How To Cook Chinese Herbs (video)
Cook your Chinese herbs at home! It’s easy… just watch our spiffy 2-minute instructional video.
You can also view our step by step instructions below or download our chinese herb cooking instructions
How To Cook Chinese Herbs
Be sure to always cook chinese herbs in a clay, glass, enamel or stainless steel pot. Do not use other metal pots as they destroy the quality of the herbs. Each bag contains 2 days’ worth of herbs. Always drink the decoction (the tea) warm or at room temperature.
- Place the contents of one bag of loose herbs into the cooking pot*. You will cook these herbs TWICE.
- Hold herbs down with your hand (so they don’t float) and add enough water to cover approx. 1/z inch above herbs. (or eyeball the level of dried herbs and fill to 1/2 inch higher than that)
- Put the lid on the pot and let herbs soak for at least 30 minutes. This is an important step.
- With the lid on, bring the soaked herbs to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for approx. 35 minutes. (Keep an eye on it towards the end – you want to have approx. 2 cups of liquid left to drink.)
- After cooking, strain the liquid out (use a strainer, cheesecloth or sieve) and store temporarily in another stainless steel pot (you will add to this first batch of liquid). Save the herbs for the nd cook.
- Put the herbs back in the pot and cook them again. This time, add only enough water to cover the herbs (not above them). Bring to a boil and repeat cooking procedure but only simmer for 20 minutes this time.
- Strain out the herbs and combine these 2 cups to your first 2 cups of tea.
- Mason jars (8oz. each) work great for storing your tea in individual serving sizes. Pour one cup (8 oz.) into each Mason jar. Seal your Mason jars while they are still hot and store them in the refrigerator.
You now have enough tea for 2 days (approx. 4 cups). Drink 1 cup of this tea early in the day and 1 cup later in the day. Store any unused portion in the refrigerator. Use stovetop to reheat each serving if desired (do not use microwave). When you finish this tea, it will be time to cook the next bag of herbs.
Remember, these chinese herbs were prepared especially for you and they are a powerful medicine. Do not add honey, sugar or anything else to the herbs, no matter how bad they may taste. These herbs are intended to help you, so please drink all the tea or you may not experience the intended therapeutic effect!