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How to Preserve Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red raspberry leaf is a delicious herb with a taste similar to green tea. See how to harvest, dehydrate, and brew raspberry leaf tea.
Prep Time15 mins
Air Drying Time14 d
Total Time14 d 15 mins
Course: Pantry
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red raspberry leaf tea
Servings: 450
Calories: 2kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh raspberry leaves
  • twine drying screen or food dehydrator
  • 1 glass jar for storing

Instructions

  • Gather young raspberry leaves.
  • Wash the leaves well with running water to remove dust and insects and lay them out on a kitchen towel to let some of the moisture evaporate.

Dry the Raspberry Leaves

  • You can either let the leaves dry naturally, or use a food dehydrator to dry the raspberry leaves quicker. First, Then decide how you are going to dry the raspberry leaves:
  • Hang and Air Dry: Remove the lower leaves, tie the stems into small bundles, and hang upside down in a dry.
  • Drying Screen: Spread the leaves out on a drying screen. Suspend the screen over two chairs so the air can circulate above and below the screen.
  • Food Dehydrator: Preheat food dehydrator to 100˚F. Place the herbs in a single layer on dehydrator trays and place in the dehydrator until herbs are dry, 1 to 4 hours depending on the type of herb. Check every 30 minutes to prevent over drying.
  • Once the leaves are dry, store lightly packed in a glass jar away from direct sunlight. Try not to crush them to reserve the flavor until you are ready to brew your tea.
  • Store the jars in a in a cool, dark place, away from heat, humidity, and temperature fluctuations. Dried herbs will remain potent for 6 to 12 months when stored properly.
  • To brew the tea, use about 1-teaspoon of crushed, dried raspberry leaves per 8-ounce cup of boiling water. Steep for at least 5 minutes and drink like regular tea.

Nutrition

Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 2kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.25g | Protein: 0.133g | Fiber: 0.11g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 10IU