Tea Is Not Just For Drinking
We are all familiar with so many benefits that tea poses, and now we are discovering some new ways to change the pattern and invent something new – cooking with it.
We all think that tea is Gods blessing given to us for healing purposes. Indeed it is, but our exploring spirit has risen to a whole new level, inventing many other things to do with tea beyond drinking it.
We can make so many fabulous meals and drinks using tea, and I’m pretty sure you are wondering what other things you can do with tea besides drinking it.
Well, here they are.
Use Tea For Cooking Pasta
Instead of using plain water, change the pattern and the way you cook pasta, rise, oatmeal or other cooking grains. You can choose which type of tea you can use that will perfectly match your dish.
You can use cranberry, peach, mint or lemon tea to add a whole new dimension of flavors to your meal. Boiling rice with lemon tea is perfect match and it is something worth to try. Or, do oatmeal with peach tea- you will be amazed!
It is always good to experiment a little bit and to break traditional ways of cooking meals. The more you experiment, better master you’ll become in it
Improve Your Smoothies
Do you know how to spice up your smoothie with flavors? Try ice cubes made from tea. You can use strawberry, peach, mint, lemon, raspberry or other sensual flavored tea for the occasion.
And the next time you’ll want to cool off with smoothie – try these flavored ice cubes. Choose the taste you prefer and shake up things a little bit.
Make new sensual flavors to enjoy and take your smoothie to another dimension!
Use Matcha Powder In Cooking
As you probably know, Matcha tea is a powdered green tea, packed with so many health benefits for which you can read in our another post dedicated to the subject.
How you can use it? You can spread some more health over an ice cream. Sprinkle it with Matcha tea powder, or use it in salads or marinade for specific recipes.
You can even prepare a bread made with Matcha tea powder and use its healing properties in your everyday menu.
Use The Leaves In A Soup
When you prepare your regular veggie stock, feel free to ad some green tea leaves at the end, just to flavor it up. You can put them wrapped in a thin cloth and simply dump them in.
Taste the veggie stock just in case, not to overpower it with so much green tea flavor. Use it for a couple of minutes and then pull the cloth out.
You can also do this with basil and fresh mint leaves if your dish is up for other flavors to blend.
Do You Smoke Your Food?
You can do some smoking of the food you prepare in so many gastro-culinary ways, and you can use tea leaves for the matter.
Burning tea leaves to smoke foods such as meat, fish, poultry and veggies, is a classic Chinese technique that adds great smoky flavor to the dish. Using jasmine and green tea is the best for this.
How to do this?
- Line a wok or deep pan with a few long layers of aluminium foil, as you will need the extra to cover the food and seal the smoke in.
- Combine equal parts tea leaves and uncooked rice (try jasmine rice) and make a pile in the base of the wok
- Drizzle a little water over the mixture because you want it to smoke your food and not to burn it
- Throw some citrus rinds inside, few cinnamon sticks, some nutmeg and star anise to add some flavor
- Keep it going over medium heat for about five minutes or until it just starts to smoke
- Then place a wire rack in the pan on top of the tea mixture
- Be sure it is about one-and-a-half inches above the tea so the smoke can circulate, cover with excess foil or a lid, and cook about 10 minutes for poultry and about 5 minutes for meat, fish and veggies.
- Remove it from the heat and let it continue to cook until its done
Use Tea For Some Marinated Food
You can make marinade as follows:
Make tea from your favorite flavor and use as the liquid for a marinade. Put some quality oil and aromatics like herbs which are usually used for marinades, few spices, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, some chilies and onion, some salt and any other flavor-boosting ingredients you like.
And, you got yourself a simple and delicious marinade in which you can add meat, poultry, pork, veggies, tofu or fish, depending what you are about to cook.
As you can see, these are just few clever ways to use tea in your cooking and if you want to become the master of it-you can explore much further.
Good luck with your food quest!
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