Will Gilson's 3 Easy Tips to Cook With Tea

Give your recipes a healthy boost with an ingredient you already have at home.

While teas are present in countless pantry cabinets, not everyone is using them to their full potential — even the tea fanatics! There's a lot more you can do with teas than you think, especially in the kitchen. Chefs all around the world are using teas in new ways, flavoring dishes without the added calories.

Spice up your food with this new ingredient, and guests will flock to the dinner table when they smell the delightful aromas of your creative dish. Start cooking with tea today using Chef Will Gilson's top three easy ways to implement tea into your daily meals, all of which are Oz-approved!


Give Tea Broth a Try

Ditch the traditional chicken, beef, and vegetable broths. Tea broth can be used in their place when you're boiling pasta, rice, grains, and oatmeal, but without the added calories. This can be created with virtually any tea of your choosing, as long as it is a lightly brewed tea. To create the broth, steep your tea in water or milk to infuse the flavor. Don't skip out on vegetables and herbs, but instead use the tea broth as a way to give your dish a delightful aroma and taste. Try infusing your milk with oolong tea before you make oatmeal, or steeping green tea in your chicken soup for added body and a fresh new flavor. 

Infuse Cooking Oil With Tea

Since tea is made up of dried herbs and spices, the combination of warm oil releases its natural flavors. A tea-infused oil can enhance an average meal with just a quick twist. Using tea offers many benefits, providing a pleasant aromatic experience while being delicate on the palate. 

To infuse oil with tea, begin by pouring 1/2 cup of oil into a small pan. Heat gently on low heat for a few minutes, and then drop tea leaves into the oil. Stir the two, and turn off the heat so the tea can steep in the warmed oil for about 20 minutes. Try infusing your olive oil with green tea or mint tea.  Preparing the oil ahead of time can serve as a time saver as your cooking your meals.  

Use Tea in Your Marinating Rub

Upgrade your classic dinner recipes with this rub featuring your favorite tea. Spice rubs are the perfect way to not only add a great flavor to your foods but also a delicious herbal outer crust. Simply add tea leaves to your usual marinating rub. Try using Lapsang Souchong tea on roasted pork tenderloin for a deep smokey flavor that mimics the taste of grilled food. If you don't have Lapsang, you can use jasmine tea or mint tea as the perfect complement to lamb. 

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