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Smoke Mix Tips
Since I wrote and published the book, Smoke Plants of North America, several people have shared with me information about smoking plants. My friend, E.J., who lives in Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, gave me this tip about preparing Mullein.
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How to Prepare Mullein for Smoking
Dried Mullein is not nearly as good a smoke as moist Mullein. Moist Mullein has a light, fresh flavor and is soothing to smoke, while dried Mullein is pretty tasteless and can even feel harsh. Here's one way to prepare Mullein and keep it moist.
1. Pick two or three nice, big Mullein leaves and let them dry for a day or two (in dry climates -- humid climates will require drying longer) until they are limp. I usually bundle together the ends and hang them upside down.
2. Cut the Mullein leaves into pieces like confetti.
3. Mix the Mullein with dry smoke mix ingredients. The Mullein will help keep the whole mix a little moist, and the dry plants help keep the Mullein from molding. The whole mix is infused with the lovely, fresh energy of Mullein.
4. If the mix is too moist to smoke and doesn't light, spread the mix out on a plate or tray for a day or two to dry a little more.
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