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Tea marinade

SteveTimko Dec 10, 2013 06:13 PM

Tea seems like a great component to use in a marinade. Maybe not the only component, but one of them.
What teas would be best for a marinade? I'm thinking subtle teas would not work as well as something with strong, earthy flavors.
What food might be a good target for tea marinades?

  1. MickiYam Dec 10, 2013 10:53 PM

    Stewed eggs are a lot of fun. I haven't seen any recipes for eggs stewed in just tea. Usually it's tea and spices like cinnamon or star anise. Something simple like Assam. You boil some eggs, crack them but don't remove the shell, then stew them another 10 minutes in the tea/spices. You can leave them overnight. When you peel them, they'll have a pattern all over them, and a subtle flavor.

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    1. re: MickiYam
      SteveTimko Dec 11, 2013 10:23 AM

      Do you stew them overnight or just let them soak in the refrigerator?

      1. re: SteveTimko
        ipsedixit Dec 11, 2013 10:27 AM


    2. i_am_Lois Dec 10, 2013 10:27 PM

      You'll enjoy reading this about the many uses of tea in food preparations (including marinades).

      1. ipsedixit Dec 10, 2013 06:47 PM

        What food might be a good target for tea marinades?

        Eggs and poultry (e.g. chicken and duck)

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          magiesmom Dec 10, 2013 07:58 PM

          Not a marinade, but there are many dishes with smoky tea sauce ( Chinese )
          I love shrimp that way so perhaps a marinade, briefly, would work with shrimp.

          1. re: magiesmom
            ipsedixit Dec 10, 2013 09:09 PM

            Also not a marinade, there are many cakes and pastries made with tea (and, no, I'm not talking about English Teacakes).

        2. viperlush Dec 10, 2013 06:43 PM


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