Tea Making Tips

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It's great to make perfect tea and get the most flavor out of the leaves. This page contains tea making tips.
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My parents worked in the tea industry way before I was around, so I trust them more than any other source when it comes to making great tea. My father is of Persian descent, my mother of Japanese, and we come from England. These regions are all culturally very heavily tea-based, so my tips here will cover more than just black tea.

The Teapot

For loose leaf tea, it's the best to have a round teapot for brewing the leaves. Having this shape allows the loose leaves to dance around when the water is added. Before brewing, add boiling water to the pot and swirl it around to keep its temperature up.

The Water Temperature

Not all sorts of tea need the same temperature of water for optimal flavours. White and green teas should be steeped in lower temperatures, not boiling: about 155 F to 180 F. Oolong can stand a bit more heat, while black teas should have water fresh off the boil at about 200 F to 210 F.

Rinse the Tea

Rinsing tea for 5 seconds in water helps in a couple ways. It quickly removes any impurities, and it awakes the tea leaves for optimal flavour.

Tea Bag Steeping

Although I much prefer loose leaf, I do use bags. When I do so, I heat the cup beforehand for temperature control. After pouring the water into the cup, I place a saucer on top of it so it acts like a small teapot, trapping the steam in. Do not stand there and dunk the teabag over and over the entire time, but do dunk it a few times before pulling it out in order to mix the tea up. Enjoy immediately.

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I make my tea in half gallon mason jars. To keep the tea bags from falling in while I am pouring the water into the jar or letting the seep, I put the tea bags in the jar with strings and tabs hanging down the outside of the jar. Then I take the metal ring (sans lid) and screw it on to the jar while holding the tea strings flat to the side. This keeps them from falling in to the jar when pouring the water in.

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When I make iced tea I always make it with my coffee maker. I make 2 separate gallons. I put 8 teabags in the brew basket where the coffee and filter would go and brew a full pot.

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Once in a while I will not estimate the water needed to fill my tea carafe and this makes a mess. I just got tired of cleaning up water spills. So now I fill the carafe with water, then pour it into an empty kettle.

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I have the exact amount of water needed to brew a lovely pot of tea. I then label it so I know what kind of tea is inside and when I brewed it.

Pre-Measure Water in Carafe

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I make 5 cups of tea at a time in a carafe. It's a great way to have a cup whenever you want one. But sadly, out of site and all that...

"use by" written on carafe lid

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Secure a paper clip to the tab. No more fishing out the tea bag. I had a large paper clip for the picture, but a small one will work, too.

A cup of tea with a paper clip attached to the tea bag tab.

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August 18, 2005

In our house we don't drink coffee, but we go through iced tea like crazy. It takes so long for water to come to a boil on the stove, so I started making my tea differently.

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We bought a 10-cup coffee maker which makes tea a lot faster!

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January 17, 2001

Keep a small baggy of teas handy when you go out and make sure to bring a travel mug. That way you can always make a cup of tea. Hot water is almost always free!

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April 27, 2004

I have just started to drink tea. I would love to get some recipes on how you make hot or iced tea. I do not like lemon or sugar in my tea. What brands are best? Do you make it in a pan or in a coffee maker? Please give me some tips.

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Thanks so much.
Geri from KY.

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By Tiffany C. (Guest Post)
April 28, 20040 found this helpful

Slices of orange in a glass of iced tea is a really yummy alternative to lemon and sugar.

