Tuesday, November 8, 2011

12 Weeks of Christmas- Week 5: Spiced Chai Tea Bags

Normally, I post my 12 Weeks of Christmas post toward the end of the week, but today I found some things online that I wanted to do and I couldn't wait another day to make them. I immediately went out and bought the ingredients, and then immediately after THAT I went home and put them together. And now I'm IMMEDIATELY posting about them.

So what am I so excited about?

Homemade Spiced Chai Tea Bags!
(And I mean really making tea from scratch and then filling your own tea bags!!!)

I found the recipe to make this Spiced Chai over at The Kitchn. Personally, I'm not much of a tea drinker, but a lot of my friends are and many of them love Chai.

Here's what you'll need:

12 green cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon whole red peppercorns (optional)
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 4-inch cinnamon stick
3 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
1/2 cup loose black tea
And some Fill Your Own Tea Bags (YES THEY EXIST! SO EXCITED!)

A lot of these items can be found at a grocery store like Schnucks, Dierbergs or Shop N Save. HOWEVER, I highly recommend going to the Green Earth Grocery in Edwardsville IL or a similar specialty store if you have access to it. They had the tea bags and the cardamom pods which were hard to find. You might also be able to find these items at Whole Foods, but it gets a little pricey (even though I LOVE W.F.).

Here are the basic instructions on how I made the tea bags. Be sure to look at the original recipe post for more information too!

First, I put all of the ingredients (EXCEPT the ginger and the tea) on a cookie sheet. I put a piece of foil over my pan just in case. I broke open all of the cardamom pods. I put the spices in the oven at 350 F until the spices became fragrant (5-10 mins).

After I took the spices out of the oven, I allowed them to cool off. Then, I put them into a ziploc bag and ground them all down using a rolling pin. This was Bryan's idea- he's so smart!

After the spices were ground, I put them into a bowl with my loose tea and chopped candied ginger. I mixed them together thoroughly after this picture was taken- I just thought it looked pretty this way!

Once the spices were mixed, I put one tablespoon of the mixture into each of my teabags.

As it says on the package, these tea bags are "heat sealable". This means that the tea bags are pre-sealed on 3 sides, with one side open. All you do is put your tea inside, and then use a clothes iron set on the cotton setting to seal the 4th side.

And then...TA-DA!! You have a tea bag!

I am so excited about these! I already made like 20-something tea bags, and I am ready to make more!

I'm planning on giving them with a set of instructions and maybe in a cute envelope like these from "Frog, Goose & Bear. (These are not mine)

(Source: Frog, Goose & Bear)

But for now, I'm just going to keep the bags in a tupperware bowl with a lid to keep them as fresh as possible until I am ready to give them.

1 comment:

  1. I think I have a friend who would love something like this. w00t!


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