Tea (rec.drink.tea) Discussion relating to tea, the world's second most consumed beverage (after water), made by infusing or boiling the leaves of the tea plant (C. sinensis or close relatives) in water.

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Old 15-07-2010, 06:43 PM posted to rec.food.drink.tea
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Default Can I replace tea leaves with tea bags in a recipe?

Scott Dorsey wrote:
satokenta wrote:
I am making Chinese Tea eggs. The recipe calls for 2 tbsp black tea, but
I only have black tea bags (Lipton). Can I replace the leaves by slicing
open the bags and measuring out two tbsp (or more) of its contents? Can
I just use it in tea bag form? Please advise.

You probably could, but you may want to reduce the amount of tea used
because the fannings used in the tea bag are very, very fine.

You also should note that Lipton's doesn't really taste very good, and
in a dish where the tea flavour is dominant, you might want to use a
better tea. You will miss out on all of the smoky flavour that good
tea-marinated eggs have.

Lipton's black tea is the worst. To get any flavor
at all you have to pour boiling
water on it.

I would think that the tea leaves in the bags
would still contain some nutrients and
also a little fiber, so they could be used in
other dishes.

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