Iced Tea Tips
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Tasty Tempting Iced Tea
When making iced tea, follow the same rules as you do for making hot tea:
- To make iced tea that is clear and not too cloudy, place 4 tea bags into a 2-quart pitcher of water and leave in the refrigerator for approximately 4 hours. Important: Always use fresh water.
- If using black tea, bring the water to a boil. For green tea, heat the water until steaming but do not let it boil.
- Pour the hot water over the tea bags. Four regular sized bags to make a 2 quart pitcher, in a heat safe pitcher or teapot. Allow steeping about 15 minutes.
- Pour cold water into a 2 quart serving pitcher until it is about 1/3 full. Add the steeped tea. Discard tea bags. Add sugar or honey, if using, and stir until dissolved. Finish filling the pitcher with cold water.
- Iced Tea Trick: When making a pitcher of iced tea, add fruit juice (pineapple or citrus juice). It tastes refreshing, delicious and saves on the amount of tea you use.
- To keep ice tea cold without diluting the tea, freeze some of the brewed tea in ice cube trays and use them in your serving pitcher.
- To make a smooth iced tea that is clear and not too tannic, put four tea bags in a 2-quart pitcher of water. Place in the refrigerator for about four hours. Like magic: clear iced tea!
- Iced Tea taste bitter? Add a pinch of baking soda to your glass or a teaspoon in your gallon pitcher. Makes it perfect every time!
Iced Tea vs. Lemonade
Nutritionally speaking, this "battle" is a toss-up - lemonade contains between 15 and 20 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C - but can be loaded with sugar, depending upon how you make it. It can, of course, be made with sugar substitute.
Buying Bottled Tea?
Bottled tea has become quite expensive yet, people purchase it because of the exotic herbs such as ginseng and for the many flavors available. However, you can create the flavors at home by adding fruit juice. Experiment a little, tasting as you go to find the right combination for you. As for the herbs, ginseng root and other herbs are available at most health food stores. Simply cut half-inch pieces and steep them with the tea.
Consider the costs involved. A 100-count box of regular-size tea bags will yield 75, 20-ounce servings of tea. If you include the cost of the 12 gallons of water you will use to brew the tea, those 75 servings will cost far less than bottled tea.
More Tea Tips and Facts
Fresh brewed tea contains no vitamin C, but has a slew of healthy antioxidants.
Normal tea blends contain polyphenols, antioxidants that may reduce cancer risk as well and flavonoid-rich green and black teas raise the antioxidant power even more!
If you are watching calories, just remember to watch the amount of sugar you add to your tea or lemonade.
One of Lipton's family size tea bags is equal to eight regular tea bags.
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