Set Tea Free: Cooking with Tea

During these cold months, the idea of settling down with a warm mug of tea is becoming more appealing. But there are other options for incorporating tea into your life. Set tea free outside of the mug, and see how cooking...

During these cold months, the idea of settling down with a warm mug of tea is becoming more appealing. But there are other options for incorporating tea into your life. Set tea free outside of the mug, and see how cooking with tea can enhance dishes both sweet and savory.

Matcha is a premium powdered green tea rich in nutrients. Where brewing green tea only infuses the water with minimal taste, eating matcha means eating the powdered leaf, resulting in much more flavor and nutrients being consumed. It has a distinct taste, starting out earthy and finishing sweet and delicate. Matcha is mostly known for its use in Japanese tea ceremonies, but it can be incorporated into a variety of foods!

Matcha Cookies
Matcha Cookies

The unique flavor of matcha complements many sweet recipes, and the striking green color makes any dessert stand out. Matcha powdered tea is a popular ice cream flavor in Asia, and is gaining popularity in the western world. It can also be added to cakes, cookies, and all manner of baked goods. You can add matcha to any of your favorite recipes. Just add a tea or table spoon on matcha based on flavour and preferences.

Matcha Cake Roll
Matcha Cake Roll

Dessert aside, matcha can also be used in savory dishes. It can punch up the flavor of a soup or sauce, or be used in a breading for fish. Use it to flavor rice in a pilaf, or to make traditional Japanese ochazuke. When matcha is mixed with coarse salt, it creates a gourmet seasoning that pairs deliciously with eggs.

Black tea is also useful in cooking. Tea eggs are pleasing to view and eat. By cracking hard-boiled eggs and letting them simmer in a mix of strong tea, soy sauce, and spices, delicate designs are made on the solid egg whites. Loose leaf tea can also be ground up and added to foods like a spice. A dash of black tea in a loaf pumpkin or zucchini bread can add a flavorful twist to an autumn classic.

Tea Eggs
Tea Eggs

Their endless flavor profiles provide countless opportunities to incorporate teas into cooking. From sweet to savory, almost any meal can be boosted by tea.

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