Tag Archives: tea

winter warmth

8 Feb

5970453735_7d2055c449“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell

As the coastal blizzard heads our way, and we find ourselves taking shelter inside, make a cup of tea or hot cocoa, spend time with your loved ones, contemplate a delicious and hearty meal to share and bundle up.

All of this in anticipation for the next days snowy adventures, warm comforting meals and memories.

Photo courtesy of The Nick Page

cold brew delight

27 Sep

6904368144_ea1340fe13For those of you coffee drinkers who absolutely love coffee but have challenges digesting the everyday pick me up, try cold brewing your coffee! Instead of using hot water, you use cold, resulting in a concentrate that is super low in acidity, and very tasty! It takes some time and patience, but worth every minute.

Here is how:

1. Pick up your favorite coffee beans, and opt for course grind. Note, there is a debate about fine vs. course. Choose which one makes the most sense for your brewing method. For you tea lovers out there, check out this link to make cold brew tea.

2. Without purchasing a Toddy, (which works wonders) there are many ways of cold brewing with equipment most coffee lovers already have sitting in their kitchen. You can use a french press, a jar, pitcher or anything that can hold water + coffee (since it takes a while to make, opt for a larger vessel, you will get a greater return on your investment). You will also need some sort of strainer, like cheesecloth or coffee filters and a sieve or colander.

3. The usual ratio is 1/3 cup of ground coffee to 1 cup of water. Slowly pour water over your brew, and do not mix.

4. Cover your brew, and let it sit on your counter for up to 24 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger it gets. Optimal time is anywhere between 12-18 hours.

5. Strain your coffee into another vessel, through a sieve/colander lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. The resulting liquid is your delicious coffee concentrate.

6. Keep sealed and refrigerate for up to two weeks. If you make a huge batch and know that you won’t drink it within that time frame, you can freeze it. Tastes best within 1 week, but it can manage to still taste lovely within 2 weeks.

7. Make sure to dilute before drinking. Add ice to a glass, pour in 1/2 part coffee and 1/2 part water, if you like it strong, or 1/3 part coffee and 1/2 part water, if you like it more subtle. Then add milk or sugar, some people even add salt! For a cold winter day, you can heat up your cold brew over the stove or in the effective, albeit less desirable microwave. Dilute it as you would your iced coffee, and enjoy a hot cup of cold brew.

Your belly will thank you, and you will be as alert as ever. Happy cold brewing to all!

Photo courtesy of Jennie Faber

what to do with corn silk?

6 Jul

6025710719_f0fda76bc0Corn is coming into abundance at this very moment, and it’s delicious as ever! After shucking the corn, have you ever wondered what to do with those silks? Our campers asked the very same question.

Corn silks have been known in Chinese Medicine to heal the bladder, gallbladder and liver. They are also considered a “cure-all” and have been brewed into tea since the Native American’s in 5000 BC. The silks provide a place for pollen to land, and allows for the pollination of each individual corn kernel.

According to this great blog post, corn silks contain:

  • Vitamin C – an essential nutrient for humans
  • Potassium – necessary for function of all living cells
  • Allantoin – a healing agent
  • Mucilage – helps soothe irritated tissues
  • Saponin – an anti-inflammatory

Here’s how to make this simple healing summer brew:

Bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil and steep the silks of 1 to 2 ears of corn for 5 minutes. Drain and serve warm, or chilled.

Photo courtesy of Alternative Heat