I have two sticking points in life. The first is that I don't like to be wrong and the second is that I don't like to be wasteful. So when I brought home a new tea that I was sure would be aromatic and delicious, I was saddened to discover that it was so sweet it was practically undrinkable. So what's a girl to do?
The tea in question is the one pictured above and although it smells like apple pie and wonderful warm winter spices, it was just too sweet. I'm not a fan of sweet tea in hot or iced tea form (I was never destined to live in the South, clearly).
But the idea of having a $4 box of tea just going to waste seemed sad. For years I've usually used gross teas, or just those that need to be used up faster than I was drinking them, in biscotti. Also, lucky for me, Emma posted this delicious Buttermilk Quick Bread recipe yesterday. I tore open 6 packages of tea and tossed them in the mix (roughly 3 tablespoons).
The aroma coming out of the oven was magnificent. The tea mix added spice flavor without the sweetness that accompanied the brewed tea itself. It was a match made in heaven and the same idea could be used with an already flavored bread. I could see adding the tea to my favorite banana bread as well! A glaze for the top could have contained the rest of the tea and the box would have been finished and out of my pantry completely!
How do you get rid of tea that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Are you ok with tossing it? Give it to friends? Or do you bake with it like I do? Share your ideas in the comments below.
Related: Recipe: Earl Grey Tea Cookies
(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)