Thursday, June 20, 2013

Brew Fresh Herbal Tea in your Coffee Maker


I am most definitely a morning coffee drinker, but in the summer especially, I enjoy drinking iced tea throughout the day. I also offer brewed herbal teas to our chickens as an added health booster. Not a fan of black tea, I enjoy herbal teas, and instead of using commercial tea bags, I have started brewing my own herbal tea - in our coffee maker - using fresh cut herbs from our garden.



Brewing fresh herbs into tea couldn't be quicker or easier.  Just snip a generous handful of any of your culinary herbs. My current favorite is chocolate mint.

Rinse your herbs in the sink, then place them in a filter in the basket of your coffee maker.  I have also been adding a split vanilla bean to make a nice vanilla-mint blend.




Pour in your water and brew the tea just like you would brew a pot of coffee. When it's done, add a touch of honey for sweetness if you wish, and put it in the refrigerator to chill. When it's sufficiently chilled, add some ice cubes, a bit of garnish and you're done.

(If you want hot tea, just pour as is right from the carafe into your teacup. The nice thing about brewing the tea this way is that the coffee maker keeps the pot hot on the warming pad, unlike a traditional tea kettle on the stove.)




Mint has natural cooling properties (which is why mojitos and mint juleps are popular summer drinks), but you can experiment with other herbs and edible flowers as well, such as lavender, pineapple sage or rose petals. They all make delicious tea.


For your chickens, you can also try some 'savory' teas or tea blends.  They will also enjoy herb tea - iced in the summer and warm in the wnter. The following herbs are all extremely beneficial to your chickens' health:

Basil
Cilantro
Marjoram
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Thyme

Click HERE for a complete list of culinary herbs and their benefits.

Why not brew yourself some refreshing, nutritious herbal tea this summer.  And please let me know what your favorite tea or tea blend is. I would love to discover some new blends to try!

13 comments:

  1. I love finding new ways to do herbal tea. This is awesome and so simple.

    I'd love it if you join us Thursday at:
    The HomeAcre Hop

    ~Ann

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    1. Hi Ann,

      I sure will link up. This is awesome and simple. I toss out the coffee grounds, put in a new filter and brew myself a pot of herbal tea for the day....the mint really is super refreshing.

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  2. Found your blog via the blog hop and I knew I was going to like it just from the title. Someday I will have chickens in my backyard :)

    The tea looks so good! I make a tea with mint leaves and black tea, but I may have to try your remedy. New follower :)

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  3. I am very excited to find a way to use up some of my chocolate mint that is thriving right now.

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  4. I love this....I love herbs and putting them in the nesting boxes, but this is awesome...I love tea and to share with my chicks...simply makes it even more fun....Right now I have a thing for my grapefruit mint...not sure about hot tea, but love it in cold tea...I will try the pineapple sage and lemon balm....

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    1. Ooh I might need some grapefruit mint...I am not a huge fan of hot herbal tea, but iced - its awesome!

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  5. Thank you for this post! I have all kinds of spearmint and chocolate mint growing in the yard and haven't figured out what to do with it besides occasionally put it in ice water. What a great suggestion.

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    1. That's what I was doing, just smushing it up a bit, but brewing it really lets the flavor shine!

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  6. brilliant!!! thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  8. Great idea, Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today at:
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  9. Hello,
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