You bought or were gifted a tin of matcha and now you’re not sure what to do with it. You’ve seen pictures and videos online of matcha with a bamboo whisk and think you need one of those to make it properly. That must be the only way if you keep seeing this whisk everywhere, right? Think again. To enjoy matcha the traditional way, a bamboo whisk (also known as a chasen) is required. But, the traditional method is not the only way to make it as a hot tea. Therefore, if you don’t have a whisk, don’t fret and don’t just leave that matcha to get stale! You can use other items that are probably already in your home to make yourself some matcha.
I’ve talked about all of the traditional matcha tools before and the modern tools that can go in their place. Check out that blog post here to learn more.
However, when preparing matcha, you don’t really need any or all of those tools if you’re not in a traditional setting.
Why Do You Need To “Whisk” Matcha?
Matcha is green tea in powder form, therefore, you can not steep it like any other tea. However, you should not confuse it with instant tea.
Matcha technically doesn’t dissolve in water. Whisking matcha helps the powder suspend in water.
If you’re not whisking matcha, then you have to find a different way to suspend the powder and make sure the hot tea isn’t chalky and clumpy. Put down the fork and spoon though…please.
These alternative methods to make matcha are great for people who are:
- new to matcha and not sure where to begin or just want to try it
- always on the go and need to get their matcha fix quick
- rather spend their budget on great quality matcha and not all the tools (yet)
No Whisk? No Problem!
Here are 3 quick ways to make matcha without a whisk:
A traditional bamboo whisk will give you the smoothest bowl of matcha (provided you have good quality), but the below options make this powerful green tea more accessible.
1. Use a mason jar/bottle (and your muscles)
This is the most common way I make my matcha when I’m on the go or just don’t have a whisk on hand.
All you need are a jar or bottle, matcha, water and a little bit of muscles! Put all the items in the bottle, seal, and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE (until you get a nice layer of froth on the top)!
I do this more for cold brew matcha, however you can definitely prepare hot matcha with this shake method, too.
If you can, I recommend sifting your matcha into the bottle before shaking as that will really help you get rid of clumps. You can also find shaker bottles that were specifically designed to make matcha for sale.
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2. Use a blender
Matcha smoothies are delicious and usually require adding the green tea powder to a blender with other ingredients.
However, you can forgo the rest of the ingredients and just add (hot or cold) water and matcha and blend away! This is a super quick (no muscles required) way of making a cup of matcha.
How long to blend really depends on your blender’s power. Your matcha will be ready once you notice a froth on the top surface and no clumps floating around.
3. Use a milk frother
If I’m making a tea latte I’m always busting out my milk frother. However, a milk frother can also be used to make a cup of matcha.
If you have a handheld frother (like myself), just add your water and matcha to a drinking vessel and insert your handheld frother.
Unlike a blender, a handheld frother is easy to travel with so you can make matcha outside of your home, too!
If you have an electric milk frother, you can simply add the matcha and water directly to it and turn it on as you normally would to froth milk then pour into your cup and enjoy.
So, now that you know of 3 other ways to prepare matcha, you can pick up some high quality green tea powder and use one of the above methods to enjoy your green tea! Remember: no whisk, no problem!
How to Make a Matcha Latte Without a Whisk
You can substitute water for milk in the above 3 no-whisk methods if you’d like to make a matcha latte instead!
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