RECIPES / IDEAS / TIPPS FOR THE
PAKURI - CHAGA - BIRKENPILZ
Instructions to prepare the chagapowder the most common way:
In a pot with about 1 to 1.5 litres:
2 teaspoons chagapowder
The more powder and the longer the cooking time the darker and stronger your tea will get.
Bring the water to a light boil - it should get around 80 ºC and then let it cook with low heat (sub-simmer) for about 15 minutes.
Take it from the hotplate and let it steep for around 5 minutes.
The powder sinks to the bottom.
If the pot is almost empty - fill it again up with water. (do not steer the grounds away) Let it get hot and sub-simmer it again for around 25 minutes.
Enjoy your second portion.
With the next boil the cooking time is 35-40 minutes.
As long as color is delivered, active ingredients are released. And that is long. It just needs with every new preparation longer cooking.
You can let it boil for up to 2 hours.
Do NOT steer away the grounds in the pot at the end of the day.
On the next day you can add another teaspoon of chaga powder and cook it in the same way as the day before.
The following day add again 1 teaspoon and so on ...
You can do that for several days.
If wanted you can add as a taste variety: star anise, cardamom, cinammon, mint, honey, liquorice etc.
But it tastes also pure very good ...
Chaga-Sima / Chaga-Met
- 10 litres chaga-tea (prepared as above)
- 1 kilo good quality honey
- 4 untreated lemons
- about 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 5-10 raisins or goji berries / bottle
Wash the untreated lemons very good. Then peel them. Take away the white part of the lemons (bitter) and then cut it in stripes.
Add in a big container (pot, bucket, ...) the warm tea, the honey, the lemonstripes and the thin lemon peels. Steer well.
Sprinkle the dry yeast on the surface of the handwarm liquid.
Cover the container with a towel and let it rest for 1,5 - 2 days in room temperature.
Fill the liquid through a filter into bottles.
Add into every bottle 5-10 raisins or goji berries. Close the bottles with crown caps, cork or other bottle caps of plastic. Put them into cool environment.
Do not add the settled yeast on the bottom of the container to the bottles.
To cool the bottles is very important as by the fermentation the pressure in the bottles could get too high. Danger of burst!
After about 3 days the drink is ready. The raisins or the berries raise to the bottleneck.
Sima is a traditional Finnish drink that is drunk on the 1st of May. But it tastes great throughout the year.
It is believed that the Sima descended from Germanic mead nectar. The mead was said that it brought a long life to the Germanics. - If there was used a chaga-tea instead of water - I can believe that immediately!
Strong tea from a thermos pot
Ideal if you have too leave early in the morning and you like a strong chaga drink ready to take with you.
Give hot water (about 80 degrees) into a 1 litre thermo
add 5 teaspoons Chagapowder,
some fresh ginger
and honey, depending on taste preferences
let it steep in the thermos overnight.
The ingredients of chaga can dissolve in oil.
Many people use the chaga-oil for massages, for skin blemishes, pigmentation defects, psoriasis, etc.
But also internally, the oil can be applied perfectly.
Even as a basis to prepare chocolate it is suitable. For drinking, over the dessert (ice cream) - there are many possibilities.
Our chagapowder is suitable for preparing own chaga-oil. However, you could grind the powder little more. For example with a coffee grinder to the finest level. It should work well also in the current milling. But if you want to grind it more be careful when grinding because the powder produces very fine dust. So wait a bit before opening the lid of the mill.
The simplest form of making chaga-oil is with olive oil.
In ratio of 1 teaspoon chagapowder to 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
After just one night the ingredients dissolve. But the longer - the better.
Great to use over fresh salad.
If you want to create an even more high-quality oil, then think of lanolin as possibly the best basis.
Here a small guideline how to make own chaga-oil in high-quality:
Melt the desired base fat, so that it reaches a liquid state: cocoa butter, cold pressed coconut oil, butter, lanolin, or any liquid, high-quality vegetable oil.
You can also mix several types of fats together.
Also suitable: jojoba, shea butter, olive oil, almond oil or hemp oil.
The basic fat should be heated up to 40 - 50 degrees. Not higher.
Add the chagapowder.
To the slightly simmering (bubble slightly, simmer leave with slight heat) base fat add the finely grounded chaga.
A strong oil you get in the ratio of 3:2, 3 parts base fat, 2 parts chagapowder.
You can also use less chaga.
Stir the powder into the oil and then let it simmer under light heat for 6 - 24 hours. In between, stirring occasionally.
After the second step, the oil must be sieved. eg. with a very fine metal sieve or a fine nylon sieve.
The powder should be pressed out as much as possible to obtain many ingredients from the chaga.
From the leftover powder still a tea can be prepared.
Best suitable are containers of glass - just like a jam jar or similiar.
If you wish a more solid consistency, similar to a salve/cream, you can add bee wax before filling to get it more salve-/creamlike.
- The chaga leftover grounds is ideal to be further processed into bread or cake batter.
- With the tea you can cook soups.
- Use the tea to prepare smoothies.
- Generally speaking, the infusion of chaga powder is suitable as a basic ingredient for everything:
- soups, drinks, doughs, ... everywhere you can replace water.
- Sprinkle the chagapowder over yogurt or breakfast cereal.
- Cook rice with it.
- Use it as a liquid for a sauna-infusion. Instead of water.
- Give your house- or farm animals also from chaga - also animals benefit from its properties.
- Highly recommended as a mouthwash.
- Use the infusion to clean your skin.
- Wash your hair with the infusion.
3 to 4 months as a treatment you can drink as much as you like.
Then 3 to 4 cups a day.
Others say there are no restrictions. One can not get too much of it. There are no proven side effects.
If you drink it for therapeutic purposes, for example for assisting in chemotherapy, then dosing is much higher!
- Do not use chagafungal products together with antibiotics or intravenous glucose.
- Try careful if fungal allergies exist. But even with fungal allergy it might be possible to use chaga.
Dietary supplements are no substitute for a balanced and varied diet.
Keep out of reach of children.
Store in a cool, dry place.
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