How to Prepare Chaga
Chaga has a number of health benefits, but one of the biggest questions is: how do I prepare it?
Preparation is key in order to extract all of the nutritional ingredients and antioxidants from the mushroom-like growth. Siberian Empire offers Chaga in three variations:
- Tea cut
Each of these options allow you to prepare the beverage as desired, while also ensuring you reap the most health benefits after consumption. Within each chunk of Chaga are antioxidants and nutritional minerals – but the tough outer exterior means an extraction process must take place in order to release those vital nutrients.
One of the most common forms of extraction is done using hot water, similar to the way you brew coffee or tea. A simple option is to place chunks of the Chaga into a cup of hot (not boiling) water and allow it to steep, thus opening up and releasing the healthy compounds. Once the Chaga is fully steeped, you simply strain the water and sip the beverage.
Making Chaga Tea
It’s important not to use boiling water with Chaga, as that will destroy many of the important active ingredients. Instead, bring water just to the boiling point – about 75 degrees Celsius (165 degrees Fahrenheit) and then reduce the heat just before the water starts to simmer. Optimal steeping time for Chaga is about 15 minutes.
Another option for preparing Chaga is to use a grated form of the mushroom, which will infuse the water even faster. Fill a tea strainer with the ground substance and then place in water, allowing it to infuse for at least 10 minutes before enjoying. While using tea cut Chaga is faster, some loss of nutrients is to be expected compared to using the chunks.
Alternative Ways to Consume Chaga
While consuming Chaga as a tea is the most popular, there are also other creative ways to incorporate this superfood into your diet.
You can sprinkle some of the Chaga powder on finished dishes or as a spice for sauces that don’t reach boiling point. Since Chaga is generally flavourless, you don’t have to worry about it altering the taste of your dish!
Try incorporating Chaga powder into your coffee and prepare it using a drip coffee machine or French press in a similar fashion as to making tea – a healthy dose of antioxidants and minerals with your morning coffee is a great way to start the day.
Add Chaga to your:
- Fruit juices or smoothies
- Protein shakes
There are no limits to how you can prepare Chaga – use it to fit your lifestyle and reap the health benefits with every meal!