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Creating tea in large batches is a convenient way to have your tea ready to go so you don't have to think about making your cup of tea multiple times a day. Here's a general guide on how to make large batches of your sacred tea:
Ingredients and Equipment
1. Loose leaf tea or tea in a bag
2. Spring water
4. Large pot or kettle
5. Strainer or infuser
6. 1 gallon mason jar
Calculate the Amounts:
- Determine the number of servings you need and calculate the amount of tea leaves or bags accordingly. A standard ratio is 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves or 1 tea bag per 8 ounces (240 ml) of water. If preparing for 1 gallon of tea, you'll use 2 cups of dried herb. Add the herbs to your mason jar if they are leaves or flowers. If they are roots and barks you will add it to your pot directly to be simmered.
- Boil the required amount of water in a large pot or kettle.
Add Tea Leaves or Bags:
- Leaves/Flowers - Once the water reaches below boiling turn off the heat and add the water to your mason jar. You can also use a tea infuser or tie loose leaves in a cloth for easy removal later if you want to add the herbs to the pot instead.
- Roots/Barks - Once the water reaches boiling, add your herbs to the water and allow it to simmer on low for 30 minutes. You can also use a tea infuser or tie loose leaves in a cloth for easy removal later if you want to add the herbs to the pot instead.
Steep the Tea:
- Let the tea steep for the recommended time. If making batches of tea in my mason jar I love to allow it to sit overnight to become stronger in its medicinal compounds. If steeping the tea directly in the pot, I allow it to steep for 30 minutes and sit in the water with the heat off for another 30 minutes.
Remove Tea Leaves or Bags:
- After steeping, remove the tea leaves or bags to prevent over-steeping, which can result in a bitter taste. If you used loose leaves, strain the tea to remove them. This could look like using a separate bowl to pour the herbs out in over a strainer or milk bag. Then adding the strained tea back in the original mason jar container.
Cool the Tea:
- Allow the tea to cool to room temperature. You can speed up the process by placing the pot in an ice bath or transferring the liquid to another container.
- Once the tea has cooled, transfer it to the refrigerator.
- Pour your cup each time you intend to have tea and heat as you go!