What do you do with your "shake?"

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What do you do with your "shake?"

by jackdaniel » Oct 15th 09 12:56 am

I'm not sure if this is the correct location for this topic, but I find I get my most "shake" from pu.

So, what do you do with the leftover dust, flakes, shavings, tiny little pieces left over after prying apart a nice cake? I've been discarding the dust, but can I mix the various ones and make tea bags? Would it be bad to mix the sheng and shu?

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by Maitre_Tea » Oct 15th 09 1:01 am

I keep it in a tin, and I find that it smells kinda nice. Haven't reached a state where I have a bunch, but I would love to brew it (with a strainer of course) and seeing what kind of crazy concoction I would get. I imagine it would be like being hit by a truck, or like a brick to the head...I don't know about mixing sheng and shu, but I would keep it separate for now, and maybe would mix them later on in small doses to see what kind of brew it makes.

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by Zanaspus » Oct 15th 09 3:31 am

The "dust" I simply toss, but the small broken leaves I tend to brew with larger pieces. I like the extra kick. :wink:

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by brandon » Oct 15th 09 3:37 am

If it isn't too much (I try to be neat), I either brew it right then, or wrap it up with the beeng.

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by odarwin » Oct 15th 09 1:29 pm

or maybe feed a new pot with it?

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by bearsbearsbears » Oct 15th 09 4:52 pm

Zanaspus wrote:The "dust" I simply toss, but the small broken leaves I tend to brew with larger pieces. I like the extra kick. :wink:
+1 (for pu I intend to finish)

If it's leftovers of samples I tried and didn't want to buy, I throw them in a jar, cover the lid hole with thin cloth, and put it in my storage. Should be interesting to take random bits out of it in 30 years. :mrgreen:

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by Dizzwave » Oct 15th 09 5:22 pm

I keep mine (dust and tiny leaves) in a little cardboard tuocha box. Sheng and shu mixed. I haven't tried it yet, but figure it'll make interesting teabags someday.... more interesting than what I can get at most restaurants anyway.

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by nonc_ron » Oct 15th 09 7:32 pm

I hate to throw anything away, that prompted me to buy.
a set of small spice canisters. (Ideal for storing shake)
Some U-fill Tea bags and the shake and you have the ingredients to make iced tea. It's harder to taste cold tea so it needs to be stronger anyway.
I also have some loose leaf Darjeeling Oolong (2 yr.old & mild taste)
Thats all I need to blend the prefect iced tea.
See, not being able to throw anything away Can be a positive thing. :wink:

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by Drax » Oct 15th 09 10:09 pm

I collect my shakes in a tin as well. I bought some bagged green tea awhile ago -- the brand escapes me at the moment, but it came in a nifty squarish tin with a japanese or chinese scene on the outside. The best part about it is that it has no logo emblazoned on it, so it looks pretty nice, too. The tea in the tin smells absolutely wonderful!

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by Canadiangal » Oct 18th 09 10:40 am

I hate wasting tea and I have some crumbly bits of green tea and I'm just brewing them with the regular leaves.
Bought some rolled up green tea and some at the bottom of the bag was broken (not much maybe 2 spoonfulls) and I usually brew my tea then pass through a mesh strainer as I have no tea pot here....

The tea seems to taste fine so far....

I don't think I would mix green and black tea together though,would just keep those in small jars until mostly full and use for flavored tea or iced tea.

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by shogun89 » Oct 18th 09 2:11 pm

I will usually brew it with the full leaves, it gives it a nice kick, as mentioned above :D

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by apache » Oct 20th 09 6:50 am

I use this for all the dust and shaving.

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by cha-fu » Nov 3rd 09 8:39 am

I usually make tea bags from "shake" with heat sealable tea bags like this (http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=1048). It makes clean up much easier.

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by nonc_ron » Nov 5th 09 7:24 pm

cha-fu wrote:I usually make tea bags from "shake" with heat sealable tea bags like this (http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=1048). It makes clean up much easier.
What flavors glue do they have? :)

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Re: What do you do with your "shake?"

by cha-fu » Nov 7th 09 8:40 pm

nonc_ron wrote:What flavors glue do they have? :)
That's a good one. Very funny. :lol:

I had my doubt before I purchased heat seal tea bags. The tea bags are made of nonwoven fabric, same material used in some black/green tea bags. The opening can be sealed with hot iron and no glue is required. Didn't taste any "added" flavor when I used in a thermos. This is very convenient when traveling, BTW. :D
shake_in_tea_bag.jpg
I considered drawstring tea bags and tea bags with a lid (fold to close and no need for hot iron). Didn't go with these two types, since (fine) power could escape from tea bags.
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