Dandelion tea is an excellent drink to add into your diet, no matter your age or health needs. The drink is made directly from dandelions, an incredibly common flower, and gives the drinker the benefits of antioxidants, cleansers, vitamins, as well as a beautiful skin glow.
Plus, this tea can be made for nearly no cost, making it an incredibly thrifty recipe to boot. Try this tea the next time you are looking for something unique to make in the kitchen. You won’t be sorry.
Step one: Pick and clean a handful of dandelion leaves. These can be picked from your own garden if you have them readily available, or taken from a wilting bouquet. Once the leaves are clean from a rinse under the sink, drain them in a sieve then lay them out to dry on a flat piece of paper towel.
Step two: Carefully dry out the dandelion leaves to turn them into tea leaves. The easiest way to do this is in an oven. Preheat the oven to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit, then line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Scatter the dandelion leaves over the parchment paper so the leaves aren’t over crowded. Place the baking sheet into the oven and let bake for one to two hours, or until the leaves are dark and crisp. Remove the baking tray from the oven and let cool.
Step three: Boil a cup of water in a tea kettle, on the stove or in the microwave. Meanwhile, place a teaspoon of the dried dandelion leaves into a tea cup, reserving the leftovers for your next use. Pour the boiling water over the leaves and let steep for three minutes, until liquid becomes a tinted color.
Step four: If you like, pour the tea through a sieve or cheesecloth to remove the leaves, or let the leaves remain for decoration. Serve with sugar cubes, honey, lemon or mint, or your favorite tea additions.
This method of tea making makes a charming gift. Just package up remaining leaves in a tin to give to a friend.