Amish/Mennonite " Meadow" Tea for Freezing

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

My Mennonite grandmother's recipe for 'meadow' tea - keeps well ALL winter long! YUMMY! Enjoy!


  1. Boil 4 quarts of water.
  2. Add 1 quart (packed tight) tea stems and leaves.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Turn off the heat, and steep for 1/2- 1 hour, pressing tea down in water periodically.
  5. Remove leaves and stems.
  6. Strain through cheesecloth (or tightly-knit dish towel).
  7. Add 4-6 cups sugar.
  8. Stir until dissolved.
  9. Place in freezer boxes, cool completely and freeze.
  10. To prepare: Mix 1 concentrate plus 2-3 concentrate boxes full of water and serve!
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One of the joys of summer is this delicious tea! I'd never had it before I married into a family with Amish/Mennonite roots. The first sip was like diving into a cool pool on a hot day, so refreshing! I'd been having trouble finding this recipe online, I was searching for what we call it here in Northern Indiana - Garden Tea. Thanks for sharing this, I have two grocery bags full of tea to do something with, and this is perfect!

The Frugal Cheflady June 04, 2010

This Is a great recipe I live In Lancaster County with the amish and this Is and old recipe used for many years...I fyou get the chance Its worth a try If you like meadow tea!

MZ Piggy May 19, 2009

WOw THis is a favorite of my moms she makes it for me and all the grand and great grand kids, now I can and freeze the concentrate thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

pa dutch July 07, 2006