How to Strain Tinctures

How to Strain Tinctures: 2 Easy Ways

So you’ve made an herbal tincture, or extract. Your flowers, leaves, roots, or other herbs have been macerating in a jar for several weeks, infusing the alcohol with their medicine. Now it’s time to strain those botanicals so you can start using your herbal remedy. What’s the best method? We have two simple ways to show you how to strain tinctures.

Method 1: Strain Tinctures through Cheesecloth

How to Strain Tinctures

Cheesecloth is an easy and inexpensive way to strain tinctures. We suggest draping a couple layers of cheesecloth over a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl – the strainer provides an extra filter for fine particles. However, you can also drape the cheesecloth directly over a bowl or funnel, if you wish.

How to Strain Tinctures

Pour the contents of the jar into the cheesecloth. Using clean hands, gather up the corners of the cheesecloth and SQUEEZE! Squeeze as much liquid from herbs as possible. Bottle up your finished tincture and compost the spent herbs.

While the cheesecloth method works well, it can require quite a bit of hand power to wring out every last drop. This next method helps you squeeze more efficiently…

Method 2: Strain Tinctures with a Potato Ricer

How to Strain Tinctures

A stainless steel potato ricer makes a great hand-held tincture press. This tool looks like a giant garlic press and is typically used to puree potatoes or other vegetables. To use it as a tincture press, simply empty the contents of the jar into the basket of the ricer.

How to Strain Tinctures

Push the top of the ricer down into the basket. Squeeze the handles of the ricer and press to extract all the liquid. (Depending on the size of the herbs and the size of the holes in the ricer, you may wish to catch herb particles by lining the inside of the ricer with cheesecloth or passing the liquid through a second filter.)

How do you like to strain tinctures? Share your go-to method in the comments below. 

Which herbs & remedies should you always stock in your kitchen?

  1. I keep cheap knee high stockings on hand to strain the pulp out. They are cheaper than Cheesecloth and fine enough to filter out all of the pulp. I especially like to use hose when I make blackberry jelly because it filters out all of the small seeds. I can dispose of the hose when cleaning up because they are so cheap and easy to get.

  2. I use cheap basket-style coffee filters to line my fine sieve.

  3. I prefer the cheesecloth/strainer method. The potato ricer sounds interesting. Must look out for one.

  4. I use a french press. Works great!

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