Monday, June 29, 2020

How to Make Amish - Mennonite Meadow Tea

Meadow Tea is a simple refreshing Iced Mint Tea made with fresh mint and enjoyed in Amish and Mennonite communities. Meadow Tea to Mennonites is what Sweet Tea is to Southerners. 
Today I am going to show you how to make a delicious mint iced tea also known as Meadow Tea. It is called meadow tea because it's made with fresh mint that grows wild along creek sides and meadows. I first learned of meadow tea after watching one of my new favorite Vloggers, Lynette Yoder. 

Lynette is a Mennonite mom who shares videos on cooking, baking, decorating, cleaning, organizing, DIY's and home improvement projects. I stumbled upon her YouTube channel over spring break and during our April stay at home order. 

I was instantly hooked and have watched all her videos and have tried several recipes. I made her meadow tea out of curiosity, but instantly fell in love with the iced minty flavor. I can honestly see why this tea is loved in Amish and Mennonite communities. Meadow tea isn't really a tea, but fresh mint that has been brewed (similar to tea) then sweetened and chilled. 

If you have mint growing in your backyard or garden than you know that's it's an invasive herb. Just one little plant can multiply quickly and take over your garden in no time. For this reason I keep my mint plants contained when growing. I grow mint in an old galvanized wash tub that I got from my husbands grandmother about 20 years ago. 

Growing mint in a container is easier to control and maintain. If you have an abundance of mint growing, brewing meadow tea is a simple and delicious way to use up all that pesky mint. Any mint will work, but spearmint is my favorite. Now that I make meadow tea, I finally have a delicious use for all those mint clippings after pruning. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.     
Start by gathering your fresh mint together and soak in cold water and rinse. Pull the mint leaves off of the stem and set aside. 

Sometimes I just leave the mint leaves on the stem and I haven't noticed a difference once steeped. It's really just a personal preference. 

Add the mint leaves to a cheese cloth and gather it together and tie it in a knot. 

In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and add the sugar. Lightly boil for 5 minutes. 


Add the cheese cloth with the mint leaves into the pot (pressing down to make sure the cheese cloth is completely submerged) and boil 1 minute more.

 Remove the pot from the heat. Cover and let steep for 4- 5 hours. 

Remove the cheese cloth and discard. 

This is your tea concentrate. 

Strain the concentrate and pour into Freezer containers and freeze.


To make the tea use  approximately 1 part tea concentrate to 3 parts of water and mix to combine. Serve over ice with or without lemon slice. 




Amish - Mennonite Meadow Tea Concentrate 
Ingredients: 

4 - cups (packed) fresh mint (spearmint or peppermint)
2 - quarts water (8 cups) 
2 - cups sugar

Instructions:
Gather the fresh mint together and soak and rinse in cold water. Pull the mint leaves off of the stem and set aside. 

Sometimes I just leave the mint leaves on the stem and haven't noticed a difference once steeped. It's really a personal preference.

Add the mint leaves to a cheese cloth and gather it together and tie it in a knot. 


In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and add the sugar. Lightly boil for 5 minutes. 

Add the cheese cloth with the mint leaves into the pot (pressing down to make sure the cheese cloth is completely submerged). 

Boil for 1 minute more then remove the pot from the heat. Cover and let steep for 4- 5 hours. 

Strain the concentrate and pour into Freezer containers and freeze.

recipe yields: about 5 pints of tea concentrate. 
source: Lynette Yoder 


How to make Meadow Tea: 

Use approximately 1 part tea concentrate to 3 parts of water and mix to combine. 

Serve over ice with or without lemon slice. 





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1 comment:

Teresa Halminton said... #

Oh I have never tried this Meadow Tea :o it's so easy to make. I will definitely try this recipe, thank you for sharing!
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