We know, our Frogbit-Fruit-and-Tea-Infuser-bottle name is a bit of a mouthful. Maybe it’s a bit more formal than fun, but we want to make sure you know what it is. But especially that word “infuser” … what exactly is an infuser, you might ask?
Properly speaking, an infuser is a container that you use to make an infusion … and according to the dictionary, an infusion is a drink made by soaking plants or herbs in liquid without boiling, so that the liquid gradually takes on the properties of those plants.
So much for dictionary definitions … we all know that putting a few slices of lemon in our water makes it taste better, especially when it’s been allowed to sit for a bit longer. And that, friends, is all that an infusion is.
So with that out of the way, what can you infuse in your infuser to make an infusion? Pretty much any kind of plant, it turns out. We generally follow two rules, ourselves, but that’s not to say you might not have your own ideas on Interesting Infusions (in which case, we want to hear about them!!). Very simply, we think 1), use whatever you would eat raw (if it’s a plant you eat cooked, it’s probably not a great candidate – we’ve never seen a recipe for a potato infusion, for example). And 2), use plants you like the taste of. If you’re not a cilantro fan, our fave cilantro-lime-cayenne infusion probably isn’t going to make it to the top of your hit parade anytime soon (although that’s too bad, because it’s really a thing of beauty).
But that’s it for rules – infusions are totally a game of be creative and try something new. Lemon slices have their place, for sure, but where one ingredient is good, 2 or 4 is even better. Like any culinary area, there’s a huge world out there of infusion creativity, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to up your game. So let the fun begin … and let us know if you’ve invented a great new creation!