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  • #8077

    tarastyme
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    *well i guess since we are being honest……i don’t drink tea every day….

  • #8064

    tarastyme
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    How fun!

  • #8023

    tarastyme
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    *Thanks @liberteas!  i also brine my turkey usually with just water and kosher salt over night.  i am very excited about using tea instead of water or even other liquids.  tomorrow for the 4th I am going to try slow cooking a brisket in lapsang.  cross your fingers!  i think it will turn out well.

  • #8019

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    * all those recipes sounds amazing.  i am really going to try some of these.  @liberteas, i would like to try the turkey, what kind of Oolong did you use and just random spices?  i was going to try a brisket cooked in a lapsang as @Butiki teas mentioned.  we will see how it turns out!  Thanks for all the great ideas!

  • #8001

    tarastyme
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    * I wish I could post this discussion on twitter or facebook….very educational….and humerous at the same time.

  • #7869

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    *@peter, I had no idea you did not like the idea of tea and health benefits.  I think that is very interesting.  There is a very big trend right now in America to get off of sugar drinks and heavy coffee drinks and switch over to tea.  Sugar itself and even caffeine are not particularly “bad” for you but too much of anything is not good.  I always try to do things in moderation.   I started drinking tea for health purposes.  I wanted to replace my sugar pop’s and drinks that stated they were healthy but had aspartame or other chemical products that can lead to serious health issues.  

    However over the years I have also learned that you cannot believe everything you read and many times “experts” change their tune depending on the new “fad”.  It was once said that green tea had the highest amount of antioxidants but now “they” are saying black tea does.  I think most of this stuff should be taken in stride.  I have also learned over the years to actually love the taste of tea.  At first I drank the common tea bag from the box store but now I am particular about my tea because I actually enjoy the taste of it and am not just drinking it for “health” purposes.  Although, I have also found that there are tea’s out there that are not particularly good for you. There are companies that process the tea with sprays and who knows what else.  I think there are many tea’s out there that are not even tea.  

    Health and what I put into my body is very important to me.  It is why I live on a farm and raise my own food.  I don’t trust the food industry.  I eat red meat but raise it myself or buy it from a local farmer.  My tea is also important to me.  I care about the process of it.  I actually just got a account with an organic restaurant that wants to get away from processed items and will now serve my whole leaf tea that has no preservatives. We are being carried in health food stores and also picking up more and more healthy living restaurants that only serve local farm raised food.  Tea is the same thing.  Just because your drinking tea does not particularly mean it is healthy.  It depends on the tea your drinking and where the tea came from.  

    Tea has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes.  This is not a new thing.  America is just a little slow on the uptake and tends to be very consumed with Western medicine.  I think it is a good thing that people are trying to get away from processed food and  drink and try to go to a more “natural” lifestyle.  But I also agree that we need to be careful on “health claims”. 

  • #7788

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    @peter ok that image was a little disturbing 😉  i think it would be somewhat painful to be out in the field without a shirt. 

  • #7782

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    Peter said:
    @tarastyme – how does one farm while drinking tea?

    I have a visual image of you dusting yourself off, unfolding a small stool and table that you carried out to the fields with you and pouring out a cuppa into some nice china (though not sure how that found its way out to field…!)

    @peter and @bram you guys are funny! I should actually try that and take a picture of me holding a pitch fork and a nice cup of tea :mrgreen: I actually pour my tea into my stainless steel water bottle a lot and take it with me in the car or out in the garden. Sometimes I add ice if it is a hot day.

  • #7778

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    Fun! I do a lot of things while drinking tea. I cook, clean, farm, take pictures, relax, read, watch tv, drive, work, and sometimes just stand there with a “dumb” look on my face 😀

  • #7776

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    bram said:
    @tarastyme: just blog. You now have an excellent example of how not to do it and several suggestions of how to write a proper blog post. Learn from it. Success, have fun and good tea.

    thanks Bram! i have actually just done my blog but working on the look of it. when i first started i took the wrong approach (in my opinion) and made it a “research paper”. i have been writing research papers and doing government documentation for the past 20 years so trying to “break bad habits”. I want to have fun! it is why i started doing all of this in the first place. and no matter what always have good tea!

  • #7773

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    Interesting conversation 😉 some good advice on blogging. I am new to this “blogging” thing. I am still working on mine and I agree with Peter, it is a work of “art” a part of me so I want it to come out as me, not something I am not. I am now a little hesitant because my blog will not always be about tea, although my intent is to mention tea and tea experiences as much as possible. Ultimately, I want people to enjoy my blog, get some information, and laugh!

