Drinking a morning cup of tea before work or a nice relaxing chamomile cup of tea before bed may be very common among many; however, cooking with tea?…May not be as common. The addition of natural flavors from the tea plant can provide an exciting cooking experience and more importantly tasting experience. Because of teas subtle taste, it compliments many different cuisines as an additional ingredient in the cooking experience.
Check out a few ways that tea can be used in the cooking experience.
Marinades and Spices
Brewed tea is a great way to help tenderize and marinate your meats before tossing it on your grill. The amazing natural flavors are able to soak deeply into meats and provide great additional flavors to your meal. You typically would want your meats to marinade in tea for at least a couple of hours for best results. If you have a few extra dried leaves available, try grounding them and using them as an additional ingredient to your spices. Dried tea provides subtle flavors that will not be overwhelming, but still distinguishable.
I you enjoy your sweets and looking for a natural ingredient to use, consider tea. Tea can be used as a natural baking ingredient for many dessert recipes, such as cookies, cakes, and even chocolate mousse. The delicate aromas and flavors can provide so much for many recipes without being overbearing. Tea leaves can either be baked in your favorite desserts or brewed tea can be infused in your desserts to bring out additional flavors. It all depends on your creativity and tasting preferences.
Many brewed teas can be used in place of any cooking ingredient that calls for water to be used. It is all dependent on your tasting preference. Consider soup for example, tea can be added to the broths to enhance the flavors of warm soups and stews. If you enjoy cooking rice or quinoa, try getting creative by adding tea instead of water to cook thoroughly. The most important thing is that you are satisfied with the flavors of tea you are adding.
When it comes to tea, the possibilities are endless. Here at Roots and Crops, we live by the statement that tea is more than a beverage and believe it is most certainly true. Allow tea to spark your creativity and take you places that you haven’t been before.
Final Wrap Up
Try to find other uses for tea and let us know your thoughts in the comment section.
Roots and Crops Team
*Always consult with your doctor before drinking any tea or using tea as an alternative product*