What is a Chai concentrate and why would I want to make one anyway?
A Chai concentrate, as the word suggest, is a concentrated version brewed without milk and sometimes without sugar. The idea is that once is done, it can be kept refrigerated and used as you needed by mixing equals parts of the concentrate and milk, eliminating the need to brew a cup from scratch all the time. When done properly it can be quite good!
Aren't there a lot of Chai concentrates already available to buy? Why would I want to make my own?
You may remember few months ago we were trying to get into the business of developing our own concentrate. We figure we could make a better one, but soon we realized that in order to have a product on the shelves, it must have a shelf life of at least 6 months and so a preservative must be used. In most cases, the one of choice to lower the PH is citric acid. To counteract the flavor of such acid, large amounts of sugars are needed. The end result once mixed with milk is NOT what I would call Masala Chai.
Once you make your own concentrate following our recipe, you will be amazed at the taste and the simplicity that it takes to make yourself either a cup of Hot Chai or a refreshing glass of Iced Chai. Plus you will avoid having to ingest preservatives and loads of sugars.
This recipe will give you a 64oz or Half Gallon of concentrate.
1) Bring 96 oz (3/4 of a gallon) of water to boil
2) Add a full 4oz bag of our Original Masala Chai It has won first place 2 years in a row at the North American Tea Championship, so technically speaking, its the VERY BEST Chai in the country :)
3) Add 100gr or 4oz of sugar, organic cane sugar preferred.
4) Wait until it boils and let it simmer for 10 minutes, stirring ocassionally.
5) Strain and bottle in a glass jar. If you dont have a 64oz glass jar you can use 2 x 32 oz or more bottles if needed, glass preffered.
6) Let it cool down in the fridge overnight.
Done! Next morning all yo have to do is mix equal parts of milk and concentrate and either heat over the stove or serve over ice :)