Savory tea


If there’s one person who loves tea, it’s me. Besides usual teas, I often make herbal blends from the garden, adding spices and fruits—no caffeine, just fresh ingredients. But sometimes I need something warm, comforting and salty. So I make a savory tea. You might wonder if it’s a kind of soup or broth…and actually, a savory tea starts like a broth that you can sip throughout the day instead of tea when you need something healthy and salty. With a little advance planning, this mug of soothing homemade vegetable beverage is a new way to add comfort to your cold days.

Herbal savory tea

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Enjoy a mug of savory tea, made with fresh vegetables a soothing drink for cold days.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Soup pot
  • Mug

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion - chopped in chunks
  • 1 small carrot - chopped in chunks
  • 1 small potato - peeled and quartered
  • 2 liter cold water
  • 2 pinches Coarse sea salt - to taste
Onion, carrot, and potato bring natural sweetness to the savory tea. Feel free to experiment with other vegetables. However, keep the quantity moderate to avoid a thick consistency if you choose to blend your tea. My suggestions is to use a small quantity of vegetables and two-three different once to appreciate their flavor.

Instructions

  • Add all the chopped vegetables to a pot. Pour cold water and add salt. 
  • Cover with a lid and set the heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are softened and pierce easily with a fork.
  • Let the savory tea cool a bit. You can either enjoy the infused water or blend the vegetables for added fiber.
  • Pour the savory tea into a mug and drink it warm.

Notes

Variation
There are endless possibilities for customizing your savory tea. Consider adding:
  • Herbs: thyme, bay leaf, rosemary.
  • Spices: black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg.
  • Greens: 2-3 leaves of spinach, kale, chard.
  • Other vegetables: sweet potatoes, squash.
Storage
The savory tea can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
To prepare in advance
You can prepare the savory tea 1- 2 days before or hours before serving the soup.
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