This is the best way to prepare PA leaf. They tend to have large side veins that take a while to properly hydrate. I was prepping some last night as a matter of fact. I like to cut off about 2" from the base of the stem (the petiole), mist them down pretty good, then store them in a 2 gallon ziploc overnight to hydrate.Using a fine-mist spray bottle, mist each binder leaf with a few spritzes of non-chlorinated water. Then toss them into a large plastic bag. Allow them to relax overnight.
Microwave ovens heat unevenly, even with a rotating plate beneath. The "weird tea" aroma as probably from the hottest spots.microwaving them in 15 second intervals until soft