Red Clover Recipes

cloverheaderRED CLOVER RECIPES

Red Clover Infusion

I drink tonic infusions cold, only rarely warming or heating them. I try to drink tea whenever I am thirsty rather than plain water.

1. Put ½-1 cup dried red clover into a quart mason jar. {Fresh herbs need to be simmered gently right in the water for a few minutes to break down cell walls. Dried herbs have brittle cell walls}
2. Bring 1 quart water to boiling.
3. Pour water over herbs and fill to top of jar.
4. Cover or put a lid on the jar. {Some herbs have volatile oils that easily evaporate into thin air if not covered}
5. Let steep at least 8 hours or overnight. {Long steeping allows the water time to dissolve and do its work, much increasing the potency of the tea}
6. Strain and drink. {I tend to strain as needed, leaving the herbs in the infusion to continue steeping until the tea is gone}
7. Store in refrigerator.
I don’t usually sweeten tonic infusions, but you could add 1 Tbsp honey while it’s still hot if you prefer to drink yours sweet.

Red Clover Sap Tea

Remember that Maple Sap that you froze in March? It’s time to thaw some out and make some Sap Iced Tea!
8 cups Maple Sap
2 cups fresh Red clover blossoms
¼ cup lemon juice

1. Gently simmer Maple Sap and Red Clover blossoms together for 10-15 minutes.
2. Turn off and let steep for several hours or overnight. {Long-steeping dramatically increases the nutritional content of the tea}.
3. Add lemon juice and chill thoroughly in refrigerator.
4. Drink in a tall glass with ice.

red-clover-351000_640Red Clover Lemonade

Herbal lemonades are a refreshing summer drink, and a wonderful way to sneak some nutritious herbs into the family’s diet.
4 cups fresh Red Clover blossoms
1 gallon water
2 cups honey (1 lb) (you can use sugar, as honey is pretty pricey these days)
1 ½ cups lemon juice

1. Gently simmer Clover blossoms in a covered pot for 10 minutes.
2. Add honey, stirring until it dissolves.
3. Cover and let steep and cool for several hours or overnight. (This makes a strong, potent tea, maximizing the calcium and other nutrients in the Clover.)
4. Add lemon juice and chill in the fridge.
Red Clover Raspberry Juice

Another way to sneak nourishing herbal infusions into your children’s diet is to use tea instead of water when you make frozen juice concentrates.
6 cups Red Clover infusion
1 can frozen Raspberry juice concentrate

1. Make Red Clover infusion, steeping overnight for maximum nutritional value.
2. Add 1 can frozen juice concentrate to the tea.
3. Chill in refrigerator for several hours or serve in a tall glass with lots of ice.
Note: This recipe takes about 24 hours of long-steeping and chilling to make, so do plan ahead. You can use any flavor of juice concentrate to mix with tonic infusions, so feel free to improvise!

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