How to Make PoppySeed Tea:

1.  Measure the quantity of seed desired using a digital scale.
The measuring guide on the bottle is not precise enough to provide a consistent dose, especially when using smaller amounts of our stronger seed. A digital scale will also help you ramp up or ramp down your quantity at a very precise rate. It will also help you determine how long until your seed runs out.

2.  Use a funnel to put your seed in the wash bottle.
Although you can pour your seed directly into the bottle with our spout bags, it may be easier to measure the seed in a cup and then pour it into the bottle with a funnel. This will also reduce the chances of pouring too much in a bottle that may still be wet from a previous use.

3.  Add Water.

Warm water is ideal for washing the seeds. Hot or boiling water it is not ideal because it can damage the material and also the plastic bottle. Some users prefer cold water because it doesn't absorb into the seeds as fast and can also reduce the amount of seed oil in the tea, but It doesn't seem to wash as well.

Add enough water so the seeds are submerged. The water level should be about 20% above the seed level. The water guide on the bottle is appropriate for larger amounts of seed, but shows too much water for smaller amounts of seed. Too much water will prevent the seeds from scrubbing against each other as you shake the bottle and your tea wont be as strong. Too little water and the seeds wont get washed off. 

4.  Put the cap back on.
Make sure the cap is on tight with the white push/pull valve closed in. Also make sure there are no seeds in the threads of the cap, or it may not seal properly and leak as you shake.

5.  Shake for 10 - 30 seconds.
Shake the bottle vigorously to wash the seeds. Do not let the seeds soak, or it will release the undesirable seed oil into your tea.

6.  Squeeze the Tea out into a cup.
Pull the white valve out, turn upside down and squeeze the tea into a cup. The cap will strain the seeds. After the liquid is out, tap the bottle upright against a firm surface to knock the seeds out of the cap so screws back on properly.

7.  Wash the same seeds several times.
Repeat steps 3 - 6. The first wash is the most concentrated, but several rinses will help you get the most out of your seed. You can rinse your seed about 3 times, maybe up to 4 or 5 times with our stronger seed. Keep in mind the quality goes down with each rinse as the seed breaks down and releases more and more undesirable oil in the tea. Do all your washes within a short 10-20 minute time frame so the seeds don't have time to absorb the water and go bad.

8.  Dispose the wet seeds and rinse your bottle.
After you wash your seeds, tap them out into the garbage and rinse out your bottle for future use. The bottles are disposable and can only be used so many times.

Note: If you do not have a PoppySeedWash bottle, you can still make the tea using a water or soda bottle with a larger cap. Just loosen the cap slightly so the liquid strains as you squeeze the bottle.

9.  Enjoy your tea!