Green Tea Recipe – Steamed Method

I tell ALL my customers, I’m a tea grower, not necessarily a tea maker.   Making your own tea is like baking cookies.  Everybody has a method and a madness and the result you get is directly related to what you put in it.  I can make pretty good cookies, I’ve been told, and every year at the holidays all my family looks forward to ‘Nana’s Sugar Cookies’.  I have perfected the recipe that at least everyone in my family likes.  Will my cookies every win any awards? Doubtful.  Neither will my tea.  But I have prepared a product that I like.  It doesn’t matter if it’s prim and proper as long as I and my family like it.  

So here’s the condensed GREEN TEA Steamed Recipe.  You will have to experiment to come up with something that is satisfying to you!  Remember, what you put in is what you get out!

BASIC GREEN TEA – STEAMED METHOD

Fresh new green growth is plucked from Camellia Sinensis Tea Plants
Fresh new green growth is plucked from Camellia Sinensis Tea Plants

 

Fresh new green growth is plucked from Camellia Sinensis Tea Plants

Fresh tea leaves are set out in the shade to wither for 3-4 hours
Fresh tea leaves are set out in the shade to wither for 3-4 hours

 

Fresh Green Leaves are added to Steamer for 2-3 minutes
Fresh Green Leaves are added to Steamer for 2-3 minutes

 

Remove tea leaves from steamer
Remove tea leaves from steamer

 

Let steamed leaves dry on a try
Let steamed leaves dry on a tray until all moisture is gone

 

Place Dried, steamed leaves in 200F Oven for 3-5 minutes
Place Dried, steamed leaves in 200F Oven for 3-5 minutes

 

Remove from Oven and let cool
Remove from Oven and let cool

 

Store dried tea in an jar or other container until ready to use!
Store dried tea in an jar or other container until ready to use!