In the true spirit of mommy blogging, I often attempt to “do it all”. Besides blogging, I have a full-time job I do from home while raising a toddler, studying herbalism, and doing the usual home things we all do. Sometimes it all piles up and I find myself up to my eyeballs, as I have managed to do this week! But alas, I can’t bear the thought of not being able to share something with all of you. So if you don’t mind, I’m reposting something I originally wrote last September. Apple tea is so pleasant and warming anyway, and boy is it chilly already! So enjoy some tea while I try and square away some telecommuting issues. I’ll be seeing you all again on Monday, and boy, have I got some great articles and giveaways slated for next week!
Fresh apples are starting to appear at the supermarkets and in roadside stands as fall begins to peek its head around the corner. This is the time to get some really great apples, much better than any other time of year. If you’re fortunate enough to snag some good organic ones, do it while they’re in season, and you can make yourself some amazing apple tea that’s not only tasty but great for the kidneys as well. Apples are also said to be a good cancer fighter, in particular for the prostate, colon, and liver. So by enjoying it as a tea, you’re adding another layer to cancer prevention. Oh, and it tastes great on a chilly autumn day too!
To prepare the apples for tea, simply wash, core, and slice the apples (keep the peels on) and put them on a greased cookie sheet. (I use a wee bit of olive oil, but then I use olive oil for everything. If you want to avoid that olive flavor, you can try something like sunflower.) Place the apples in the oven on low heat with the oven door cracked and turn them occasionally. When they are completely dried, shut the oven door for a little while until the apples are slightly browned. Remove the tray, cool the apples, and store them in a dry, sealed glass jar until you’re ready to use them for tea.
To make the tea, Boil a teapot of water, turn off the heat, and put several dried apple slices in the pot. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink your tea sweetened with honey if you wish, or stir it with a cinnamon stick. Mmmm! I can almost smell the apple tea now.
Warning: The scent of drying apples in your house may draw neighbors and small children.