Chaga can be made in the crockpot. It can be reused to make several batches of tea, mix the tea with your coffee to take away acid in the coffee.
For Hot Tea:
Bring 12 cups of water almost to boiling point (175 degrees)- turn down to low & add one of the following:
1- Chaga Tea Bag or 1/4 cup Tea Grind and steep approx. 5-8 hrs.
1/2 Cup Chaga Chunks (from the 8 oz. or 1 lb. bags) and steep for 6-8 hrs.
1-Chaga ThermO Teabag per 36 oz. vacuum bottle (let steep overnight).
“Bulk” Chaga (in our 2 lb. + bags) contain larger chunks – use approx. 3-5 larger pieces.
Steep on the stove at the lowest setting (#1-2). Many people are now using Crock Pots to brew the Tea overnight. Longer brew times yield a stronger Tea. Smaller Chaga particles (Tea Grind vs. a big Chunks) appear to yield a quicker brew time.
Avoid “boiling” the Tea, but allow it to “steep” and be hot enough, where you’d see wisps of steam coming off the Tea but not “boiling bubbles”. If using Chunks or Grind, you would strain with a strainer or cheesecloth (not necessary if using the tea bags we offer).
REMEMBER, you can make another 12 cup pot of Tea with that same Chaga! Some people even brew a third time.
If drinking 4 cups daily, you’ll have enough for 3 days. Once you brew your first pot of tea, you can either brew another 12 cup pot immediately using the same Chaga or you can freeze that Chaga until you are ready to brew your second pot. We use our Tea Grind and Chunks twice only.
<h2?For Iced Tea:
Let the brewed Tea cool and add freshly squeezed lemon & natural honey (and now my favorite natural sweetener is Pure Maple Syrup) to flavor and refrigerate. Add a fresh sprig of Mint (energy booster) or grated Cinnamon.
Try mixing Chaga Tea half and half with beer for a refreshing drink! Or make Chaga Ice Cubes with your Tea and add to your favorite summer drinks or to those Smoothies, Cappuccinos, Slushies and Frappucchinos. Making the ice cubes is also a great way for storing your Chaga for months ahead of time, and is ready for use when you are!
If you’re not sensitive to “scents”, don’t throw out those used up Chaga Chunks, dry them out and burn them as Incense! The aroma of burning Chaga is truly amazing!