HOW TO MAKE POPPY POD TEA – THE OVERVIEW
I looked all over the internet several years ago for an in depth post that detailed how to make poppy pod tea. Many of the “instructions” that I found were individual stories that had been haphazardly posted to blogs that included unfinished and untrue advice. I recently completed a similar search. Unfortunately, I discovered that the situation remained largely the same. Most of the guides were the exact same and hadn’t been changed or updated in any manner. As a result, I decided to complete a thorough guide instructing people how to make poppy pod tea. Making poppy pod tea in the correct manner is not particularly hard. Most people just need an accurate step-by-step guide. This is my best set of instructions explaining how to make poppy pod tea. I will be including a video in the future as well.
HOW TO MAKE POPPY POD TEA – THE STEPS
PART I: PREPARATION
The first few steps help prepare for actually making the poppy pod tea. These steps include making sure that all of the ingredients are purchased correctly and you are ready to start your first accurate batch of poppy pod tea.
STEP 1. PURCHASE POPPY PODS:
The first step in making poppy pod tea is to purchase the poppy pods. One large pod is plenty for your first batch. Individuals could consider buying a bulk amount of pods to help lower the price. This is especially true if you are thinking about sharing with others. It is extremely difficult to find poppy pods. They used to be found locally and were fairly cheap. They also were sold on Ebay. Since that time, it has become increasingly difficult to find them, and your best option is to find someone selling them online. They are sometimes sold as decorations.
If you attempt to purchase the pods locally, you can look at local plant nurseries. Many of these small operations have halted the sale of poppy pods because they have lost money from people stealing the product. There is another potential problem. Local nurseries may carry poppy pods, but they aren’t in stock. The nurseries have most likely been scoured for pods by other members in your community, so you’re chances of finding them locally are slim. Nurseries also may sell poppy pods that are not the correct species, and you waste your time and money. Some individuals search for days and end up striking out anyway, which is why many people recommend purchasing the pods online.
STEP 2. THE NECESSITIES
The second step in this process is to ensure that you have the items, time, and room available to make poppy pod tea. The perfect place to make poppy pod tea is a regular kitchen. Individuals need to schedule an hour that they can have access to a kitchen with minimal distractions.
The tools used to make poppy pod tea (other than the pods themselves) are relatively cheap and simple to find.
1) Strainer – For individuals following my suggestion of using a Gatorade bottle, this strainer is not necessary. Other types of containers may require some sort of strainer to help separate small pod pieces from the tea at the end of the process. You could also utilize a cheese cloth for this process, but it is the best method.
2) Mortar Bowl – The mortar bowl is used to crush down the pod(s). You may use other methods of crushing the pods as well, but a medium sized mortar bowl is perfect for this task.
3) Drinking Cup – The drinking cup is used for two purposes. It is used to hold the poppy pod tea and also can be used to drink out of. The cup can be any medium or standard size. I like to use a fairly large cup so it holds more liquid.
4) Funnel – You will need a funnel to pour the crushed up pod into the plastic container. You can use a plastic or paper funnel.
STEP 3. PURCHASE REMAINING INGREDIENTS:
The rest of the items can all be procured at a standard grocery store. The remaining items needed for this process are:
1) Standard One Quart (32 ounce) Gatorade Bottle – I suggest using an empty plastic Gatorade container to make poppy pod tea for a few reasons. It is cheap and easy to find at grocery stores. It also can be used to help strain the small pieces away from the tea as you pour it into the cup. It helps limit the amount of tools/items necessary to make poppy pod tea. The simpler the method, the easier it is to complete it correctly.
2) Lemon Juice – A little bottle of lemon juice is the perfect amount for making poppy pod tea. It is easier to purchase the bottle of prepared lemon juice than it is to buy real lemons and squeeze the juice out yourself, but either method is fine. The small bottles of lemon juice are very inexpensive, but if you end up using the method of squeezing physical lemons, one lemon is plenty for a normal batch of poppy pod tea.
3) Refrigerated Water – You will need a half gallon of cool water to prepare the poppy pod tea. I suggest putting the water in the fridge a couple of hours before you plan on starting the tea. This allows it time to cool off and maintain the proper temperature.
4) Flavoring (Optional) – You can also procure a flavoring agent which can be used to make the tea taste better. Any type of poppy tea is known to taste bitter, and some people have difficulty consuming it. You can add some sort of juice or honey to help with the flavor. It is completely optional and your choice.
PART II: MAKE A SMALL TEST BATCH
The following steps will assist in creating a test batch of poppy pod tea. A sample test batch is necessary to help familiarize new tea makers with the process and instructions. It also can help you ensure that the tea actually works and is the proper strength.
STEP 4. POUR POD INTO CONTAINER:
Start by crushing the poppy pod(s) with the mortar bowl (or other method) and pouring the contents into your plastic container. You can use a plastic funnel or make a paper funnel to reduce the amount that you spill. Pour the pod pieces slowly and be careful not to spill.
STEP 5. POUR IN WATER:
Add one cup of cool water (refrigerator temp) into the plastic container. Cool water helps the tea not to ferment. This is very important when you make larger quantities and use more pods. Most people assume you have to use hot water. This is most likely because they associate hot water with tea.
STEP 6. POUR IN LEMON JUICE:
The next step is to pour one teaspoon of lemon juice into the container. The acidic juice helps agitate the alkaloids and separate them from the pods. This allows it to be transferred into the water to make the tea. This is the beginning of the infusion process.
STEP 7. SHAKE THE BOTTLE:
Tighten the lid on your plastic container and shake it for 5 minutes. You don’t have to shake it hard the entire time, it can be intermittent. This helps finish the infusion process by separating the active ingredients from the poppy pods and transfer them to the water and lemon juice mixture.
STEP 8. CHECK THE MIXTURE
The resulting mixture is sometimes called a poppy pod slurry. Put the plastic container on a table and let it sit. Wait for the particles to fall to the bottom of the container, then check the color of the liquid. The liquid should be light brown or dark yellow. Usually the darker the tea, the stronger the drink will be. If the liquid is clear, it most likely will not be very strong.
STEP 9. STRAIN THE MIXTURE:
If you ended up selecting the Gatorade bottle, you can very slowly unscrew the lid a 1/4 turn. Then you will need to flip the container and rest the top in your drinking cup or glass. Squeeze the container until all of the liquid is in the drinking cup. Do not unscrew the cap too much, be very careful or it may result in a huge mess.
If you are using an alternate bottle or container, a strainer can be used to separate the sediment from the liquid tea.
STEP 10. SLOWLY CONSUME:
The tea is now finished. Now it is ready to consume. Once you start slowly drinking the tea, make sure to take the time to feel the effects of the tea before you make more. I usually wait 45 minutes. At this point you should be able to choose whether or not to make or consume more. If you end up wanting to make more poppy tea, you can begin at Step #4. You can add more pods to the mixture this time, but make sure to increase the water accordingly. Congrats on learning how to make poppy pod tea.
PART III: BE CAREFUL
I hope you enjoyed this guide on how to make poppy pod tea. All opiates as well as poppy seed tea can cause addiction if not used sparingly and carefully. Poppy pod tea can be especially dangerous because of the differing strength of the pods themselves. I implore you to use extreme caution poppy pod tea.
VIDEO- HOW TO MAKE POPPY POD TEA COMING SOON!
For further reading, check out What is Poppy Pod Tea?
You can check out the benefits of herbal teas.
You can also learn how to make poppy seed tea. It is easier to find poppy seeds than it is to find poppy pods usually.