Cooking with Rooibos

Cooking with Rooibos

Rooibos is ideal in food preparation - simply use it as a substitute for water or milk in any recipe. Rooibos complements and intensifies the natural flavours of food. It is also a natural tenderiser, which makes it a perfect base for meat and chicken marinades.

Apart from being a healthy and refreshing drink in its own right, it is prefect for diluting fruit juices or concentrates.

The mineral content of Rooibos also supplements the nutritional value of foods and drinks. Rooibos contains several essential minerals our bodies need, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and sodium, as well as the trace elements copper and manganese. The flavonoids and tannins in Rooibos are proven antioxidants that help the body fight free radicals.

Rooibos is completely pure and naturally caffeine free.

HOW TO PREPARE ROOIBOS FOR USE IN RECIPES
Different recipes will require different strengths of Rooibos. Use these guidelines to prepare Rooibos according to your taste:

VERY STRONG ROOIBOS
12 Rooibos tea bags in 500ml boiling water, allow to infuse for 15 minutes.

STRONG ROOIBOS
6 Rooibos tea bags in 500ml boiling water, allow to infuse for 15 minutes.

MEDIUM-STRENGTH ROOIBOS
3 Rooibos tea bags in 500ml boiling water, allow to infuse for 15 minutes.

HOW TO SMOKE MEAT WITH ROOIBOS TEA LEAVES
You can either smoke meat – such as chicken, ostrich, duck or springbok – in a smoker or in a saucepan on the stove.

STOVE-TOP METHOD

  • Place Rooibos tea leaves in a large saucepan that has been heated.
  • Set the stove on high.
  • Insert a rack (e.g. a cooling rack) into the saucepan and place the meat on the rack.
  • When the Rooibos is really smoking, cover tightly with a lid, foil or another saucepan, inverted.
  • Turn off the heat, as you do not want an overpowering smoky flavour.
  • Allow to smoke for 7 to 10 minutes.
  • HINTS AND TIPS

    • Replace the liquid in stews and casseroles with Rooibos. It adds a rich aroma and it also tenderises the meat.
    • Add Rooibos to sauces and soups for extra flavour, or use it to dissolve stock cubes.
    • Store Rooibos tea bags or leaves in an airtight container. Rooibos can be kept for a long period without losing its colour or taste.
    • Keep prepared Rooibos in the fridge for later use.
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