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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Chai Tea Concentrate


Chai Tea Concentrate

Source:  Gimmesomeoven
Yields 4 cups

12 cardamom pods, gently crushed or split
8 whole black peppercorns
8 whole cloves
2-4 inch piece of ginger, sliced
4 c water
4 cinnamon sticks
3 whole allspice
2 star anise
1/8 t ground nutmeg
1/2-1 vanilla bean, sliced down the middle 
2 T brown sugar or maple syrup, or to taste

Over medium-high heat bring all ingredient to a boil . Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes longer. (At this point you may add 4 bags black tea or 4 teaspoons loose black tea and steep 5 minutes.) Pour through a strainer and use the liquid as a concentrate mixing  equal parts concentrate with water or milk to make chai tea. Concentrate can be refrigerated for up to a week.


If the current high price of vanilla beans is too high, skip the bean and add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract to the concentrate after it has cooled.  

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