Clementine Tea Mummy — Boredom Engineering

There’s a long history of using mandarin orange peels to hold small amounts of tea — often stacked like tiny treasure chests in caves so the tea can ferment in the rinds and take up hints of the orange flavor.

I don’t leave mine to ferment for years — but a few days makes a damn fine cup of tea!

1. use a small knife to cut through the skin carefully around the equator of the clementine.   2.  remove half the peel carefully to keep it whole -- but if it tears, don't worry -- you still have another half!

1. use a small knife to cut through the skin carefully around the equator of the clementine.
2. remove half the peel carefully to keep it whole — but if it tears, don’t worry — you still have another half!

3. once you have one half the rind making a little cup...

3. once you have one half the rind making a little cup…

4.  ...and tear the other half into a smaller circular shape (to be the lid for your little orange peel jar)

4. …and tear the other half into a smaller circular shape (to be the lid for your little orange peel jar)

5.  measure out about a teaspoon of your favorite tea -- pick a flavor that is compatible with orange essence, or use an unblended assam.

5. measure out about a teaspoon of your favorite tea — pick a flavor that is compatible with orange essence, or use an unblended assam.

(The tea I am using is Tea Forte's "Rum Raisin Biscotti" -- strong almond/amaretto flavor supplemented with rum-soaked raisins!

(The tea I am using is Tea Forte’s “Rum Raisin Biscotti” — strong almond/amaretto flavor supplemented with rum-soaked raisins!  It’s a seasonal tea and may not be available except at holiday time….

6.  Place your tea in the larger bowl of the rind --

6. Place your tea in the larger bowl of the rind —

7.  Then cover it with the smaller lid

7. Then cover it with the smaller lid

8.  Place the covered tiny bowl of tea in the bottom of a mesh tea strainer

8. Place the covered tiny bowl of tea in the bottom of a mesh tea strainer

9.  After your tea/bowl has dried out (about 4-5 days) remove the lid and use the strainer -- including the orange rind -- in your favorite cup to brew an excellent cup of mandarin tea!

9. After your tea/bowl has dried out (about 4-5 days) remove the lid and use the strainer — including the orange rind — in your favorite cup to brew an excellent cup of mandarin tea!

NOTE:  If you have a deep strainer, you can use the same strainer to dry 2 bowls of tea at once -- just be careful removing the top bowl!!!

NOTE: If you have a deep strainer, you can use the same strainer to dry 2 bowls of tea at once — just be careful removing the top bowl!!!

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