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Chaga Tea Suggested Brewing Directions
Although there is much conflicting information in regards to Chaga Tea brew times & directions across the internet and among other companies -please do not be distracted by the confusion and just enjoy making and drinking your Tea, because it's a fairly easy process!
You could spend hours reading all the "He said....She said" comments worldwide and still never come to a definite method or scientific/medical conclusion. Use them as guidelines perhaps (some of these articles are a really good read tho!), and use your own good common sense. Because.... who knows your body better than you? You'll come to know how you like your Chaga Tea.
We're not in the business of challenging or debating...seriously - it's simple... it's good for you...it's not "cultured" or man-made. Our Chaga is a 100% natural & pure product from Mother Nature, the woods, the wilderness, the forest....not from big box store shelves, nor from cultivated processes.
No our products are not "Certified Organic", they're better than that - they're Wild!
All I know is that it undeniably helped my health from my own personal experience with Chaga. There's a pot of Chaga Tea on my stove every day -it's just part of my lifestyle. Keep your own health in mind and try different things/recipes with the Chaga until it's right for you!
For Hot Tea:
Bring 12 cups of water almost to boiling point (175 degrees or 80 C. )- turn down to low & add one of the following:
Loose Tea Grind - add 1/4 cup or 1 Chaga Tea Bag (which is 1/4 cup) and steep anywhere from 5 -8 hrs.
Chunks -weigh out approx. 1 oz. of chunks and steep for 6-8 hrs.
Chaga ThermO Teabag- use 1 bag per 36 oz. vacuum bottle (let steep overnight). Single use only.
Don't fret... adding more isn't harmful. If you like it strong, add more or let it steep longer. On any of these "brew times" you can certainly just turn off the stove...and let the Chaga sit.
Steep on the stove at the lowest setting (#1-2). Many people are now using Crock Pots to brew the Tea overnight.
Longer brew times yield a stronger Tea. Smaller Chaga particles (Tea Grind vs. a big Chunks) appear to yield a quicker brew time.
Avoid "boiling" the Tea, but allow it to "steep" and be hot enough, where you'd see wisps of steam coming off the Tea but not "boiling bubbles". If using Chunks or Grind, you would strain with a strainer or cheesecloth (not necessary if using the tea bags we offer).
REMEMBER, you can make another 12 cup pot of tea with that same Chaga! (exception with the ThermO Tea Bags) Some people even brew a third time.
If drinking 4 cups daily, you'll have enough for 3 days. Once you brew your first pot of tea, you can either brew another 12 cup pot immediately using the same Chaga or you can freeze that Chaga until you are ready to brew your second pot. We use our Tea Grind and Chunks twice only.
For Iced Tea:
Let the brewed Tea cool and add freshly squeezed lemon & natural honey (and now my favorite natural sweetener is Pure Maple Syrup) to flavor and refrigerate. Add a fresh sprig of Mint (energy booster) or grated Cinnamon. Be creative!
Try mixing Chaga Tea half and half with beer for a refreshing drink! Or make Chaga Ice Cubes with your Tea and add to your favorite summer drinks or to those Smoothies, Cappuccinos, Slushies and Frappucchinos. Making the ice cubes is also a great way for storing your Chaga for months ahead of time, and is ready for use when you are!
Ready made refrigerated Tea should be used within 2 weeks.
If you're not sensitive to "scents", don't throw out those used up Chaga Chunks, dry them out and burn them as Incense! The aroma of burning Chaga is truly amazing! You can also use Chaga to "smoke" meat along with your Applewood chips.
In regards to expiration dates for Chaga.
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