Have a Tea-Infused Holiday!

With the holiday season upon us, many of you are contemplating the perfect dinner menu for your family get-together. Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce will inevitably be served, but maybe you’re looking for something slightly different. You don’t have to forego your family’s favorite holiday foods to add some variety to your dinner table. Try infusing tea into your dishes.

Tea can add a unique flavor to any dish. Tea flavors range from nutty and spicy to flowery and fruity depending on the variety. Imagine your pumpkin pie recipe transformed into an unexpected treat with the addition of chai tea.  Or how about adding a distinctively light, citrusy flavor to your turkey using a perfectly balanced earl grey brine?

All cooks know that fat is the foundation for remarkable flavor for any dish. When cooking with tea, infuse the tea leaves into the butter, oil, or cream you’ll be using then strain out the leaves to avoid biting into bitter tea leaves. It is also critical to only use whole leaf, premium tea to maximize the flavor and ensure the highest quality.

Experiment with different flavor combinations. Enhance the nuttiness of your pecan pie with Teatulia Black Tea. Infuse Teatulia Peppermint Herbal Infusion into your hot chocolate. Steep Earl Grey Tea into your chicken broth to baste your stuffing.  When infused correctly, a traditional meal can take on a whole new life.

Enjoy the following recipes, and come up with your own new holiday traditions. Don’t forget to relax with a soothing cup of tea afterwards!

Teatulia Black Tea Infused Butter

Ingredients

2 grams whole leaf, premium Teatulia Black Tea per tablespoon of butter*

Butter, margarine, or oil

Directions

Allow the butter to melt in a small saucepan. Add 2 grams of fresh, premium whole-leaf tea. Heat the mixture slowly over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool for an additional 5 minutes until the butter is tinted by the tea leaves. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve, pressing hard on the tea leaves. Discard the leaves. Use the tea infused butter in your recipe as normal.

*Remember, you can infuse any variety of tea into your butter. Find out what works best for your dish.

Teatulia Peppermint Tea Infused Milk

Ingredients

2 grams whole leaf, premium Teatulia Peppermint Herbal Infusion per ½ cup of milk or cream*

Milk, cream, or half and half

Directions

Heat the liquid and the tea leaves in a small pot and include your tea leaves. Bring the mixture to a simmer and as soon as you see bubbles begin to form, turn off the heat and allow it to sit and cool until it is at room temperature. Use a fine sieve to strain out the tea leaves.

*Feel free to use any tea variety you like. Ginger-spiced milk added to hot chocolate will be sure to warm you up.

Teatulia Earl Grey Tea-Brined Turkey

Ingredients

1 cup kosher salt

1/2 cup light brown sugar

3 tablespoon black peppercorns

Juice from one lemon

20 grams of whole leaf, premium Teatulia Earl Grey Tea*

1 gallon iced water

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot and place over high heat until it simmers, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, remove the tea bags and then refrigerate the brine until chilled.

Add a 14 – 16 pound turkey to the brining mixture. Make sure the bird is completely covered by the liquid. Weight the bird down, cover tightly and refrigerate. After three hours, turn the turkey over, weight it down again, recover and return to refrigerator. After another three hours have passed, remove the turkey from the brine, rinse it with cold water inside and out and get rid of the brining mixture.

Roast the turkey as you normally would.

* Oolong Tea is also a great option for a turkey brine. If you are deep frying the turkey and want a smokier flavor, Lapsang Souchong will work marvelously.

About Teatulia:
Teatulia Organic Teas are sourced directly from their own garden in Northern Bangladesh and other like-minded gardens, with no long-term warehouse storage and no waiting around to be put into the right blend by a third party.  The results are exquisite, clean and smooth teas that support education, business and health initiatives and demonstrate a thorough commitment to sustainability. All sales of Teatulia Organic Teas contribute to helping to better the lives of men, women and children in our community while rebuilding the local ecosystem. For more information about Teatulia Organic Teas, please visit www.teatulia.com.

Sources:

Christensen, Emma. “Personal Twists: How to Make Flavored Milk or Cream.” The Kitchn. N.p., 26 Apr. 2010. Web. 07 Nov. 2013.

DeLuca, Tracy. “A Tasty Twist on Traditional Turkey: Tea Brining.” Yahoo Contributor Network. N.p., 28 Oct. 2008. Web. 07 Nov. 2013.

Wemischner, Robert. “A Bit of Tea Alchemy – T Ching.” T Ching. N.p., 9 Mar. 2010. Web. 07 Nov. 2013.

Tragedy in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh part of the Teatulia family feels deeply affected by the terrible tragedy of Rana Plaza, a garments factory whose recent collapsed led to the deaths of more than 1,000 workers.  Both the nature and the scale of this accident has left us feeling stunned, and with some deep soul-searching about how some businesses are conducted here.  In the immediate aftermath, we have extended our helping hand to the rescuers as best as we could by supporting SAFE, an organization with a great track-record in disaster relief.  We are now working with them to aid the rehabilitation of survivors as well.  Our individual contribution might be small, but the way thousands of Bangladeshis have spontaneously come forward to unite and help, in a society often riven by politics, has been a silver lining in an otherwise very dark cloud of unforgivable, unfathomable human loss.

