1. Soak the dried Tobacco
First step is to soak the dried tobacco with water to re-hydrate it, make it pliable, and remove a little bit of the nicotine content. The longer you soak, the less flavors it will add to the final product and more nicotine will be taken out. Change the water every 30 minutes or so, until you feel you’ve reached your desired level of washing.
2. Strip out the Stems and Chop the Leaves
If you are using whole leaves then you need to strip out the stems to avoid bitterness, overly high nicotine content and unpleasant flavors. You can do this by hand, but a sharp knife and a cutting board can be really helpful. After the spines are stripped, bunch the tobacco up together, squeeze it into one block and cut it up with your sharp knife. You can make it as course or as fine as you want.