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Decaf Chai Tea Concentrate, just in time for Thanksgiving
November 24, 2014
I love making this. I get to play around with the spices and change things up a bit each time and it is fun to take along to gatherings this time of year or give as a gift.
Best of all, once made, all I have to do is heat it up and add milk. We use raw goat milk or almond milk but you can decide what works best for you when you make this lively, warming tea in your own kitchen.
I sometimes make ginger honey to use in the chai this time of year. If you would like to make ginger honey, chop fresh ginger up in a pint jar and cover with honey. Allow to sit for a couple of weeks and strain. The longer the ginger sits in the honey, the more flavorful it will be.
I digress, on to making Chai...................................This makes 1/2 gallon to tea. I usually share with friends when I make it.
Decaf Chai Concentrate
8 cups filtered water
5 ceylon cinnamon sticks
20 black peppercorns (I used smoked)
3 cardamom Pods Cracked open to expose seeds
20 allspice berries
8 Tbsp red rooibos
1 vanilla pod (I didn't have any so I put vanilla extract in tea after straining it)
6 star anise (broken up)
1/8-1/4 freshly ground nutmeg
Feel free to adapt and change this up, thats part of the fun of it. I kind of go with the spices I have on hand when making this.
Place rooibos and broken up cinnamon sticks in a pot.
A note about cinnamon...If you have True Cinnamon it is easily broken up and actually has more health benefits than cassia.
This is what it should like like if it is Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)~ The Ceylon Cinnamon is on the bottom and Cassia is the top three sticks.
The other spices need to be broken up or crushed and placed in the pot. If you have cardamom that is in the pod, you will need to break it open and pull the seeds out.
I use a mortor and pestle to crush the peppersorns, cloves, and allspice.
Grind the Nutmeg
Place everthing in the pot and cover with water. Place on the stove and simmer (covered to keep the spicy flavor in) for 20 minutes to 1/2 hour.
At this point I add vanilla extract (1tbsp) if I didn't have vanilla beans and stevia to taste if I don't plan on using honey.
Sample a cup, then place in jars and refrigerate.... To make a cup of chai you use half the concentrate and half milk of your choice.