Green tea is the best beverage after water and you can easily make green tea at home. There are countless health advantages of this ancient Chinese medicine. If it’s cardiovascular or neurodegenerative conditions, obesity, asthma, skin disorders, renal failure, or cancer, green tea antioxidants can combat any of them.
Although, the thing is, most of us don’t know how to make green tea properly. And it won’t have much nutritional value if you don’t make it well, and it will end up smelling salty and grassy. So, you must understand and master the green tea preparation process. Read on to learn how to make green tea, which will rejuvenate the body and cleanse it. But let me teach you a tad bit about green tea first.
What Is Green Tea?
Green tea, or Camellia sinensis, is an antioxidant-rich, non-fermented tea. While green tea, black tea, and oolong tea all come from the same vine, green tea leaves have to be selected differently from Camellia sinensis. The fresh leaves from the peak have to be selected by the tea pickers. In a way that avoids so much oxidation, these leaves are then processed. And it is this practice of picking and sorting that renders green tea so high in antioxidants.
China’s green tea has smaller leaves, while India’s green tea from Assam has larger leaves. However, the same health benefits are offered for both. But how does green tea really work? Next, find out.
How It Improves Your Health
The antioxidants that are responsible for all the health effects are the catechins of green tea. Epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin-3 gallate (ECG), and epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) are the major catechins found in green tea. Yet EGCG is the most strong catechin.
Now that EGCG is an antioxidant, it scavenges dangerous free oxygen radicals and protects DNA from injury, prevents infinite cell proliferation, blocks cancer signaling pathways, prevents fat accumulation, defends against microbial infections, reduces exhaustion, and enhances the immune system.
It is also clear that drinking green tea daily, in several different ways, benefits your health. So, let me inform you, without much delay, let us go through how you can make green tea at home easily.
How To Prepare Green Tea At Home
Green Tea With Leaves
The preparation of green tea is different from that of the black tea we make at home. There are some easy steps you need to take. When preparing green tea, bear in mind that the tea can turn bitter if the tea leaves are steeped in water that is over 90 ° C.
So, steep it is not too hot water. Here are the green tea brewing measures for leaves.
Green tea leaves:
- 1 teaspoon for 1 cup of green tea will be the basic amount. You can also use green tea pearls.
- A strainer for tea.
- A Cup
- A container of stainless steel
- 1 of a cup of water
Take one teaspoon of leaves of green tea. Take 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves for every cup if you want to make more than a cup of green tea. So, for 4 cups of green tea, take 4 teaspoons of green tea leaves.
Now, take the tea leaves and hold them aside in a strainer/sieve.
Now, take a pot/pan made of stainless steel and heat the water. Go ahead if you like to use a glass teapot instead. For green tea, the optimal temperature is 80 ° C to 85 ° C, so keep an eye on the water to make sure it isn’t boiling. If it starts to boil anyway, just turn off the gas/heat and let it cool (say, for 30-45 seconds) for a little while.
Now, above the cup or mug, put the sieve/ strainer.
Next, pour in the cup with the hot water and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. This is the stage where we have to be very vigilant about it. Not everybody likes their tea hot, so keep a spoon handy and drink a spoonful of tea every 30-45 seconds to figure out if the quality is right for you, to check if the tea is just right.
Take the sieve out now and hold it aside. You can add 1 teaspoon of honey if you wish.
Stir in the honey and give a few seconds for the drink to cool. Enjoy your green tea cup sitting at home.
Green Tea With Tea Bags
For several individuals, green tea bags are, well, convenient. They are compact and can easily be turned into a hot cuppa-a cup of hot water is what you need.
So, here’s how you can make a cup of green tea at home with a bag of green tea. Make sure they are made from an unbleached substance if you are using tea bags.
To keep them fresh, most tea bags are bleached, and you certainly don’t want any chlorine contaminating your antioxidant-rich beverage!
While you make green tea at home, in a stainless steel kettle, heat the bath. Making sure that it does not hit the point of boiling, which is 100 degrees C. The water temperature should be about 80-85 degrees C.
In the clay or stainless steel cup, put the green tea bag.
Into the cup, pour the hot water, and cover it with a small lid. For 3 minutes, let it steep.
Take the lid off after 3 minutes and remove the teabag.
Using a spoon to stir and take a rejuvenating drink!
Green Tea With Powder
You can also use green tea powder, which is readily available on the market, to make green tea at home on your own. Here is the easiest way to use green tea powder to produce green tea.
In a stainless steel bowl or glass bowl, take a cup of water and heat it. Mind, when it is overheated, green tea turns sour, so just keep watching the temperature. To see if it’s below 85 ° C, use a kitchen thermometer.
When it hits the boiling point, switching off the heat. Now, for a couple of seconds, let it cool.
To the water, apply the green tea powder. The optimum boiling time for green tea to soak is around 3 minutes, but after 1 1⁄2 minutes, you can take a drink to check if the taste is good enough.
The color is bound to change to brown after 3 minutes. Through a strainer, pour it.
Lastly, add the tea to the honey and add it to the cup.
Besides all these, the secret on how to make a perfect cup of green tea at home or anywhere lies in the way you brew it, although this can seem simple. So, here are a few tips for brewing green tea that will help you get the taste and flavor perfect.