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Posted by: rex (Guest), Friday, July 13, 2007, 10:42am
Any suggestions on how I can make this tea taste better?  I tried to sweeten it with stevia but it still tastes awful.  I was thinking of trying to cook it like a vegetable with seasoning, has anyone done this?  If so, how was it?  I tried to separate the rice from the tea leaves (I think it's the rice that gives the tea that awful taste) but that's very difficult to do.  Any suggestions?  Any help will be much appreciated.
Posted by: Debra+, Friday, July 13, 2007, 12:18pm; Reply: 1
Hey Rex...could take abit of getting used to the taste.  I love it the way it is.  Or sometimes I put it Rooibos in the tea ball with Mr. Itaru's.  A licorice tea bag is quite good.  Mikeo suggested putting a square of dark chocolate and that is pretty yummilicious.  I don't care too much for sweetness in things.  Then again...I am nonnie. ;)

Debra :)
Posted by: rex (Guest), Friday, July 13, 2007, 12:24pm; Reply: 2
Thanks for the tips.  Licorice sounds like a possibility, I'll try it.  Do you think that if I try to use the tea as a seasoning, like for example if I sprinkle it on a fish filet as I do with oregano the tea will be ok to ingest?  I don't want to make myself sick.
Posted by: rex (Guest), Friday, July 13, 2007, 12:34pm; Reply: 3
I don't see Rooibus on my list of Beneficial or Neutral foods nor is it on my Avoid list.  If a food is not on my list of acceptable foods or on my avoid list, should I safely assume that I can include it in my diet?
Posted by: Debra+, Friday, July 13, 2007, 1:22pm; Reply: 4
It is in the 'Sip Right Tea' that NAP puts out. ;)

http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/ask/archives/00000146.htm


Not sure how Mr. Itaru's would be to spice foods up as I haven't tried that yet...thanks for the suggestion, but I do eat the steeped Mr. Itaru's sometimes on salads and in soups and rolled up seaweed wraps.  I am a big fan of this tea so that probably helps. ;)  Good luck.

Debra :)
Posted by: rex (Guest), Friday, July 13, 2007, 1:47pm; Reply: 5
You're right, Rooibus is in my sip right tea, I never noticed that.  Thanks again for your help.  I called NAP & Lynn told me to consider any food that is not on any of my lists, as a neutral, to just see how it makes me feel after I eat it.  If I feel badly, don't continue but if I feel ok, go with it.    
Posted by: rex (Guest), Friday, July 13, 2007, 6:03pm; Reply: 6
It worked...I sprinkled my green tea onto a salmon filet, topped with a bit of garlic & oil, broiled it for ten minutes and am happy to report that it tasted fine.  Also, I noticed that every now & then a post is "moved" by a poster.  Why is that done?
Posted by: Don, Friday, July 13, 2007, 6:10pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from rex
Also, I noticed that every now & then a post is "moved" by a poster.  Why is that done?

If a moderator notices that a thread belongs in a different forum based on the topic of the thread then they will move it to the appropriate forum.

Posted by: rex (Guest), Friday, July 13, 2007, 6:27pm; Reply: 8
Thanks, now I understand.  I still have so much to learn about this site but little by little all of you are doing a great job of teaching me the ropes.  Thanks.
Posted by: Debra+, Friday, July 13, 2007, 7:04pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from rex
It worked...I sprinkled my green tea onto a salmon filet, topped with a bit of garlic & oil, broiled it for ten minutes and am happy to report that it tasted fine.  Also, I noticed that every now & then a post is "moved" by a poster.  Why is that done?



Great...and you just taught us something new. ;) :D

Debra :)
Posted by: Lola, Friday, July 13, 2007, 7:09pm; Reply: 10
some of us add it to our salads!
after brewing.....
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, July 14, 2007, 5:33am; Reply: 11
I haven't tried Itaru's tea yet, but I have found that there are a lot of Gen Maicha teas available, and some of them I really don't like.  Only a couple of brands taste good to me, and I really love them.  I also add about 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder to each large mug.

The water should not be boiling when poured.
Posted by: Debra+, Saturday, July 14, 2007, 12:55pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from Victoria
I haven't tried Itaru's tea yet, but I have found that there are a lot of Gen Maicha teas available, and some of them I really don't like.  Only a couple of brands taste good to me, and I really love them.  I also add about 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder to each large mug.

The water should not be boiling when poured.


Or...I pour the hot water into my cup and let it sit for about five minutes and then put the tea ball (bag) in the water and let it steep. ;)

Debra :)

Posted by: rex (Guest), Monday, July 16, 2007, 10:57am; Reply: 13
Adding cocoa sounds like a good idea, I'll try it.  Also, I usually do add boiling water to my tea...will it really be better if I let it cool down a bit?  I always thought that if the water is boiling hot it will extract the maximum benefit from the tea.  On another subject, I thought I read about get-togethers that the posters have.  Are there occasions where you do get to meet each other in person?  
Posted by: Debra+, Monday, July 16, 2007, 12:42pm; Reply: 14
Hey rex...the idea of letting the water cool down first is to not burn the teas that you are putting into it and gives it a much nicer taste.   Especially try Mr. Itaru's that way. ;)

Some people have gotten together and met up with each other in different areas.   If you let people know where you are located maybe you can arrange a meeting.  You don't list it on your member centre.   You may want to check out the Meeting Tree threads.   http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b=budboard

Debra :)
Posted by: Don, Monday, July 16, 2007, 1:37pm; Reply: 15
If the water is too hot or the tea is steeped more than about about 45 seconds, then also some of beneficial nutrients can be damaged as well as it negatively effecting the taste of the Mr. Itaru's green tea.

