When adding dried fruit to recipes. Soak them in hot tea (any flavor) to make them plump and moist.

When baking, replace water in the ingredients with Earl Grey tea for extra flavor.

Tea also works as a meat tenderizer. Marinate inexpensive cuts of meat in tea or add equal parts tea and beef stock to a tough pot roast for a tasty dish. Tea leaves can also be used in the smoker box to impart great flavor to smoked meat and fish.