Then I set a big pot of water to boil and when it was boiling, I used the tongs to jam the nettles in. I removed it from the heat, put the lid on and left it to steep for several hours.
After that time, I poured it through a strainer and into a half gallon mason jar. There was enough left over for a tall glass of fresh nettle tea. Here are the pics...
Here they are--the dirty little darlings--waiting for their first washing.
the second washing-- I poured the dirty water into watering cans
Here's the greenish-gold final product...and my own glass was delish.
Nettle tea is a wonderful spring tonic. And summer tonic. And autumn tonic. I also make a cream of nettle soup and that will happen sometime this week, I think. You can add some honey to the warm tea, if you like, but I prefer it unsweetened.