Green tea has seen a surge in popularity as a cooking ingredient in recent years. It comes in both powder and liquid form, and the fact that it is so simple to use, delectable, and beneficial to your health should not come as much of a surprise.
You may be wondering why anyone would ever attempt to cook with something like that. To begin, drinking green tea is associated with several positive effects on one’s health. It has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, and it is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
In point of fact, green tea has been utilised for culinary purposes in the majority of Asian nations for precisely these reasons. The taste is an additional factor to consider. Green tea has a highly distinctive taste that cannot be readily imitated by anything other than green tea itself. This flavour is something that many people like.
Now comes the difficult part: how exactly do I use green tea in the kitchen? As I was saying previously, it actually isn’t that difficult to carry out.
A relatively simple method is to replace the water in a recipe with brewed green tea in its place (at room temperature or as specified by the recipe).
This is probably the best way for someone who is experimenting with a recipe or this style of cooking.
When you do this keep in mind that you want the green tea to be strong. The stronger the tea is the more flavor and color will remain in the end product. This is why loose leaf tea is generally recommended.
You may also just want to look for green tea recipes. I see new ones popping up every day. Simply go online and search for “green tea” and your favorite recipe. You may be surprised to find several already available.
A lot of green tea recipes will ask for green tea powder or matcha. This is ground-up green tea leaves. Matcha specifically is ground up Gyokuro leaves and is used for tea ceremony purposes.
You will find matcha generally more expensive than green tea powder, which can be made from almost any green tea. However, you may find matcha worth the extra price for those special recipes.
If you have never done it, I recommend buying green tea powder or matcha and trying it on some of your favorite recipes. You will find it amazing how much color and flavor one teaspoon of this stuff can provide.