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Help! What do I do with all the loose-leaf tea that I have that I don't LOVE?

I have been passionately searching for the perfect cup of tea! In my quest, I have ordered a lot of tea from various sources. I don't LOVE all of it, and a mediocre cup of tea -- to my tastes -- is not worth brewing.

I have many packets of loose-leaf teas that I now ignore because they are not on my list of "Top 5 Favorites of-the-Moment!" Seriously, most of it is of good-to-fine quality, but just not for me. So, now, what do I do with all of this tea?

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  1. Package in baskets w/ cups, cookies and chocolates as gifts for your friends.

    Or use for tea-smoked chicken, duck, etc. in your grill or smoker.

    It's also fun to mix them up with spices, dried fruits and zest for creating your own blends.

    1. brew them and use as the cooking liquid for braised meats, sauces, rices, etc

      1. You know, Liu, I share that problem too! I try to buy only sample sizes from Upton, so at least I only have small silver packets lying about for months. Usually, there's only enough for a cup or two left, if that. Maybe we should trade?!?

        1. Check out the article on indoor smoking in the New York Times yesterday ( http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/24/din... ). There's a great-sounding recipe for Tea-Smoked Chicken Thighs with Pomegranate Glaze.

          1. I offer them to friends to try...I also sometimes mix teas that I think might blend well together...sometimes I'm right, sometimes not but it's fun to do.

            What are your top 5 favorites?

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            1. re: fauchon

              Hi, fauchon! Right now I am enjoying the greener oolong teas that I have ordered from Teance. However, if you would go to the Cookware Board and check under the post that asks about using a mesh basket, "will 47" has taken tea to another level and opened up an entire world of Taiwanese purveyors. Oh, I am overwhelmed...I just don't know if I have enough years left to try all these new teas!

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