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By (Guest Post)
April 28, 20040 found this helpful

I use Luzianne Decaf teabag-family size. I either put two bags in a 2 c. measuring cup and add at least 1 c. water and boil in microwave for 3 min. OR I put the bags in the carafe of my coffee maker, add about 1 c. water and let it run through. Let it stand at least 3 min. before adding enough water to make 1 qt. I know each bag makes 1 qt., but that is not strong enough for us-just experiment. I also use reverse osmosis water-make the prettiest clear tea. Connie

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By (Guest Post)
April 28, 20040 found this helpful

IF YOU ADD JUST A 'PINCH' OF BAKING SODA TO YOUR STEEPING TEA (FOR ICED TEA) YOU CAN USE FEWER T BAGS

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YOU WON`T TASTE THE B SODA

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By Gardencraft (Guest Post)
April 28, 20040 found this helpful

The best way to make Iced Tea is to take 3 regular size tea bags, any kind will do, add to a half gallon of water, does not have to be hot, and let it sit for 3 hours. Remove the tea bags and you will have perfect, nonbitter, iced tea. It does not have to sit in the sun, you can in fact put it in the refrigerator for 5 hours or so and it will be done. This method also stops the tea from becoming cloudy.

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By patty (Guest Post)
April 29, 20040 found this helpful

i make sun tea clean a gallon container put 8 small tea bags in or 3 large ones stick container outside in sun best tea

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April 29, 20040 found this helpful

I MAKE SUN ,TO ME IT TASTE BETTER THAN BOILED TEA. I GET A CLEAN GALLON JAR FILL WITH COLD WATER PUT 8 SMALL TEA BAGS OR 3 LARGE ONES PUT OUT IN SUN FOR ABOUT 3 OR 4 HOURS.

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By Terri (Guest Post)
April 29, 20040 found this helpful

Something that you might like to try in your tea is lime juice, fresh squeezed. We first had this at a Mexican restaurant, it was great!

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We just had to ask what it was, so we could make it at home. Fresh lime juice in sweetened tea. So refreshing on a hot summer day!

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By Phyllis Girard (Guest Post)
April 29, 20040 found this helpful

I make iced tea in my drip coffee pot. Let it steep a couple hours depending on how strong you like it.

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By Christy (Guest Post)
May 5, 20040 found this helpful

I drink a lot of iced tea at work and needed a fast and easy way to make the tea. I have one of the large insulated cups (52oz) that you find at a convience store. I put two regular tea bags and one green tea bag in the cup and add about cup or so of hot water. I swirl the water and tea bags for a 30 or so seconds and let sit for two to three minutes. Then I add a couple handfuls of ice to the hot tea mix and fill with water. I take the tea bags out and squeeze the tea bags out. I add one packet of sweet and low and more ice if needed.

Christy

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By .M.B. (Guest Post)
June 16, 20040 found this helpful

How can I make peach tea. I saw it somewhere on t.v. or something and can't remember it. I love tea and peaches. thanks.

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By Tawnda (Guest Post)
June 16, 20040 found this helpful

I have never heard of peach tea. I bet you could use an old fashioned lemon juicer or even a blender and get as much juice out of it that you want and then use cheesecloth to filter out the pulp. Add the juice to your tea.

Or you could boil the peaches in 10-12 cups of water and use that water to make your tea in.

Red Robin restaurant makes lemonade and they put fresh raspberries or strawberries (your choice) in it and they leave a little pulp from the lemon in there. It is good, just not sure how it would be in tea though.

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By Mom (Guest Post)
January 20, 20050 found this helpful

try Chai tea....very delicious and satisfy's a sweet tooth!
Buy Chai teabags (Liptons has them)
2 cups water in saucepan
add tea bag
boil
Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar..the demura (dark) and 1 cup milk. (powdered, skim or 1%)
Remove from heat. serve. Serves 4

If you look around in the net you will find out how to make Chai tea yourself instead of buying the tea bags, saving a lot of money

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March 4, 2020

Select herbs from your garden or purchase fresh ones to prepare your own loose leaf herbal teas. Clean the leaves, cut, and dry. Now you can have a relaxing cup of tea before bed or anytime.

A collection of tea and tea making items.

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October 9, 2014

Whether you use loose tea or bags, there are a number of ways to reduce the cost. This is a page about saving money on tea.

cup of tea with bag in cup

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