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Brewing Loose Iced Tea Video

Brewing Loose Iced TeaRecently I wrote about making a fast glass of loose iced tea. It is such a great method to cool off, during this record heat summer we are having. I'm going through iced tea so very quickly, that a pitcher doesn't last very long in my home.

Anyway I found a video that shows how to make a quick glass of iced tea. This Brewing Loose Iced Tea video is just over a minute long, so won't take long to watch. He uses what appears to be the Teavana Perfect Tea Maker, which is a great option for steeping both hot and iced tea.

You can find some great loose teas from Teavana along with tea making accessories. They are also offering free shipping with a $50 order right now, a great savings to your order.

What is your favorite tea from Teavana? I am a big fan of their herbal and rooibos blends.

Loose Tea Canisters

Tea Canisters and Tea TinsStoring loose tea can be a bit of a challenge. It often comes in paper bags with a fold over top or in a zip topped bag. I prefer using tea canisters so that my tea cabinet doesn't look so messy and my loose tea is much easier to find.

There are a number of options that you can use. When I was first starting out, I would reuse glass jars to hold loose tea in. I found it to be a great way to show off the loose tea inside. I'm not so sure it is the freshest way to store tea long term though. Plus it can sometimes be difficult to really get rid of the odors from the jars previous inhabitants.

Enter loose tea canisters. They are made to keep moisture and light away from your loose tea, helping to keep it fresh for up to a year depending on the tea canister.

Here are a number of tea canisters that I think you may really like. Not only very beautiful but functional too.

Making Fast Iced Tea

Summer has been very hot so far and it has made my morning cup of hot tea very unappealing. I'm also not always the best at remembering to make up a pitcher of iced tea the night before, so I've been working on a system for making fast iced tea. This is what is working for me.

Step 1: Brew a cup of loose leaf tea in my usual way, perhaps adding more tea leaves than usual.

Making Iced Tea Fast

Step 2: Add 1 cup of ice to a 2 cup pyrex glass measuring cup. I use the pyrex measuring cup because it is made to hold both hot and cold liquids and I figure most people already have one in their kitchen.

Pyrex Measuring Cup with Ice

Step 3: Pouring the hot tea over the ice. Once it has cooled (and this usually happens fairly quickly) I pour it into the drinking glass of my choice.

Pour Tea Over Ice

Simple and fast! Plus I still get to enjoy my morning ritual of picking out a tea, using my tea kettle, and inhaling the nice aroma of a freshly steeped cup of loose tea.

Making Fast Iced Tea

Today's iced tea was made with American Tea Room's Immortal Green, a pyrex measuring cup, and my Kati loose tea brewing system.

How do you make iced tea? Any tips you would love to share, feel free to do so in the comments.  Thanks!

Sliced Peach Iced Tea

Sliced Peach Iced TeaRecently the American Tea Room tweeted about making iced tea with fresh fruit slices in it. It sounded intriguing and I had all the ingredients handy, so I decided to give it a try. I choose to brew some Immortal Green loose tea.

After steeping, I poured the hot tea over some ice to cool it more quickly. I then added some cut up peach slices and poured a glass. It was good, but like sangria I figured a few hours of letting the flavors mesh would be better. So I popped it in the fridge, also adding some orange slices as well.

That evening I had a really great pitcher of iced tea. The addition of the peach and orange slices really enhanced the flavor of the green tea. Plus I rarely sweeten my tea, so it added a nice natural sweetness which was very refreshing.

I got the Immortal Green tea from the American Tea Room and the peaches and oranges from my local grocery store.

Do you ever add fresh fruit to your iced tea? I would love to hear about your favorite combinations in the comments below.

Spotted: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker

Breville One Touch Tea MakerThe hottest new item in the tea world is the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. I must admit, when I first heard about it, I instantly wanted one. And it looks like so does everyone else. It is a hard item to come by, with many stores sold out or down to their last few instock ones.

While out and about this weekend I got to see one in person and it is pretty nice. The tea kettle part is pretty hefty and is a combo of glass, plastic, and stainless steel.

If you are looking for the best way to brew loose tea this is it. You can set it for Black, White, Green, Herbal, Oolong and a custom setting. It would be absolutely perfect for getting ready in the evening before bed and then walking up to a perfect cup of tea.

It works by heating the water in the bottom to the right temperature, then drops the steeping basket into the water. The basket is then lifted back out out of the water after a specific time. You can set it to keep the tea warm for up to 60 minutes after brewing.

The only drawback I can see to this tea kettle is the cleaning. You can not immerse the kettle itself, so you must wash the interior carefully. The steeping basket comes completely out though. The dropping mechanism appears to work with a magnet, so it pops right out.

I love the details on this. The kettle has a second guard over the pour spout to catch any loose tea that may have escaped the steeping basket. The stores that may have this in stock include Amazon and the American Tea Room. Definitely check out the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. Super cool tea kettle!

American Tea Room Tea Giveaway Winner

I just want to take the time and thank everyone who commented, tweeted and 'liked' us on Facebook for the American Tea Room Giveaway.  I really enjoyed running this and hope that the winner enjoys the yummy loose tea that is about to come their way! I also hope to make giveaways a more regular feature here.