There is also the IfHI conference every 2 years. The last one was just this past May so the next one won't be until 2009.

Posted by: rex (Guest), Monday, July 16, 2007, 3:49pm; Reply: 16
Ok, I tried your suggestions, I put my tea leaves in hot (but not boiling) water and & didn't let it steep longer than the recommended time.  The results were positive, the tea did taste better.  I'm glad that I'm getting used to it because I think it's very good for me.  
Posted by: Lola, Monday, July 16, 2007, 3:56pm; Reply: 17
Quoted Text
the tea is steeped more than about about 45 seconds


nevertheless, there was mention at the conference, that you could steep your tea for a longer period, and it was beneficial, as well.....
it is all a matter of taste.
Posted by: rex (Guest), Monday, July 16, 2007, 4:15pm; Reply: 18
Don, thanks for link to the IFHI conference.  Everyone looks so happy.  A nice group of people.  My husband has cautioned me to be careful about internet friendships but all of you look like a bunch of "ok" people to me.  Debra, thanks for telling be about the "Meeting Tree" threads.  I'll hold back on that for now, it's my very cautious-self rearing it head now.  I've made enough friends just posting, Lola in particular who's been so helpful and some others whose names I don't remember. I've never posted anywhere before and I find it to be very nice.  It's particularly nice to chat with people who have my inclination to strongly seek the healthy lifestyle, people who don't think I'm "strange" because I refuse foods that most people find irresistable..."just one donut won't kill you" they say, but I stick to my guns & say "no thanks".  When I told my husband some of the things that some of you eat, he said, "it looks like you found your kind of people"...I think so too.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, July 16, 2007, 4:19pm; Reply: 19
BTD keeps us all happy!
this forum is a haven for us all, and you can come vent and learn and share as much as you want!
Posted by: rex (Guest), Monday, July 16, 2007, 4:27pm; Reply: 20
Lola, thanks for telling me that if I still choose to steep my tea for a longer time, it's still beneficial.  I'll experiment with it to see which I prefer.  It will probably be different with the different teas.  I'll try it both ways.  
Posted by: Debra+, Monday, July 16, 2007, 4:52pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from lola


nevertheless, there was mention at the conference, that you could steep your tea for a longer period, and it was beneficial, as well.....
it is all a matter of taste.


I usually drop the tea ball into my portable cup and leave it there until I have finished drinking my cup of tea.  Sometimes it can take up to an hour...depending on what I am doing.  ;)

rex...'looks like you have met your kind of people'[...exactly what I think too...wonderful group on here. :D ;)

Debra :)

Posted by: rex (Guest), Monday, July 16, 2007, 5:10pm; Reply: 22
Ok, Debra I decided to be brave & let down my guard a bit.  I posted on the member tree. It would be nice to have some local compatriots to chat with, although as I said, you guys are great even without any locals.   My husband posts on the BOC (Bayliner Owners Club) site and we have met some very nice people as a result of that.
Posted by: rex (Guest), Thursday, July 19, 2007, 5:19pm; Reply: 23
I remembered that some of you eat the Itaru's green tea leaves in a salad after you brew the tea...I tried it today...not bad.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, July 19, 2007, 5:30pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from rex
I remembered that some of you eat the Itaru's green tea leaves in a salad after you brew the tea...I tried it today...not bad.  Thanks for sharing.


Just had mine at lunch in my salad today. :D

Debra :)

Posted by: rex (Guest), Thursday, July 19, 2007, 6:14pm; Reply: 25
Hi Debra,

Also, you were right about me getting used to the taste of the green tea.  I stuck with it and now, as you said I would, I actually like it. Thanks for the encouragement.
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, July 19, 2007, 7:26pm; Reply: 26
rex...great to hear...anytime...that's what we are here for...to help each other.  ;)

Debra :)
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, July 20, 2007, 4:16am; Reply: 27
I let my green tea steep for a long time and it's never bitter.  But the water is not too hot.  The high heat of boiling draws out a lot of tannic acid and that's what makes it bitter.  Steaming water is hot enough.

The teas that should be made with boiling water is roots, barks and twigs, like dandelion root, etc.  
Posted by: Melissa_J, Friday, July 20, 2007, 5:07am; Reply: 28
Some types of Chinese green tea are good brewed longer and hotter, this can bring out the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant important for detoxification pathways.

I wouldn't recommend long-brewing for Japanese green tea, as it can damage the flavor and other beneficial components-- unless the water is not very hot at all.  I sometimes just put a tea bag in a room temperature bottle of water and wait 10 or 20 minutes or more, until the water turns green, and drink it on the road.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 7:05pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from rex
I remembered that some of you eat the Itaru's green tea leaves in a salad after you brew the tea...I tried it today...not bad.  Thanks for sharing.


For those of you who eat the leaves after brewing, have you every experienced too much energy? I'm wondering if I should *not* be eating them at dinner.
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 7:56pm; Reply: 30
I would not consume any green tea after noon.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 8:51pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from Victoria
I would not consume any green tea after noon.


Guess I'll wait till tomorrow's salad.  ;)
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