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Green Tea Infused Chicken Soup

I love cooking and I love green tea, so when I come across a recipe that brings the two of these together, I just have to share.

Here is a great twist on a chicken soup recipe that infuses your soup stock with Green Tea adding a unique flavor and of course some of the many benefits from drinking Green Tea.

Green Tea-Scented Chicken Soup

1 1/2 pounds of boneless cubed skinless chicken breast (about 3 breasts)
Salt and pepper
4 1/2 cups chicken stock
3 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
1 fennel bulb, cored, quartered and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
3 leeks, in 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup Green Tea leaves (sencha)
1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Directions
1. Trim your chicken removing any remaining fat and season with salt and pepper.

2. In a large saucepan, bring your chicken stock to a simmer. Add the carrots, fennel, leeks and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Add the chicken, cover and remove from the heat. Let stand until the chicken is just cooked, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a warm bowl.

3. Add the green tea to the stock and steep for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth and set over a saucepan. Add the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Reheat, then return the vegetables and chicken to the broth. Ladle into bowls. Serves 4.
Adapted from “Aroma,” by Mandy Aftel and Daniel Patterson of Coi Restuarant. (excerpted from New York Times)

Bon Appetit!

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Awesome Steepster.com Contest

I just found out about a great contest going on at one of my favorite sites. Steepster.com.

Here’s the info straight from the source.
We’ve put together a great contest just in time for the holidays. We’re calling it the “Ultimate Holiday Tea Contest” — it’s a free contest with one lucky winner taking home a ridiculously awesome prize bundle totaling over $825 that includes teas and accessories from twelve great tea companies. The contest just started and will run through Friday evening. Check out http://bit.ly/tea-contest for all the details.

Storing Tea

Storing tea is a question that often comes up with new tea drinkers. Fortunately, it can be very simple if you just keep a few things in mind.

The National Tea Museum in Zhejiang Province notes Four factors that affect tea quality:

1. Temperature
Chemical changes of oxidation and polymerization are closely related to temperature, the higher the temperature the quicker the reactions. It was confirmed that rate of tea browning was increased by 3 to 5 times when temperature is raised by 10 ℃.
2. Moisture
Alimentary scientific theory revealed that components in absolutely dried foods were directly exposed to the air and easily be oxidized by oxygen in the air. When water molecules were aggregated with food components by hydrogen bonding, there formed a single molecular layer, the food seemed to be covered by a protection film. When tea moisture was about 3%, this single molecular protection film was formed. So the lipids in the tea were separated from oxygen in the air and prevented from oxidization by the film. On the contrary, when the moisture content was above this level, the water played a role of solvent instead of a protection film.
3.Oxygen
Oxygen can aggregate with almost every element and form an oxidized product. But oxygen in the air is most commonly found in molecular form and therefore not very active.
4. Illumination
Light itself is a kind of energy. Illumination can increase the energy level of the whole system illuminated and is detrimental to tea storage.

So knowing what affects tea, we can now make a few decisions about how we will store it
1st, we want an opaque container to keep out light.
2nd, we want something airtight that will keep out air, odors, and moisture.

The most important thing I’ve found is to keep your tea away from strong odor.
Tea if allowed exposure to strong smells will often absorb those odors and make for a less than pleasant experience.

Fortunately for us quite often the package that the tea comes in is more than adequate.
Tea package

For the ones that aren’t; my choice is tins, but even a plastic bag will suffice.

One trick I’ve found is to take my old tins from tea’s past and remove the labels and then refill them with new purchases.
tea tin

If using plastic bags, make sure that they are designed for food storage, and if clear, keep them out of the light.

So as you can see, tea storage can be quite simple and inexpensive.

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