It is important to cure a gourd made from calabash or wood. Gourds with a wooden make cure very differently than calabash gourds. For this reason, I will tell you how to cure your calabash gourd (the gourds sold on this website).
In order to cure your gourd, fill the gourd 1/2 - a bit below full with Mountain Soul Mate's organic loose leaf. Once you have added the Yerba Mate, fill the gourd to full with boiling water. Let the gourd sit until the water has soaked in. Then, add more water. Letting your gourd sit for 22-35 hours is sufficient but you can continue to repeat the process. Once you are satisfied with your curing process, rinse out the gourd with water and scrape out the excess Yerba mate with a spoon. Your gourd is now ready to drink from! Enjoy!
Alternatively, you can cure in about 20 minutes. You can do this by placing boiling water in it till it is full. Wait 20 minutes. After the water has loosened tissues on the wall, empty out the gourd and scrape gently the inner walls. Rinse the gourd under hot water. It is important to always remember to dry your gourd.
Remember, the first and longer method helps to enhance flavour in your gourd, whereas the second is faster. If you are eager to enjoy your drink, the first method will do.
Like most of the processes of drinking Yerba, its personal preference.
Caring for Your Gourds
Can I wash my Gourd with Soap? Do NOT use soap while washing your gourd.
How do I clean my Gourd? We recommend cleaning your gourd everyday. In order to clean your gourd, use your finger, or a spoon, and scrape the inside of your gourd out into a sink or the garbage. Run hot water on and into your gourd while still scraping the inside with a finger. DO NOT USE SOAP ON YOUR GOURD
What can go in my Gourd? Although we recommend drinking only Yerba Mate out of your gourd the most important thing is to not drink anything that may go bad if not cleaned with soap. Since Mate gourds cannot be washed with soap, drinks like milk or hot chocolate, may turn your gourd sour or moldy.
What do I do if mold gets in my gourd? coming soon.
Drying your Gourds
It is important to keep your dry gourd. We suggest emptying your gourd every night, rinsing it and drying it overnight. Be sure to empty out, rinse and dry your gourd at least every few days. To dry your gourd, use paper towel on the inside, dabbing within if possible. If this is not possible, place your gourd upside down on thick mat of paper towel to let sit and dry overnight. Dap or wipe your gourd with a paper towel (if dyed) or a cloth (if not dyed) to dry the outside.
Caring for Gourds that are Dyed *Caution: Gourds that are dyed can often bleed their colour if wet. If you gourd is anything but a beige yellow, it is has been dyed. Heres what you need to know about caring for your dyed gourds:
Drying Dyed Gourds When rinsing your gourd out, be sure to wipe it down with paper towel, rather than a cloth. If you notice dye coming off on the paper towel, gently dab your gourd instead of wiping it. Remember to always set your gourd down on a safe surface when the gourd is wet, or even full of hot water. This generally applies to gourds that have no base/no legs.
What is a safe surface? A safe surface is anywhere in your home, at work, or on the go, that would not be affected by leaking dye. We recommend the use of a coaster with gourds that have no legs.