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A Freehold of My Own

Documenting my journey toward being a self sufficient family

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April 2015

Salmonberry Leaf Tea

I’ve finally had the chance to taste test some tea made from local shrubbery. I had collected leaves from Salmonberry bushes(Rubus spectabilis) that I could find far enough from main roads to make me comfortable. They took about two days to dry, spread out on a cookie sheet in my kitchen. 

  

I crushed the leaves by hand and measured a teaspoon into my tea strainer. I let my water come to a boil and let it sit for about a minute. The leaves were tender before I dried them being the first Spring shoots; I figure that hot but not still boiling water would work well.

 

I let the herbs steep, covered, for about 10-15 minutes. I tried it after two minutes and the flavour wasn’t even noticeable. After more time it tasted much like a mild green tea. I think this would work well added to other ingredients, not so much on its own. 

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Dandelion Oil – Part Two

Part two of dandelion oil! I had read online, from multiple sources, that the moisture content in the flower heads can lead to a jar of rotten slop. I was feeling impatient so rather then sun drying, I spread the flowers on cookie sheets and dried them in the oven while I was out at work. After about five hours they looked like this.

  

I moved them into two jars, covered them with olive oil. I used an extra virgin olive oil that was not to my liking for eating. For cost purposes I’m sure regular olive oil or perhaps grape seed oil would work just fine. You can solar infuse the oil, leaving it in the sun, for four to six weeks or do the faster method. Fill a pot big enough to hold your jar(s) with a few inches of water, put your jar in, turn the burner on to medium. Let the water heat up but not boil, turn off the heat and let the jars stand in the water until it cools. I’m going to let it sit for at least a week, maybe two. Then onto making salve!

  

Dandelion Oil – Part One

The sun was bright and shining today after having heavy rainfall yesterday. My joints do not agree with this sort of weather. In an effort to help with pain and because I love foraging, I collected dandelion flowers to make dandelion oil with. As the process unfolds I will do my best to keep everyone updated. I plan on making a salve with it also.

   

 

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