We have been always very serious about worker safety at Teatulia, but this heart-rending tragedy has, of course, reminded us of its cardinal importance.  We are not only committed to abide by the rules and codes that apply to the industry, but, moreover, to keep trying to take that extra step beyond requirements to make the lives of our workers safer and better as we go forward.  Most of our workers are, of course, in the field, so the collapse of an ill-constructed building is not a concern for us.  The few built facilities we have – factory, storage, office and living-quarters – are all one-storied and built very sturdily.

Our focus is rather on health, hygiene and safety of workers in the field.  Apart from standard but critical programs such as training and provisions for fire safety and safe operation of machines, we also focus on how to be safe in the field: against snakes, insect bites, even dehydration.  We have a residential doctor, regular check-ups and first aid and respondents for instant or small issues.  We assist in securing safe drinking water and safe sanitary systems for our workers, and also on educating them on matters of nutrition and hygiene for themselves and their families.  The fact that we are organic already removes the dangers posed to individuals or workers from any exposure to chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

We are proud to say that in over 12 years of operation we have not experienced a fatality or casualty of any serious nature in case of a single individual that might be considered ‘industrial,’ meaning stemming directly from work conditions.  We are, however, keenly aware that even a perfect record in the past is not inherently a guarantor of future safety, and have renewed our vows to stay vigilant.

Even as we find relief in the relative easier conditions of our workplace, our thoughts are currently very much with our fellow workers who face far more difficult circumstances.  But we also believe that Bangladesh, given its track-record of resilience and renewal, and especially given the signs of unity in the face of crisis seen during the recent rescue efforts, can emerge from this terrible moment of tragedy to build a safer future.

Certified Organic – What Does That Mean?

The term organic is used to describe a complete, ecologically balanced approach to farming.  Organic growers use traditional farming methods to conserve and improve soil conditions, which provide a sustainable agricultural solution.

Organic Does Not Contain Synthetic Chemicals Or Pesticides

Conventional growers manage pests and disease using synthetic pesticides and feed plants with chemical fertilizers. These pesticides and chemicals leave residues that can be ingested when the plant is consumed.  The USDA claims that an organic plant carries significantly fewer pesticide residues than a conventional plant.

Organic Helps Conserve And Protect The Environment

The pesticides and chemicals are transferred into groundwater and can pollute water in nearby streams, rivers and lakes. They can also rid the soil of its nutrients, destroy the soil structure, and leave the ground vulnerable to erosion.

Organic growers feed plants and soil with natural fertilizers—such as manure or compost—and use natural pesticides and beneficial insects to help manage pests and disease.

“Organic production is not simply the avoidance of conventional chemical inputs, nor is it the substitution of natural inputs for synthetic ones. Organic farmers apply techniques first used thousands of years ago, such as crop rotations and the use of composted animal manures and green manure crops, in ways that are economically sustainable in today’s world.” – USDA

Organic Tastes Better

Taste is definitely an individual preference, but an increasing number of consumers believe organic plants have a superior taste and quality.  Because organic food is grown in well-balanced soil, it makes sense that these healthy plants have a great taste.

  • Organic plants that do not contain pesticides tend to build up higher levels of flavor-producing phytochemicals in order to defend themselves against their natural predators.
  • Organic plants are often allowed to blossom and ripen at their own natural pace, instead of being sped to harvest with chemical feed. This allows them time to develop more of their natural sugars and other chemical compounds which contribute to the plant’s final flavor.
  • Organic crops benefit from soil that is higher in nutrients, so plants are better nourished and fed.

USDA-Certified Organic is a Process

The USDA established a rigorous, government-regulated organic certification program that states how foods must be grown and processed to be labeled organic.  A government-approved certifier must inspect the farm where the food is grown to make sure it is following all USDA organic standards. 

The certification process is not only time consuming but the certification standards are extremely demanding, guaranteeing consumers that when they buy something labeled organic they’re buying a product free of toxic chemicals, and supports farming methods that benefit the environment.

Organic and Teatulia’s Mission

Teatulia’s mission is to support the land and the people while producing top-quality tea.  Because we use natural farming practices that don’t harm the environment, we’ve created a diverse and thriving environment that is highly sustainable and provides a bright future for the Bangladeshi men and women who help cultivate our exquisite teas, so it only makes sense that we are a USDA-certified organic tea garden!

Super Bowl Sunday Tea Cocktails

It goes without saying that the Super Bowl is synonymous with parties and consuming copious amounts of game day fare and drinks.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes beer just doesn’t hit the spot.  Occasionally, I want an alcoholic beverage that is fresh, light, and inventive.  That’s why I will be sipping on a tea cocktail this Sunday while watching the big game.  Tea cocktails are all the rage in the world of mixology.  Top restaurants and bars across the nation are fusing tea with alcohol because, simply put, it works.  Tea harmonizes with liquor and muddled fruit and herbs astoundingly well.  Today, I am going to share some amazing tea cocktail recipes with you so you can make some for you and your guests on Super Bowl Sunday.

