Ways to Enjoy Yerba Mate: Mate Cocido in Tea Bags

Don’t think the gourd and bombilla fit your lifestyle?  Why not try mate cocido in tea bags?

Yerba Mate in tea bags is commonly available online and sometimes in some grocery stores.  Simply add a tea bag to a cup of hot water and off you go.  One advantage of this method is that you can easily control the strength of the mate by adjusting the length of time it is steeped.  However, purchasing Nativa or Cruz de Malta yerba mate in tea bags can be a little more expensive than using the loose leaf variety.

Stay tuned for more ideas for how you can enjoy yerba mate!

Ways to Enjoy Yerba Mate: Gourd & Bombilla

By far the most common way to drink yerba mate is using a gourd and bombilla.  Mate is placed in the gourd which is then filled with water.  The tea becomes infused and is drunk using a metal bombilla which acts as a straw and strainer.  The gourd can be refilled ten or more times before the yerba mate loses its flavor and potency (it is said to be “lavado”).  Warm water is usually poured from any kind of thermos which keeps the water at an optimal temperature.  If you want to drink mate this way, you really only need a bombilla, as a gourd can be improvised and water can be poured from a kettle, pot or dispenser.

Gourd, Bombilla & Thermos

Our Favorite Gourd, Bombilla & Thermos

In our opinion, the gourd and bombilla method yields the best tasting yerba mate.  In South America, yerba mate in a gourd is often shared and is consumed in social settings.  However, if you are in North America sometimes this is not the most convenient way of consuming yerba mate.  Carrying a gourd and bombilla can prompt the occasional curious glance in North America, and it’s not too easy to use this method if you’re on the go.

For these reasons, in upcoming posts, we’ll share with you some other great ways you can enjoy yerba mate.  Stay tuned!

Dulce de Leche Dessert Ideas: Cupcakes

We came across a recipe for dulce de leche cupcakes that we simply couldn’t resist!  Apparently this recipe has been blogged and revised multiple times on the internet, and rightfully so.  We can attest to that!

Our cans of Nestle La Lechera Dulce de Leche are ideal for both the cake and frosting.

Stay tuned for more dulce de leche recipe ideas from Buena Onda Foods!

Havanna Alfajores: An Argentine Classic

Havanna Alfajores

Havanna Alfajores

I’m a huge fan of Havanna alfajores, but you may be wondering, what’s so special about these?

Havanna is a company that was founded in Mar del Plata, south of Buenos Aires, in the 1940s.  Since then, the company has been using the same recipe to make its world-famous alfajores.  Simply put, there’s just something magical about them.

I fell in love with Havanna alfajores about 10 years ago, and I’ve searched high and low for them in the US.  They’re not always easy to find and when you do come across them, they often come at an unreasonably high price.  But now, lucky for me and other Havanna fans, Buena Onda Foods is now proudly offering two varieties of Havanna alfajores.

Check them out and try them for yourself!

Chimichurri in a flash!

There are many chimichurri recipes out there, but they require a lot of spices you may not have on hand.  Are you looking for an easier way to make chimichurri sauce?  We’ve got a perfect suggestion — Alicante Dry Chimichurri mix.  Below is our recipe as well as some photos of the steps involved.

Alicante Chimichurri

Alicante Chimichurri Dry Mix 50 grams

The official recipe says to add water and vinegar in a 1:1 fashion, but our recipe is a little different.  Here’s our recipe for chimichurri sauce:

In a bowl, mix the following:

Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.  Then add:

  • 6-  tablespoons of olive oil
  • a pinch of salt

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