Put wet mate leaves at room temperature in the gourd for 24 hours (it can be used mate leaves). Afterwards, empty the gourd and scrape its interior with a spoon to remove the peel.
Do this again the following day with warm water, and the third day with hot unboiled water, we suggest between 70 and 80°C at the most.
Each day, scrape the gourd with a spoon until there is nothing left to remove.
If you like, once you have removed all the peel, you can pour whisky or brandy into the gourd, soak it well and light a flame to smoke it. You must do this carefully in order not to burn the gourd. This process will give the infusion a very special flavor.
The mate must not be washed. After using it, dry it with a paper napkin and leave another one inside, so it can absorb any remaining moisture.
We suggest not filling the mate to the brim, that is to say, making sure that the water does not reach the point where the gourd and the metal ferrule join.