How to Make the Perfect Herbal Infusions
For centuries, cultures have hailed tea as the ultimate beverage. Made out of a lot of herbs and dried elements, the combinations for tea are almost endless. You can find traditional flavors, combined with new elements at any tea shop you enter. And today, you can find them conveniently packaged to have a better chance of enjoying it anywhere you go. Its benefits are amazing after all! But do you really know how to make the perfect herbal infusion? Well, let me tell you that if you thought that you’re already drinking tea, then you’re missing out on infusion’s powers.
To me, there’s nothing more delicious than a good cup of tea. It relaxes me and makes me feel energized at the same time. But somehow, I don’t drink it a lot. To me, it’s a special habit that I only do in certain situations. In fact, I’ve always found myself craving the energy of a good cup. But what if I could harness its benefits from herbal infusions? I’m going to show you my experience with it!
Is tea different from infusion?
In short? Yes. The infusions are left to steep and release the phytonutrients and other chemicals in water for a prolonged period of time, whereas tea is consumed almost right away! It might not sound significant but the steeping time the herbs spend on the water determines the release of beneficial properties. Believe it or not, the more time they spend on the water, the better!
The other big change is the number of herbs used. For tea, small amounts are used, and the flavor is soft. Why? The proportion of herbs per cup is around half or a whole teaspoon per cup, depending on the herb. Infusions are done with a proportion of half or a full cup of herbs per 2 cups of boiling water. This is left to steep on for up to 12 hours, then consumed within a 3-day span of time.
The flavor of each one of them is completely different because of this. Teas tend to have the first part of the flavor of the herb. And rarely contain a strong tang to the plant. But the infusions spend more time releasing the flavor in the water. This means that you can find a strong flavor that feels extremely leafy when consuming it. It makes it a no-no option for some people!
How to make perfect herbal infusions
Let’s delve into what makes a herbal infusion incredible! Now that you know that teas are different from herbal infusions, I’m sure that you’re ready to try them. The first thing you need to know is that you’re in for a ride. The flavors of herbal infusions are strong, and they are likely to take you by surprise at first.
So, how do you make sure that your herbal infusions are perfect? Here I’ll break it down for you to make flawless infusions:
Have all your utensils clean: infusions can change flavors if you use dirty utensils. It’s preferable to have a pot or kettle for boiling water and a set of jars to do them. The jars must have lids, and be boiled before you use them to ensure sterilization. This also allows you to get rid of previous flavors.
Prepare the ingredients: pick your herb or a combination of some, and place them in the clean jar. Remember the proportion of half to one cup of herb per cup of water. Double the amount if you’re using fresh herbs, as their flavor is softer.
Boil your water: each batch of infusion must have freshly boiled water to take out the flavors from the herbs. This means that you must pour it in your jar right of the heat source. This ensures that you really kick it off with a good start.
Let it cool: if you want, you can drink some right after pouring the hot water. But ideally, you should let it cool to room temperature, and then place it in the fridge. Avoid leaving it at room temperature for more than necessary for it to chill. This can lead to sourness in the flavor.
Pick your time and serve: ideally, you must leave them to cool down and steep for no less than 4 hours, then drink. At this point, you can add some extra flavors to your herbal infusions, such as freshly squeezed lime or a slice of lemon. You can also add some fruits to your infusion, or fresh herbs.
You can sweeten them up with honey (non-vegan option) or with Stevia, as herbal infusions are adverse to processed sugar. The nature of this ingredient can hide the complex flavors of the herbal infusion, so beware of it. Fresh fruits also add another layer of flavor, and strong-flavored ones like strawberries or pineapple are great additions to it!
Do you make herbal infusions? Then share your recipes with us! Here at Almond Pro, we love to see our customers’ experience! The best thing about these beverages is that you can use them in combination with other drinks to stay hydrated and nourished, such as a morning infusion combined with a delicious smoothie. Don’t forget to tag us and share your opinion with us!
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