gave it some thought, did I need MORE?

After looking at tea blends again...every one of them uses blackberry leaves!


So this time I put gloves on (SO MUCH EASIER), put on my bug repellent and back to the ponds we go.

Did all of the above a second time...sigh...and now have FOUR bags of dried leaves.

Sacha assures me that will make enough tea blends for a lifetime...

Do we believe her? Or is she once again messing with my head?

It looks pretty in jars. And we know everyone has room for that many jars right?

Nahhh...baggies it is.

I'm sure someone somewhere is horrified they are in baggies.

Ah well..... ♥