So without further ado, I want to announce the winner. I took everyone who entered and put them into a spreadsheet. Each comment, tweet, and like got you one entry and that corresponds to the line number of the spreadsheet.

1 Nancy comment

2 Nancy tweet

3 Jessica Roberts comment

4 Jessica Roberts tweet

5 Kari comment

6 Betsy comment

7 Melissa comment

8 Glenn comment

9 Glenn tweet

10 DebP comment

11 Viva comment

12 Christie comment

13 Joa comment

14 Lori B comment

15 Julia comment

16 Latoshia comment

17 Jonell comment

18 Adam Hansen comment

19 Kendyl comment

20 Jenna Wood comment

21 Jenna Wood facebook

22 Jess comment

23 Angie comment

24 Adrienne comment

25 Jennifer B comment

26 Jennifer B facebook

27 Jennifer B tweet

28 Alison comment

29 Carolsue comment

30 Carolsue tweet

31 Carolsue facebook

32 Kerrie G comment

33 Kerrie G tweet

34 Kerrie G facebook

35 Kimmie comment

I then plugged in numbers 1 through 35 at Random.org and it gave me number: 19. That makes Kendyl our winner. Congrats! I will be contacting you shortly to see where to send your tea.

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A Use For Your Old Tea Bags

Tea WreathI came across this great craft project from my friend Heather on her Dollar Store Crafts site. It is a Tea Wreath and was designed by the creative gals over at Kojo Designs. If your tea collection is anything like mine, you probably have a bunch of tea bags that you just don't know what to do with.

Now you can display them with style with this very pretty tea wreath project. It takes two pieces of cardboard, some wrapping or scrapbook paper, some clothes pins, a ribbon to hang it with, and a hot glue gun.

I love how pretty it looks and that it gives a use for all those tea bags laying loose in my tea cabinet. Check out all the instruction for making the tea wreath over at Kojo Designs.

How to Make Iced Loose Tea

The weather has been so nice in Michigan for the last few days and iced tea has been a great way to get in my daily tea fix. I prefer to make mine with loose leaf tea, which means an extra step from using tea bags. It is definitely worth it and so very easy. I made a little video to show you how to make iced loose tea:

Basically I steep the tea in my tea pot first without an infuser basket and then I pour the tea over a strainer into a pitcher. Today I made a blend of Teavana's Sweet Amore and Plum Harvest. Unfortunately they are no longer making Plum Harvest, so I am going to have to substitute with something else when I use the last of mine. Sweet Fruit Garden Herbal Tea may work.

How do you make iced loose tea? Do you have a favorite type of iced tea? Please share in the comments below.

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American Tea Room Tea Giveaway

One of my favorite places to get tea from is the American Tea Room. They offer high quality loose teas from many areas of the world. I was introduced to them late last year and they have very quickly become one of my favorite teas to drink. That is why it makes me very happy to be able to offer an American Tea Room Tea Giveaway!

American Tea Room Tea Giveaway

They have given me three 3.5 ounce bags of tea, along with some tea bags if you are new to loose tea to steep it in. It includes my favorite Immortal Green, along with Tangier and Lemoncello. You will get to try a loose green tea, a loose black tea, and a rooibos tea. This prize has a retail value of $46.

How to Enter: To enter the giveaway, post a comment below and share what your favorite tea is. The contest is open to those with U.S. and Canadian addresses and ends on May 14, 2010. The winner will be chosen randomly.

Bonus Entry: Send out a Tweet and then leave a comment below letting us know you did so. Your Tweet should read:

The @teacabinet is giving away American Tea Room Tea here: http://theteacabinet.com/p23 #teacabinet #tea

Bonus Entry #2: 'Like' the Tea Cabinet on Facebook.

Good luck!

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Kati Loose Tea System

Kati Loose Tea SystemRecently I received a package from Tea Forte and I am really excited to share it with you. It contained the new Kati Loose Tea System and samples of their new individually packaged loose leaf tea. They have created a simple way to brew loose tea.

It is a double walled ceramic mug that contains a stainless steel steeping basket and is topped with a lid to retain heat. The mug holds 12 ounces and is dishwasher safe (always a plus for me). You can get it in white, green, or with a grass print.

Tea Forte KatiThe perfect pairing is Tea Forte's Loose Tea Single Steeps. They have packaged five of their popular loose teas in easy to open, single serving packets. All you need to do is tear off the top, pour into the steeping basket, and add hot water. Green Tango, Chamomile Citron, Earl Grey, Forte Breakfast, and Ginger Lemongrass are available.

I created a little video review to show you more:

I really enjoyed the Green Tango. It is an organic green tea that is described as a Chinese Jade Wing green tea that is blended with South African green honeybush and tropical mangoes. A luscious blend that is smooth, fruity, and naturally sweet. I liked blend of peppermint and ginger that lingered on my tongue after drinking.

I highly recommend this mug. It is both beautiful and practical. I usually use mugs with handles, but I really like the smoothness of this mug and the double walled style means my hand is not overly hot when holding it.

Tea Forte, Inc. Gourmet Teas