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Quick Tip #81~ How to avoid cinnamon "scum" in your tea or coffee...

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I'm sure ya'll know the blood sugar benefits of adding cinnamon to your beverages and foods, so this blog isn't about that.

Its about the mess cinnamon makes, left floating on top of your cup of tea, or stuck to the rim, or lining the sides of the cup, you just drank your brew from.
Or worse yet, waiting for you in all its slimy glory at the bottom of your cup, unconsumed and doing your blood sugar no good as a consequence but sparing your tongue the dread slime texture.

Well, hope is alive and well... as I inadvertently discovered a method to keep this from happening while waiting for my tea to brew.

The secret seems to be to mix the cinnamon together thoroughly with black strap molasses in the bottom of your waiting and ready mug.

You've got to whisk it around until there's no powdered cinnamon in the cup.
That's right, its got to be all glommed up, imprisoned in the molasses.

If you are gagging just thinking about black strap molasses... turns out this method works with just fine with honey too!

And you might want to give the black strap molasses a try, since its full of minerals, lower in calories and has a lower glycemic index that many sweeteners.

Granular sweetener, sugar, or 'no sweetener please' users...sorry... I've not found a method to prevent the Clinging Cinnamon Blues.

But if you have, please share!

Bon Appetit!
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    hi organic Forest!

    Yes, cinnamon, or actually cassia cinnamon, creates a gel like substance which can wind up as a blob at the bottom of your tea cup.

    My blog was more about keeping the ground up stuff from the surface of the cup.

    : )
    PS its my belief that its the gel like fiber of cassia cinnamon that is responsible for its sugar and cholesterol lowering effects. IMO it binds both sugar for slower release into the blood and binds fat so that it isn't absorbed to become cholesterol. The reason I think this, is that true cinnamon (aka ceylon Cinnamon) doesn't have the gel when soaked in water, and it does not have any effect on blood sugar or cholesterol.

    964 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2015 6:25:14 PM
    So cinnamon can become "a blob" in your tea? Is that what AquaGirl08 was pointing out, or do i need to read your blog article again?
    964 days ago
    Great tip; might try it, though I don't usually sweeten coffee nor tea, but love molasses!
    1069 days ago
    I bought cinnamon tea at a gourmet shop a number of years ago and find it to be delicious. I like the suggestion of using a cinnamon stick in my tea because there isn't any residue left in the cup. I plan to try your suggestion this week. Thanks!
    1540 days ago
    I use a stick added to the kettle.

    I also add whole cardamom pods (there are 2 kinds, green not black) and cloves to the kettle.

    Boil water, add the spice(s), boil a min or two more til it turns slightly pink.

    The water will turn black thanks to the cloves, if you become distracted and accidentally let it boil too long.

    Done right, it's heavenly scented water, lightly rose colored. Then pour it over a tea bag in a cup. No scum. Even with a plain ole' Lipton or generic tea bag, the most delicious tea ever. I usually add a green tea bag as well.

    If not feeling quite right, add fresh ginger slices and/or grated nutmeg to the water.

    Reuse the spices for 2-3 kettles until they start looking gnarly.
    1571 days ago
    Gracias! emoticon
    1573 days ago
    Wow, thank you for giving me a solution as I
    always found the cinnamon sitting on the bottom
    of the cup. emoticon emoticon
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    1574 days ago
    I will have to remember that. Thanks.
    1574 days ago
    I love honey and cinnamon mixed together. I buy cinnamon oil.
    1574 days ago
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  • BERRY4
    My typical use of cinnamon is in my oatmeal along w/ 1/2 a shredded apple.
    Not sure I want molasses in my coffee!?! But thanks for trying to "solve" the problem!

    1574 days ago
    Sounds good -- sounds good to me, anything to avoid the scrungies!
    1574 days ago
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    I've encountered that same problem, too many times.

    Thanks for the solution!
    1574 days ago
    emoticon I will have to try this!
    1574 days ago

    I'm gonna try it right now....

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    1574 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I do not put it in my drinks, I put it in a spoon full of applesauce..
    I also make crockpot baked apples with tons of it on them..
    I am diabetic and unable to use either of your choices,, so eating my homemade sauce with the cinnamon on it works great!
    1574 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/2/2014 4:07:06 PM
    emoticon Thanks! I don't usually put it in tea for that very reason.
    1574 days ago
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