Green Tea Sludge?


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Green Tea Sludge?

Postby hopeofdawn » Apr 26th, '12, 16:20

So I've been trying to explore more of the Japanese teas out there, however I keep running into a recurring problem--namely, the green tea-sludge left at the bottom of my pot when I'm done. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I find it very obnoxious (and more than a little gross) to clean out--it doesn't come out neatly like whole leaves do, and since I know better than to dump the stuff in my garbage disposal, I end up having to scoop out what I can of the green sludgy mess out of the pot with my fingers before rinsing out the rest, which is not exactly a fun process.

So maybe this is a bit of a silly question, but--am I doing this completely wrong? Is there any easier/better way to do this? Some tool or technique I should use? I do I just need to resign myself to green sludge being the price I pay for a tea-drinking session? :roll:
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby Chip » Apr 26th, '12, 16:32

I am guessing you are talking about sencha, especially fukamushi?

I never touch the leaves. I first dump into the trash ... this usually requires a few jerking motions. This usually gets rid of half or more of the leaves.

I then put a strainer over the drain, you can pick them up for a buck in dollar stores. Or Korean stands and stores always seem to have them.

I just spray water into the kyusu and dump into the strainer til all is gone. Then tap/dump into the trash. The tiny bit that remains I do rinse into the drain, but it is miniscule amount of leaf.

Last thing I do is dip the kyusu into very hot water ... this helps it dry out completely much faster.

The strainer gets yucky after a while, but for a buck you can replace it every so often.
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby teaisme » Apr 26th, '12, 17:15

If you don't want to touch the leaves, you could just overfill the pot with water and dump everything into a big container/bowl, a couple of rinses should do the trick, then take the container outside and dump it into nature
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby woozl » Apr 26th, '12, 17:20

I do similar to Chip but I recommend composting the spent leafs of all teas :mrgreen:
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby Chip » Apr 26th, '12, 17:32

+1

I am a fanatical recycler! :mrgreen: Go green ...
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby Stentor » Apr 26th, '12, 22:15

I use a small wooden spoon to scoop out most of the leaves.
Then I rinse under the tap until the rest is gone.
Some sticky ones may have to be removed with a toothbrush.
When I'm done I do a final rinse with boiling water (hot pot drys faster).
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby hopeofdawn » Apr 27th, '12, 11:06

Thanks for all the ideas--I definitely hadn't thought of the bowl of water/strainer idea! Though I wonder if it's possible to get a biodegradable/natural strainer of some kind, so that I won't feel guilty about throwing yet another bit of plastic into the landfill every year or so? A wicker basket or something, maybe? Hmm ... Sadly, composting is tricky since I live in a condo complex .... I have to be sneaky about it!

Stentor, thank you for the wooden spoon suggestion--I don't have anything that small, but it's definitely something I could pick up!
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby iannon » Apr 27th, '12, 18:17

woozl wrote:I do similar to Chip but I recommend composting the spent leafs of all teas :mrgreen:

Same here as Chip..I also compost or give it to my chickens
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Postby Brandty » May 2nd, '12, 17:26

I'm new here , nice thread!
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby Chip » May 2nd, '12, 17:46

Brandty wrote:I'm new here , nice thread!


... sometimes I mix it with spam (and spammers and all sorts of annoying trolls).

I grind it all up in a chipper a la "Fargo!" :idea:
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Re: Green Tea Sludge?

Postby AdamMY » May 2nd, '12, 20:00

I always called it Senchia-Mache.
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