  • #7683

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    Xavier said:
    Welcome @tarastyme

    I never went to any other tea websites and forums so I can’t tell you anything about them but what I know from my experience is that good forums are those welcoming anyone and with a lot of friendly people in it.

    Thanks Xavier! it is nice to feel welcomed!

  • #7682

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    said:
    I looked at reddit but I’m put off by the visual aspects. It looks like a relic. Why does it have to look so outdated? I know it’s “a source for what’s new online” but its design, or lack of it doesn’t make me feel the “new”, or the excitement of the new. Anyway, maybe to me it’s “another” social network and since it hasn’t managed to hook me, I tend to forget about it.
    Steepster: It’s no secret that I don’t post there. Like @peter I don’t write tea reviews, unlike him I think I’ve never even written one, not even on Leafbox Tea. As to reading about them? I do sometimes look up reviews, if I hear about a tea that’s new to me, and that I’m very interested in trying. Sometimes I take a quick look at their forum to see what’s being talked about, but it’s more for assessment. My thinking is, and you can’t really blame me for that, that I want the conversation to happen here, not there – Why would I go and chit chat there, when I can chit chat here, and quite a few Steepsters are on here anyway. Besides Tea Trade keeps me plenty busy.
    Recently I’ve used twitter less, although I’m still fond of it, and I’ve made some lovely friendships there. @lahikmajoe is someone we met there, and then actually met in real life. @xavier online first too. Later we met @iheartteas‘ husband Ralph. I’ve video chatted so often with several others of you, it feels like we meet for real. I recommend twitter to anyone. Of course the thing is with twitter, you get so many tweets in your timeline that you have to try and skim through to find those updates you’re really interested in. I recommend lists!
    One really cool thing about Tea Trade to me is that I’m interested in all the updates here because I know we all share a common interest, and that’s tea. You all connect tea in some way to your everyday life, and how you do that, and what tea means to you in that context is interesting.
    Anyway to sum it up @tarastyme, you’re in the right place. We’re happy you’re here.
    J.

    thanks for the input Jackie! I agree. tea trade so far is fun and easy to use. so thank you! i think there is so much out there that one could get completely consumed by it all. i don’t want to spend all my tyme on the internet i want to spend my tyme enjoying tea, farming and photography. we are coming up on summer and i have a world of work to do. so i am glad i found this forum for some interaction and i will not concern myself with the rest. i am on facebook, twitter, pinterest and now tea trader and that seems like enough to me.

  • #7665

    tarastyme
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    thank you for your reply peter! i was so lost on reddit that i didn’t even find the “tea group”. i think i will just give it a rest and limit myself to what i like and feel good with. so far i am liking this group and interaction. very easy to navigate and interact. by the way i really like your hitchhiker’s guide to tea!

  • #7663

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    said:
    @tarastyme – you drink catnip? Is there no danger of rolling around on the carpet like high kitty? ; )

    that is funny! catnip is a great herb for digestive and calming. but i would not recommend buying it in a box with a cat on it or in a scratching post. it does make you feel “soft and fuzzy”!

  • #7657

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    That is a funny title…..sounds like a college drinking challenge 😉 I agree with the last statement that caffeine isn’t the reason I can’t sleep. If I drink too much before bed I am getting up for other personal reasons. I do however have at least two cups of “tea” before bed. I put that in quotes because I guess I cannot officially call it “tea”. I usually drink a rooibos before bed because it is calming and does not have caffeine. Right now I am drinking a Jasmine Rooibos which has a very soothing effect. For sometime I mixed chamomile, lemongrass, and catnip. It worked great in putting me right to sleep. But again, I guess you can’t call this tea. We also carry some “decaf” black tea’s (my favorite is the french vanilla) they are not particulary decaffenated but have reduced caffeine levels around 5-10mg. Which is very minute.

    Here is a technique to reduce caffenine levels- if you want to take the tyme 😉

    Place the tea in your warmed pot, pour some hot water into it — just enough to cover the leaves — wait 30 ~ 45 seconds, then pour off and discard the water. Refill the pot with hot water and steep as usual. This removes 50% to 70% of the caffeine!

  • #7622

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    There is always someone that knows more. I have been drinking tea for years and have my own preferences and also my own opinions. People don’t always agree with either one of those. I have felt intimidated because I am still learning about tea itself. Tea has been around for thousands of years and it is very difficult to absorb all the knowledge. I have been lucky in that the individuals I work with have many years of experience and knowledge. I also do a lot of reading and research.

    Recently I felt intimidated because I tried to convey some simple information but was told I was wrong yet was not told what I was wrong about, which was really confusing and frustrating. It makes me not want to continue conveying information because maybe I didn’t completely understand what I was conveying or maybe it was something else. Either way it left me feeling a little insecure and intimated.

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