Monday, 31 October 2011

Tea Water

I’ve been brewing tea - black tea, green tea, oolong tea, we still have no white tea on hand but we’re getting one soon- for our tea water.   I’m not sure if this term – tea water- I coined is acceptable among foodies but I’m using it anyway.

We use tea water as  base for most of our drinks.  First and most important reason, is because, drinking tea is healthy.  Teas, Camellia sinensis plant, are very rich sources of anti-oxidant.  I’m going to be expounding on this topic in another blog post  coming soon.  Secondly, I want my husband to drink tea due to its health benefits. However, Frederick doesn't like the taste of most teas specially oolong tea, black tea, and some brands of green teas.  he only wants Ceylon tea.  So I have to be ingenious and find ways to mask the taste of the tea without destroying it’s health benefits :-) and have him ingest it.

Most of the time, I add powdered juices on the tea water, "nestea iced tea for one" :-).  Sometimes, I add tea water instead of just plain water to fruit smoothies or fruit-milk shakes I make.  It's more nutritious that way and my husband never complains :-)

Our tea water is prepared before hand so we can just use it anytime. I usually just brew tea and just place it inside the ref for future use. Here’s how we prepare our tea water:

Ingredients :

Water –  1.5 L

Tea (black tea, oolong tea, or green tea) – 4 tea bags or 10 grams of loose leaves

Preparation:

     Black tea, loose leaves

1. Bring the water to a boil

2. Add the black tea leaves and let boil for a few minutes

The water has to be hot enough to allow the full development of the active substances in black tea and for a fuller flavor



     Oolong tea, loose leaves

1. Bring the water to a boil and remove from fire

2. Add the oolong tea leaves and let steep for 15 minutes

     Green tea, loose leaves

1. Bring the water to a boil, remove from fire and let it cool for a minute

2. Add the oolong tea leaves and let steep for 15 minutes

   

     Teas in tea bags

Make use of hot water but not at boiling point.  Better follow the instructions as directed on the package.

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