We need a break from this heat wave!!
Iced tea doesn't stay in the pitcher long these days.
- Don't squeeze tea bags when removing them: The tannins will make your tea taste bitter, plus the bag could break. (I always squeeze mine....today I won't)
- Brew with filtered or bottle water - the mineral in tap water can make tea bitter or cloudy. (wondered why mine got cloudy....another use for my brita filter)
- Cover iced tea before refrigerating so it won't absorb flavors and aromas from other food...(never covered mine)
- Drink the tea within two to three days....(no problem here)
- Serve chilled tea in a pitcher without ice to avoid diluting the flavor: add ice to the serving glasses.
I didn't know there was so much to know about a simple pitcher of tea/ha
Now let's talk brand of tea. You know how faithful I am to brands! It's always been Lipton for me.
Last week as I was in the tea section of Wal Mart a gentleman made the comment he was looking for Luzianne and I replied, "I'm a Lipton fan". He said he was in a restaurant and commented on how great their tea tasted and they said it was Luzianne. I noticed he put a large box of Lipton in his buggy and walked on....lol
I think I've told you about Paula Deen's Sweet Tea recipe being so good but didn't share it with you;
Bring 4 cups water to a boil , add 2 family size tea bags, turn off heat, place lid on and allow to steep for 1 hour. Remove tea bags (don't squeeze), pour into a pitcher, add 1 cup sugar and 4 cups of cold water. I use 1/2 cup, seems sweet enough to me.
Well that sums up Tea 101 for today. Mine has been steeping for an hour so I'm off to add the sugar.
Have a great day and try to stay cool!