By Tammie from Auburn, GA
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At a recent bridal shower, we decided to freeze 100% tea into ice cube trays to add to our large tea dispenser to keep it cold and yet not to dilute it.
I like the health benefits of green tea, but I'm not too hip on the taste of it. To remedy this, when I make a half gallon of iced tea, I use 4 green tea bags and 4 regular (black) tea bags, instead of all regular tea bags.
If you run out of iced tea, you don't have to make a whole pitcher. Here's how to do it for one glass.
I like to drink tea, soda, etc. from the smaller bottles and an inexpensive way of having them ready to go is place your favorite teabag in the bottom of the bottle and fill with water and place in your fridge. Within a few hours, you have unsweetened tea ready to go without pouring or mixing anything.
The best way to make tea for me is to microwave a family size tea bag (I really like Tetley, Lipton seems to fall apart and tea leaves go everywhere) in a cup of water for a couple of minutes until it is boiling.
My husband used to drink a lot of bottled "iced tea" that was too sweet and too expensive. I weaned him off it by placing a dispenser jug from a thrift shop in the frig and keeping cold tea in it at all times.
When brewing iced tea, to take out some of the bitter taste, add a pinch of baking soda to the container.
When you get iced tea from a fast food place, it is often too strong. If you are at the take out window, ask for an extra cup of ice water or just a cup of ice - then you can use it to dilute the iced tea to make it more tasty.
I like the taste of flavored teas, but making iced tea with them can get expensive if you drink a lot of it like I do. My solution is to use anywhere from 1 to 4 flavored tea bags and 4 regular tea bags mixed together when making a half gallon of iced tea.
Every once in a while, I get Starbucks cappuccino or frappuccino at the grocery store. They come in nice glass bottles. I take the label off and wash out thoroughly. I stick a single size tea bag in it and fill with water tap or bottled.
Iced tea will last longer once it is made if you store it in a sealed glass jar instead of a plastic pitcher.
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Tips for making iced tea. Post your ideas.
When making iced tea, add a pinch of baking soda to hot water to make it less bitter and that way you use less sugar to sweeten it.
Make Sun Tea It is the best......6 Large tea bags in a gallon glass jar....Leave in the sun 3-4 hours bring in and put in 1/2 - 1 C of sugar...Pour over Ice...the best ever
We drink iced tea year round even though we live in Maine. Here is the recipe that I developed:
Steep 6 Red Rose Tea bags in a quart of boiling water, let sit until cool. Pour tea into a gallon container, squeeze tea bags and add that. Add 1/3 cup sugar and 1 - 12 oz. can pink lemonade concentrate (can use regular also), then fill container the rest of the way with cold tap water, best if it sits in refrigerator at least an hour before drinking. For a special treat you can substitute 2 liters of club soda that much water.
I read that in the south they make a syrup with sugar and water to add to ice tea.
Stirs in easily :-)
Everyone always likes my tea and wants to know how I make it. I take 4 cups of filtered water in a glass measuring cup and put it into the micro-wave for 7 mins. Then I put in 4 family size teabags and let this seep for about 15 to 20 mins. with plastic wrap over it. In large gallen pitcher, put in 1/2 cup sugar, then sqeeze the tea from the tea bags, and pour over sugar and stir. Add filter water until pitcher is full and stir. Put in ref. until cold. This is a very easy and fast way to make tea. If you are from the deep south, add 1 cup of sugar instead of 1/2 cup. I am from the mid-west and don't like my tea so sweet, even if I have lived in GA for over 20 years. Hope you enjoy this. I think the filtered water is the biggest plus and making it in a glass measuring cup.
Pat in GA
I live in TX now, but from NC.......we really drink sweet tea. Here's my recipe, and I will tell you, the brand of teabags you use really do make a difference. I fill a gallon pitcher 1/3 way full with hot water. Add 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissoved. I tie the strings of 4 Luzianne family size tea bags together and tear off the tags and soak in the hot water for one hour. I remove the tea bags. Add cold water to the top and stir. If you think my tea is sweet, you should try the tea at Bush's Chicken; there tea is even sweeter, but very good.
Ok now from North Carolina here... We use Lipton tea bags the small ones. I think it is 100 to a box that i get. I take ten tea bags remove the paper and the tag on each bag tie all the bags together with the strings. Bring to boil one pot which is about quart or quart and 1/2 not really sure what my pot is. Take off burner when it comes to boil add tea bags and cover for 5 minutes. Then have sugar ready in tea pitcher. When 5 minutes are up pour tea into the pitcher refill pot with hot water on top of the bags. Bring this to a slight boil and set off for another 5 minutes to 7 minutes covered. Then pour this in the pitcher also. Makes the best tea and not bitter at all. Everyone makes me do the tea for the dinners here. I love sliced lemon in my tea. Just start by measuring the water in your pot to the pitcher to see how much water two times will go into your picture. We have a plastic pitcher that hold two pots of water so i am in a rut as this is easy and fast...put sugar to taste.. Enjoy your tea this summer..
You can also buy "Cold Brew" tea bags by Lipton and put a glass of ice water w/ one individual bag and let it sit for a few minutes and then it's ready. You can also add sugar before you put the bag in there and stir and it'll already be sweetened. See ya!
Tips and recipes for making iced tea. Post your ideas.
Does tea in a plastic pitcher really leach plastic into the drink? I have a lovely Lucite double wall plastic pitcher that I use and would hate to swtich to a heavy glass one.