So... here is a little thing I put together entitled "How to make an herbal syrup (the folk method)"
So step one. Gather herbs and wash them. I gathered some lemon grass, oregano and basil. Yum.
Chop them up really well. You want as much of the juices flowing as you can get.
Put them in a jar with a lid. A glass jar is best. Add enough water to just cover your herbs. Measure the water first so you know how much you put in.
I let this soak for a bit. Only about 30 minutes. Then you add sugar. Double the amount of water.
Shake this up reallllllllly good. This might take a bit depending on how much sugar you have in there. The sugar needs to dissolve completely. If you did the measurements correctly this will happen in time. You just gotta be diligent. This part usually takes a few hours because I like to let it stew a bit. And shake a lot. Stew and shake, that is what you gotta do.
When it is completely mixed, we gotta strain all the herbs out. It is best to do this the folk way as well. Get some cheesecloth, muslin or unbleached organic cotton (this is what I use - scraps from the womens sewing coop) I put a scrap on top of another jar and pour the herbal mixture into it. Let it all drain and then squeeze the rest out. The stuff left in the cotton is called the marc, or, really tasty sugared herbs. Yum, once again.
After it has all strained out, you have herbal syrup! I usually let this set over night and strain at least two more times. This way I can be sure all the plant bits that will ferment are out.
Once you are sure it is good to go, package it up! Amber glass jars are the best. They keep the light out and temperature good.
Tada! And of course, here is a picture of me and my work station.
And my full line up of products as of this morning.