Dear Ted and Jody:
After reading that people harvested peppermint by cutting the stems some inches above the roots and then hanging them to dry before stripping the leaves I started that yesterday. In the meantime, I started my first sun brewed peppermint from the leaves I harvested and dried “improperly.” after sitting out all night there is no trace of the light brown color I came accustomed to using store bought peppermint tea bags. It is virtually clear. Perhaps, I did not use enough leaves in two tea balls for a ½ gallon of peppermint tea. That got me to wondering what causes peppermint tea to have a tea like brown color? Nancy tells me that the leaves will turn brown when I hang them to dry. That, she assures me, will turn peppermint tea brown when I brew with the leaves stripped from hanging to dry. I must confess after 24 hours of hanging in the garage the peppermint simply looks wilted, not brown at all. So I googled my question. Apparently one other person asked it over three years ago. One person answered and said all mint tea turns brown. A fellow from China responded that it is the regular tea mixed in with it. Funny, the label on my store bought peppermint tea only lists peppermint as an ingredient. I guess I will have to wait and see if Nancy and the one answer are correct.
In the meantime, I am faced with some way to process my garlic crop. Last fall I replanted about a hundred or so garlic plants. Then this spring I put another four score in pots. The ones from the fall planting multiplied. I have not examined the ones in the pots. But the transplanted ones are about the size of garlic in the grocery stores that sell for 58 cents each. Last night I started to process one by removing the skin so I could mince the cloves in the Ninja. What a time consuming and tedious process with just a paring knife. II really needed a garlic clove de-skinning device. Fortunately, such a thing is made. I picked one up at a kitchen shop today in the Centralia Outlet Mall and will try again this evening. You would think the holiday is Agriculture Day instead of Labor Day.
Actually since I am writing while Nancy is shopping in ALL the stores at the outlet mall the holiday should be Shopping Day.
Warmest regards, Ed