8 Ways to Use Tea Bags Apart from Drinking the Brew

1.       Infuse Simple Syrups

Give your cakes and patisserie a whole new taste dimension with tea infused simple syrups. To make the syrup – equal parts of water and sugar, gently heat until the sugar dissolves. Add your tea bag of choice, depending on the flavour you are after, and leave to infuse until the syrup is cool.

The syrup can then be stirred into iced coffee, tea, brushed onto cakes, patisserie or other baked goods. 

Tea Syrups, make some for your tea cocktails or to brush onto your sponges and cakes
Tea Syrups

2.       Infuse Alcohol

Simply let a bag of tea seep in your favourite spirit for 15 minutes, to add  complexity and concentrated flavours to your cocktail.

3.       Make Tea Eggs

Steep hard boiled eggs by soaking them overnight in tea.  To get different colours, use green or black teas or herbal infusions. Classic Chinese tea eggs use black tea as well as aromatics to infused the already cooked eggs with a taste.

To make, boil the eggs, then crack the shells or completely peel, and soak the eggs for 12 hours in a steeped in your preferred tea flavour. 

4.       Relax With Green Tea Bag Masks

Natural and organic eye masks. Soak two green tea bags in warm water for 3-4 mins, remove and let it cool before you rest on your closed eye lids. The caffeine in green tea will help de-puff the gentle skin around your eyes and the antioxidants will refresh your skin.

atural and organic eye masks. Soak two green tea bags in warm water for 3-4 mins, remove and let it cool before you rest on your closed eye lids. The caffeine in green tea will help de-puff the gentle skin around your eyes and the antioxidants will refresh your skin.
Tea Bag Therapy – Puffy and Bags Under Your Eyes

5.       Use Herbal Tea in the Bathtub

Aromatic, stress-relieving and oh so good for you. Herbal tea is a blend of herbs, flowers, spices and dried fruit. Add 2-4 herbal tea bags to a warm bubble bath to soak in its goodness. 

6.       Paint with Tea

Add to your palate by using tea. Fill small bowls with boiling water, and infuse various flavours of tea in the water for several minutes. Vary seeping times for darker and lighter colours. Watercolour brushes work best with this technique, but you can get creative with sponges, potato stamps, or whatever tools best suit your creative mood. 

You can splash it across a large piece of paper, dry it and you get an antique looking writing paper.

7.       Make Cold Brew Tea to Go

Take a reusable water bottle, fill it up with water, and add a teabag. Seal the top so the string is easily accessible. Leave in the fridge overnight, remove the teabag on your way out, and you have a cold, delicious tea drink on the go.

8.       Compost Used Tea Leaves

Only ever use biodegradable tea bags, like Miss TeaSmith’s, add to your compost heap to add to help create plant fertilizer.