Archive for the ‘Iced Tea’ Category

  • Why Buy a Ceylon Bodum Iced Tea Maker?

    Ceylon Bodum Iced Tea Pitcher

    Ceylon Bodum Pitcher

    Iced tea is easy to make without fancy equipment, so why buy a special apparatus?

    The Ceylon Bodum Iced Tea Maker is a heavy-duty plastic pitcher with a removable filter called an infuser basket. All parts are dishwasher safe, and with its sleek design, this pitcher fits nicely into most bins on refrigerator doors. The pitcher is typically available in 50 and 100 ounce sizes and makes tea by the “cold brew” process. Since no electricity is required, this is an excellent pitcher for those that who enjoy camping.

    The Ceylon Bodum pitcher is perfect for making iced tea with loose leaf tea. The unique design keeps the tea leaves in the filter so you always get a crystal clear glass of tea. If you don’t like making iced tea with loose leaf tea, tea packets also fit nicely into the filter. Both loose leaf and tea packets are easy to remove with less mess than the traditional way of brewing iced tea.

    An added bonus to the infuser basket is the ability to add spices, fruit, and herbs with the tea leaves or tea bags to make your own iced tea infusions.

    One of my favorite summertime teas is Madame Butterfly. This is a fruity Green tea, blended with sunflower petals and bits of dried peaches. I like to tuck a stick of cinnamon in with the tea packets to create a taste of fresh peach pie. What a great iced tea for hot Summer afternoons!

    To use the 100 ounce Bodum pitcher for iced tea, add your choice of ¼ cup loose leaf tea to the filter or two iced tea packets, pour 2 cups of boiling water into the pitcher and wait 5 minutes to start the brewing process, fill the pitcher with cold water and refrigerate until the tea reaches the desired strength.

  • The Pros and Cons of Making Sun Tea


    PART III: A Safer Alternative to Sun Tea

     Lately I’ve been discussing the pros and cons of making sun tea. To recap; some articles have reported a risk that sun tea may develop bacteria that can make you ill. A safer alternative would be to make refrigerator tea.

     I’ve been experimenting and have found that refrigerator tea can be a delicious drink. So how do you brew tea in the fridge? Well, it’s pretty simple, place your tea packets in a glass container, fill it up with water, put a tight lid on it and place it in the refrigerator for 12 hours.

     The question is, can refrigerator tea go bad.? YES; tea, like any other perishable, will go bad if you don’t practice safe food handling or you keep it too long.

     Here are some common sense tips to keep your iced tea safe no matter how you brew it:

    1. Always use a clean container that has been washed in hot soapy water and then well rinsed.
    2. Consider avoiding those cute decanters with the built in spigot. It’s almost impossible to get the spigot clean and makes a perfect place for bacteria to hid
    3. Use filtered water
    4. Never leave sun tea brew for longer than 4 hours and refrigerator tea for 12 hours. No matter how you brew your iced tea, try to use it within 24 hours and discard any after 48 hours.
    5. Keep iced tea refrigerated after brewing
    6. Discard any iced tea if it smells sour, gets thick, or you see ropey strand-like particles. This is a sure sign that your tea has become contaminated with bacteria.
    7. If you do have tea that goes bad, make sure that your brewing container or pitcher is scrubbed in hot soapy water then dipped in a bleach/water solution and finally rinsed well with clean water before using it again
  • The Pros and Cons of Making Sun Tea


    PART II: The Cons

     Last post I told you how much my family and I enjoy sun tea. I’ve been brewing it for over 20 years without any problems, but some articles have come to my attention and I must share the information with you.

     According to some reports, sun tea may harbor bacteria that can make you ill. Theoretically speaking there is a common bacteria called alcaligenes viscolactis that is found in water and may multiply in the environment found in sun tea. According to the articles, water heated by the sun only gets to about 130 degrees Fahrenheit and that’s not hot enough to kill off this bacteria.

     Even though the danger exists, there is no known evidence that there has been any illness related to consuming sun tea. In reality, any risk is more likely due to poor food handling techniques rather than from the tea itself.

     Common sense should tell you that, no matter how you brew your iced tea, if it develops a sour smell, becomes thick, or you see ropey strands, it has gone bad and should be discarded immediately.

     Next blog I’ll share with you a safer alternative to sun tea




  • The Pros and Cons of Making Sun Tea


    PART I: The Pros

    I’ve made Sun Tea for years. Every year, my family and I anxiously await that first delicious gallon of tea. I use a 1 gallon glass pickle jar with a screw on lid. The jar is always scrubbed well with hot soapy water and well rinsed with plain water. Then I add my tea packets, filtered water, and tightly screw on the lid. Finally, the jar is placed out side in a sunny location and allowed to steep for 3 to 4 hours. When the tea is a deep, brown color, the tea packets are removed and the tea jar is immediately placed in the refrigerator. We are tea enthusiasts and a gallon of SunTea rarely lasts longer than one day.

    Here’s a great recipe that my husband’s Gramma gave me

    Gramma Sitko’s Iced Tea

    1 gallon of filtered water

    3 packets of a good black tea (I recommend using Pascoe’s Woodlands Iced Tea packets)

    ¾ cup of sugar

    5 to 6 ounces of lemon juice

    Fill glass jar with 1 gallon of filtered water, add tea packets, and tightly cover with lid.

    Place jar in sunny location for 3 to 4 hours.

    Remove tea packets from jar.

    Mix sugar and lemon juice in a 1 gallon size pitcher, then pour in the warm Sun Tea.

    Stir well and refrigerate immediately.

    Read my next blog for the Cons of Making Sun Tea

  • Memorial Day Sun Tea


    The sun was shining this morning and I thought “what a great day for some sun tea”. So, I got out my old gallon pickle jar, filled it up with filtered water, and added 3 packets of Madame Butterfly tea, a  green tea with a delicious fruity taste.  I placed my jar out on the back porch for several hours to brew. At dinner time, I poured the tea into tall, iced filled glasses and topped each glass off with a sprig of mint. What a perfect ending to a special holiday.

    (Iced Teas)