I am trying to cut back on the java. It is rough.
Although I have numerous â€˜quit techniques,â€™ the one thing thatâ€™s been getting me through has been green tea, which does have caffeine in it. I think of green tea as my nicotine patch.
Anyway â€“ Iâ€™ve received numerous requests for a step-by-step tutorial on how to steep green tea. The key, of course, is the tea to water ratio.
Youâ€™ll want to use 1 teaspoon of tea for every 8 ounces of water. We like Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea.
First, bring your water to boil. I use an electric kettle (best invention ever) that is 48 ounces in size, so I use 2 tablespoons of green tea (6 teaspoons = 2 tablespoons).
Once the water boils, you want to remove it from heat and allow it to cool off a bit. I usually give it a minute or two. Scoop the tea into a tea pot, pour the water on top, and cover it with the lid. Please, for the love of all that is holy in tea-land, use a tea pot. I promise it will make your tea taste better. <â€”My British Husband has brainwashed me.
Let the tea stand for 45 seconds. Yup! Thatâ€™s it. Otherwise, it becomes too bitter.
Youâ€™ll need a strainer:
After I make two small cups, I pour the remainder of the water into an iced tea jug and refrigerate it to create iced green tea. I also tend to reuse the leaves to make another 48 ounces of tea to fill the iced tea jug to the top. Iâ€™m guessing this second batch of green tea isnâ€™t as â€˜powerfulâ€™ (antioxidant and whatnot-wise) but it tastes fine, especially iced.
I had my tea with an epic Grilled Banana Sandwich:
Smeared with sunflower butter and topped with almonds.
Well, on that note, Iâ€™m off to slam another ten cups of green tea and get some work done.
Have a great Thursday!