With Spring officially here, it’s a great time to phase out your winter teas to get ready for your spring seasonal teas. Here are some tips to get through your tea inventory.
Have friends over for a tea clearing
Have friends and family over for tea. This may be an afternoon tea party or it could just simply be a cuppa and conversation. Keep the tea flowing!
Serve your winter teas iced:
Warming, spicy teas traditionally thought of as winter teas may be served iced. Iced teas with clove, cinnamon, and ginger pair pleasantly well with heavier meals. Try your winter teas iced, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Need help brewing iced tea, check out this guide.
Cooking with tea:
Tea is a culinary ingredient. While traditionally thought of as an infused beverage, it has its uses in cooking. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Please keep in mind that caffeinated teas will indeed caffeinate your food, perhaps not as concentrated as full on cup of tea, but enough to exercise caution when eating tea infused foods later in the day.
- Use in soup stocks: A good smoky tea like lapsang souchong is a popular addition to soup stocks, but any robust black or green tea can compliment a soup. To add to soup, brew your tea according to instructions, but double up on tea leaves. Set aside some soup and add a little bit of the concentrated tea infusion. Test taste.
- Add tea to poaching liquid: Add brewed tea concentrate to poaching liquid to impart a subtle flavor.
- Rice & Tea: Infuse fragrant notes and flavors of tea in your next batch of rice. Substitute some of the water for a concentrated tea infusion before cooking. Try a small test batch of rice first to get your infused tea ratio to your liking.
Looking for inspiration? You can view our tea recipe collection for ideas. http://www.divinitea.com/category/tea-recipes/
Some winter teas make for unique and exciting popsicles. Check out this guide to making popsicles using tea: http://www.divinitea.com/iced-tea-and-fruit-popsicle-recipe/