I've been meaning to do this for a while. I've had the ingredients gathered for about a week. I waited til noon today when after a week of the most marvelously pleasant weather, it looked like this:
I didn't think to visit an oriental import shop, so unfortunately, the tea I bought when I couldn't find any decent loose tea for less than 25 bucks a pound is "cut tea." I knew that would be smaller once I got it out of the teabags, but I didn't think it would be this fine. I did not figure out a way to preserve the fabric of the teabags for re-use. I know this stuff is too fine to bother with a tea ball or one of those tea spoons that clap shut around the tea, but is it too fine to put into the water and let it sink to the bottom? If anybody has a method of making teabags, please share it with me. I am considering buying some of those round coffee filters and using those. They seem thinner than the #2 cone filters that I have around.