Innovative ways to cook with tea
It is a fact that after water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. For many of us, our day can’t start without a cup of tea. As per numerous studies, drinking tea may boost your immune system, fight off inflammation, and even ward off cancer and heart disease. While some beverages provide more health advantages than others, there is enough evidence that regularly drinking tea can have a lasting impact on your wellness. Interestingly, apart from drinking it as a beverage, tea can be used for cooking as well. Shocked? Yes, various mouthwatering dishes can be made with tea. Here is a look at 6 innovative and unexpected ways to cook with tea.
Use tea as an ingredient to make cookies
Tea is a perfect accompaniment to the buttery, sweet taste of shortbread and sugar cookies. Instead of the traditional vanilla, flavour your cookie dough with matcha powder, or looseleaf tea leaves that have been ground into a powder. If you don't have access to looseleaf tea, just rip open a few teabags.
Add it to your smoothie
Brew your favourite flavoured tea, let it cool, freeze it in ice cube trays and then place them in freezer-safe bags. The next time you make a smoothie, use the flavoured tea ice cubes instead of water to add another element of flavour in place of water.
Use it in your pasta
Adding green tea powder to homemade pasta dough gives it a pretty pale green colour and a herbaceous flavour that is ideal in noodle soups. If you are too lazy to make homemade noodles, try going for dried green tea soba noodles that are readily found at many supermarkets.
Make tea butter
Let unsalted butter sit at room temperature until very soft. Mix the butter with tea leaves (either whole or ground). Shape the mixed butter into a log and wrap well in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge to firm back up. You can also keep it soft and slather it on freshly baked bread and biscuits.
Use matcha powder in various dishes
Matcha is a powdered green tea with many health benefits, such as cancer-fighting and immunity-boosting properties. Sprinkle matcha powder over ice cream, salad dressing, or into marinade and smoothie recipes. You can also use it in bread by adding two teaspoons for every cup of flour.
Smoke your meats and foods
Burning tea leaves to smoke foods such as meats, poultry, fish, and veggies is a classic Chinese technique that adds a great smoky flavour. You can use any tea leaves for this, though chai, jasmine, and green tea are always great options.