How to Brew Perfect Green Tea
How many of you have had green tea? Now, how many of you have had good green tea? This number is probably smaller than the first number. Why? Because most people make green tea the wrong way!
I’m sure you’ve made regular black tea. Iced tea, sun tea, sweet tea – It’s all basically the same thing. And since tea is tea, it’s all made the same way, right?
Green tea is delicate. Think of it like a tornado (Kansas girl here). Every condition in the atmosphere has to come together just right to make it happen. As little as a few degrees can be the difference between a tornado and your run-of-the-mill supercell thunderstorm.
If you brew your tea just like you brew every other thunderstorm, you’re only going to get a thunderstorm.
Okay, enough with the weather similes. My point is, green tea is brewed differently. It is NOT supposed to taste bitter or grassy. If you’ve decided you don’t like green tea for this reason, you’ve had poorly made green tea.
Not only is the brewing method important for taste, it is also essential for the benefits. Green tea is packed with catechin, or antioxidants. These antioxidants fight and have even been shown to prevent cell damage. The health benefits are worthy of their own post, but I’ll touch on the highlights:
- Improves blood flow and lowers cholesterol
- Helps prevent several heart-related issues
- Has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Supports stable blood sugar
- Aids in relaxation
If your water temperature is too high, you will not get all those glorious health benefits. If the temperature is too low, you may not extract all of the flavors and end up with weak tasting tea.
Now that we’ve all had a mini-lesson in the importance of properly brewing green tea, read on to learn how.
Let’s Get Started
You will need:
- A gallon of water
- A gallon pitcher
- A pot
- Green tea bags
- A timer and thermometer
First, fill your pot with water. My dutch oven doesn’t hold a full gallon of water, so I have to make two batches of 2 quarts (about 8 cups).
On medium-high heat, bring your water just short of a boil. If you’re using a thermometer, you want the water temperature to be between 160 – 170º F. Do not boil the water, as this will cook your tea, eradicating the catechins
Next, put in your tea bags according to the package directions. The brand of tea I use specifies one tea bag for every quart, so I use two tea bags. Set your phone or kitchen timer for 3 minutes and wait. Sometimes my water starts to boil within this 3 minutes but that’s okay. It’s not long enough to cook the tea.
When your timer goes off, remove your tea from the heat and discard your tea bags. Let it cool! The last thing you want to do is A) break a glass pitcher, or B) spill boiling or almost boiling tea on yourself. I usually let it cool for 30 minutes to an hour, and I use a plastic pitcher. Keep in mind it’s still very hot, so if you’re using glass you will want to let it cool completely.
From here you can add sweetener and either drink it hot or put in the fridge. I put mine in the fridge as is and sweeten by the cup.
That’s it! You have successfully learned how to brew the perfect green tea!
What’s your favorite non-soda beverage? Let me know below in the comments!
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