You’re not going to get sexy, sexy urban homesteading photos off of this blog.
That table there in the photo is about the sole space I have for growing things. I live in a shoe box. Buffalo doesn’t like chickens, I don’t have the space for them anyway. The neighbors would run me out if we got a goat.
We’re talking about making a tiered plant stand for next year but there’s a lot of time between now and last year.
So my own and only harvest for the year will be mint, because I have three mint plants that are determined to not let me kill them off-though I’ve certainly tried on more than once. I’m no gardener.
The lime mint was trying to slip the sides of the pot and crawl away, so extract time!
I posted how to make extract last summer, but for a quick run down, mint extracts are beyond simple.
mint leaves, to fill container
a glass container
Pick your leaves, avoiding anything that looks funky. Wash them and either let dry or pat dry with a towel
Place into your jar. I weighted my jar this year (which is what looks weird in the photo). It’s a fermentation trick to make sure everything stays under the surface. Yes, that’s a plastic food grade bag. Yes, the vodka already came out of a food grade plastic container. No, you don’t have to do this step-or you could wrap your weight in cheesecloth. They’re the glass marbles you use in vases.
Add vodka to cover, I aim for more than covering-I aim for at least 1/2 inch more vodka than leaves.
Let sit somewhere for 1-3 months, then strain.
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