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Cooking with a delicate flavor like tea requires the best that your brew can offer. That means you’ll want to be a little more precise with your tea leaves than to drown them in boiling water. Our tea recipes use different kinds of tea, which require different water temperatures to get the most from each brew. Start with a water boiler that can control temperatures for best results, then watch what happens when the magic of tea brings these dishes to life!
With tea being an essential ingredient in these recipes, start with quality leaves and preserve their excellence by taking care to brew them at the correct temperature.
A milky smooth gelatin dessert, finished with the unique aroma of Earl Grey.
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Tender morsels of ground chicken, with the bitterness of tea tannin lending a hand to keep the chicken formed and together, also instills a pleasant aroma to this dish.
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Theanine, an amino acid that resides in green tea and gives it umami, combines with the Inosinic acid found in chicken, a flavor enhancer. The result is an increase in umami and a very complex taste!
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Also known as Tasseomancy or Tassology, it is the practice of fortune telling by reading tea leaves. Although tea reading undoubtedly started in ancient China, where tea originates, Western tasseography has been quite popular since the 17th Century, when Dutch merchants first introduced tea to Europe. Many experts in the art of reading your future from tea leaves have published books on the subject. And if you’re interested, you can even find special cups and saucers that will help you read the tea.
So how does tea reading work? Like any method of trying to read into the future, the seer, or fortune teller, attempts to gain insight by interpreting what they see in a natural occurrence. In this case, the natural occurrence is the way the tea leaves form random shapes, left in the bottom of the cup after all the liquid is gone.
Certain shapes have a universally recognized symbolism, such as a snake shape that could mean a lie or an enemy, or a shovel shape that indicates good fortune through hard work, or a house shape which can bring change or success. You see the shapes in your cup of tea, and the rest is up to your imagination. Tea readers say they interpret symbols from the outer rim of the cup first and go clockwise. Leaves closer to the edge represent the immediate future, while leaves closer to the center represent events several months ahead.
If you want to try at home, there are tea reading cups available that help you read the leaves. The Zodiac Cups have imprinted astrological signs which combine Astrology and Tasseography. Playing Card Cups have tiny images of a deck of playing cards, combining tea reading and the Tarot. And there are of course Symbol Cups that are decorated with various common shapes, so you can identify what the tea leaves look like and what they represent. Sound like fun? Why not try it next time?
The Japanese sign of good luck in tea is a tea stem which floats vertically in your cup. Chabashira literally means “tea post” or “tea pillar”. Although you may not see this very often anymore unless you’re a connoisseur of loose leaf green tea, the floating tea stem is unusual enough that it is thought to bring tranquility and good fortune to your family. The vertical stem signifies the straightness and stability of the central pillar of your house. In reality, (and not as fun) story is that a tea merchant came up with the good luck angle to offset his lower grade quality tea, which always contains more stems than the more expensive fine grade. Brilliant marketing! But if you should see a floating stem in your cup of tea, just believe you’re going to have a great day!
At Zojirushi, cleanability is one of the important aspects we consider when developing a product. A nonstick coating is one of those features that helps keep a product clean, and easy to clean when needed.
However, we’ve heard our customers voice their concerns over the use of nonstick coatings, and their preference to avoid them. So here it is, our new water boiler without a nonstick coating!
  Best for black and herbal teas, pour over coffee, instant noodles.   Best for oolong teas; up to 20% energy savings vs. 208°F.   Best for green teas like sencha, genmaicha, matcha. Also white teas.   Best for delicate, high quality green teas like gyokuro.  
Optional mode that heats water to a desired temperature without needing to reach boiling first--saving time and energy.

Room temperature of 73˚F / 23˚C with the Inner Container filled to the Maximum Water Level Line.

  All Zojirushi water boilers have stainless steel interiors, but this is the first in recent years without a nonstick coating. While the performance of the water boiler is the same—rust stains, calcium buildup and discolorations will be more noticeable than with our coated models. Although not harmful to your health, calcium buildup may lead to louder boiling noises than usual, or prevent water from dispensing smoothly. To remedy this, we recommend cleaning the pot with citric acid regularly.
1.   Dissolve 30g of citric acid with warm water in cup.
2.   Add to the boiler, and fill with cold water to the MAX line.
3.   Boil water and keep warm for 1-3 hours.
4.   Dispose the water. Be careful, as the water and boiler will be hot.
5.   Fill with water again, boil and dispense a cup to rinse out the spout—dispose the remaining water before use.
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