For the past two weeks we've been on a journey together discovering the ins and outs of homemade masala chai.
Let us take a moment to pause and reflect:
Day 1 introduced us to all the goodness and joy that is to be had when cupping a warm mug of sweet and spicy milk tea between the palms of our hands.
Day 2 highlighted the amazing healing power of the majority of the spices in this drink.
Day 3 included a basic understanding of one of the cardinal spices of masala chai, cardamom, and why I sometimes spit and make my son proud.
Day 4 made me believe that I was a Chai Wallah in a past life.
Day 5 now keeps me from sneezing all over my kitchen.
Day 6 is making me think of snowboarding. Perhaps it is the beautiful shape of that star anise that is causing me to dream of the stars in the big mountain sky the last time I went night skiing.
Day 7 made me stop whatever it was I was doing to stare at another of nature's magnificent designs.
Day 8 has got me thinking of snowboarding again. Perhaps it is because the ginger in my chai makes me think of fireworks which is making me think of the fireworks in the big mountain sky the last time I went night skiing. Yes, night skiing is pretty darn cool in my book.
Day 9 got me thinking that twelve days is possibly ten days too long to write on any single topic.
Day 10 reminded me why I'll write on my favorite topic for as many days as it takes, because this topic is just too dang sweet to skim through.
Day 11, well here we are, talking storage.
A few observations about storing chai concentrate:
Glass or ceramic containers are ideal, especially since I pour the boiling hot mixture directly into the storage container. I feel less toxic this way.
The concentrate tastes remarkably better after it has sat in the refrigerator overnight.
It stores for up to one week in the refrigerator.
It makes good sense to make a batch that will last about a week to maximize your brewing efforts. In your calculations, do remember all of the friends who will be stopping by for a spot of afternoon tea. Brew extra for them.
Day 12 will reveal the method to my madness.
This woman's voice is magnificent! Have a listen, friends.
Adele - Rolling In The Deep