Last year, on our way out of the woods after deer hunting, Steve spotted chaga on a birch tree. I was out of chaga concentrate so he watched for a piece in a birch stand. He has an eagle eye when it comes to chaga, especially if it’s high. Disclaimer: There isn’t any medical advice given here. Use chaga at your own risk. Take time to do your own research. We’re good now? Great!
When chaga dries it becomes difficult to break without a saw so I needed to get it into manageable chunks as soon as possible. No problem! The wood splitter was handy and in five minutes it was down to size.
Grind chaga into a crumble to make tea if you have a rugged grinder. You can buy tea bags that seal with heat or use a tea ball. After some trial and error I decided chaga concentrate is easier for me.
I broke my chaga into baseball sized pieces to make concentrate. It’s porous and will absorb water if given enough time.
Making Chaga Concentrate
Put the chaga in the small crock pot early in the morning. Fill it with cold water, cover it, and set the heat to medium high or high. Leave it alone until the water steams. Remove the cover to let the water evaporate. The chaga will absorb water and eventually sink to the bottom. Turn the heat off before going to bed and let the chaga steep. Half or more of the water should be gone by now.
Next morning, the chaga concentrate should be the color of coffee. Remove the chaga and pour the liquid chaga concentrate through a strainer. You probably won’t get all of the crumbly bits out and that’s okay. They’ll settle to the bottom of the jar. Store it in the fridge. I can’t give you a definite amount of time you can store chaga concentrate without losing its effectiveness. The best I can tell you is that I’ve never had it mold in the fridge.
If you don’t have enough chaga to make concentrate you can steep it for tea. Taste test as you go to determine the strength you like. You can use your pieces more than once as long as you dry it quickly and completely. Chaga will mold if it isn’t dry when stored. A dehydrator makes fast work of drying it well.
I add one tablespoon to my coffee and tea. I can’t give you a dosage or medical advice. This is what I do. Before using chaga concentrate or chaga at all, do your own research.