For all you tequila fans out there, the Tequila Cilantro Cocktail is the drink for you.  This mélange pairs perfectly with nachos. (Recipe below) The infusion has the right amount of kick and is pretty easy to make.  The lemongrass simple syrup balances the bold tequila flavor while highlighting the freshness of the cilantro and lime. This recipe is a culinary touchdown.

The Tequila Cilantro Cocktail

(Submitted by Sarig Agasi)

Muddle 2 Cilantro leaves with a splash of lime juice
Mix, 2 1/2 oz. Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Lemongrass Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass
Float a thin slice of Jalapeno on the top.

For Lemongrass Simple Syrup– steep 2 bags of Teatulia Lemongrass Tea in 16oz of hot water with 6 oz. of sugar.  Cover and allow to cool completely.  Refrigerate after use.  Holds up to a week. http://www.teatulia.com/recipes/the-tequila-cilantro-cocktail.htm

Whether your team takes home the Lombardi Trophy or not, your taste buds will be winning after sipping on the White Punch.  This punch is perfect for your Super Bowl party! The peach liquor naturally brings out the peach notes in Teatulia’s White tea and the Cava adds some bubbly to the mix.  The recipe makes plenty for a smaller gathering which means less work for the hostess.  This is one of my favorites.

White Punch

(Submitted by Anika Zappe from Punch Bowl Social)

8 oz strong Teatulia white tea
6 oz Lemon Juice
4 oz simple syrup
4 oz Leopold’s peach liqueur
6 oz St Germain liqueur
8 oz Boca Loca Cachaca
12 oz Cava (or another dry sparkling wine)
5 dashes of angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl with a large ice block. Serve in punch cups. http://www.teatulia.com/recipes/white-punch.htm

Looking to make a quick drink before kickoff?  The Green Tea Ginger Cooler is the so simple, yet so refreshing.  The ginger vodka and Teatulia Green Tea make a great duo in this potion.

Green Tea Ginger Cooler

(Submitted by Anika Zappe from Punch Bowl Social)

3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple syrup
1 1/2 oz ginger vodka (we use Skyy)
2 oz strong Teatulia green tea
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain and serve in a 12 oz glass with fresh ice and a lemon wedge. http://www.teatulia.com/recipes/green-tea-ginger-cooler.htm

Now go and have yourself a tea cocktail before game day! (For practice, of course!)

To get other tea recipes, click this link to Teatulia’s website: http://www.teatulia.com/cooking-with-tea.htm

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Tea Cocktails

Tea Cocktails

I have got the newest craze for you!  Tea Cocktails!  Tea cocktails are innovative, refreshing, and healthier than other high-caloric options and what better way to delight your family and friends than by making handmade drinks poolside or at a barbeque? More importantly, they are a breeze to prepare and one of life’s simplest pleasures.

The White Tea Smash created by Kevin Burke of Colt & Gray is seriously amazing.  (See recipe below.)  This tea tonic uses fresh herbs, lemon, honey, vodka, and Teatulia White Tea.   Another one of my favorite drinks is the Green Tea Mint Julep. (See recipe below.) The Green Tea Mint Julep contains Teatulia Green Tea, whiskey, simple syrup, lemon, and mint.  It is the perfect drink for a hot summer night.

Creating your very own tea concoction can be fun!  All you have to do is mix and match various types of tea and alcohol with your favorite herbs, fruit, and citrus.  Half the fun is experimenting!  You can also find additional recipes such as the Tequila Cilantro Cocktail and Green Tea Ginger Cooler on Teatulia’s website.  www.teatulia.com

If you are still stumped or would like to learn more about making iced tea and tea cocktails, I suggest watching the tips given on this short clip featuring Teatulia on the Everyday Show:

White Tea Smash

(Submitted by Kevin Burke from Colt & Gray)

Glass: Tall Collins Glass
Garnish: Thyme Sprig

Ingredients:
2 sprigs Fresh Thyme
1/6 Lemon
.25 oz. Honey
1.5 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Chilled, brewed White Tea

Method:
Muddle 1 sprig Thyme with Piece of lemon in honey to extract oil. Add Vodka, tea, and ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with remaining thyme sprig.

Green Tea Mint Julep

(Submitted by Justin Russell from Corridor44)

2 oz. Teatulia green tea
1.5 oz. Stranahans Colorado whiskey
Half a lemon squeezed
1.5 oz. simple syrup
Mint

To make the drink, start with a sugar rim cocktail glass. Muddle the mint, lemon juice, and sugar in the glass. Then add crushed ice, and pour the tea and the whiskey over the ice. Garnish with mint and lemon. Drink!