Today I would like to discuss teapot strainers and tea infusers in a bit more depth. Specifically how they should have some depth to them in order to allow the tea leaves to unfurl, expand and impart all of their goodness to hot water. Let's discuss the different types of loose leaf tea strainers out there.
- Tea Infuser Ball - This type of infuser is good for brewing a single cup of tea. It keeps the tea leaves contained, but not allow them to expand and unfurl much. I find them a bit tricky to fill, so that takes some practice. Once you have it mastered though, this is a great way to steep tea.
- Teapot Strainer - We love this option for its versatility. It can sit inside the rim of our teapot or on the rim of a teacup. All you have to do is put it in place, fill with tea leaves, and then pour water into it. The tea leaves have a lot of room to expand and unfurl, plus the mesh is small enough that even rooibos tea is contained. Cleanup is a breeze too. Just rinse it out to remove the tea leaves and pop it in the dishwasher.
Whatever type of teapot strainer or tea infuser that you prefer, they are both great ways to enjoy loose leaf tea. Right now they are 20% off at American Tea Room, along with their teapots, matcha, and accessories. What is your favorite kind? Let us know in the comments below.
Monday through Friday I have to drive my daughter to school, so morning is a rush. I seldom like leaving without a travel mug full of fresh brewed tea in hand though. The mornings are pretty cold right now and it is nice to have something warm to drink for the drive. I typically brew my tea inside of a teapot, but in the morning I am in a hurry and don't want lots to clean later.
My solution for brewing loose tea to go is an infuser basket and a stainless steel travel mug. Why stainless steel? We tend to avoid plastic in our house for a variety of reasons. They do make some lovely glass travel tea mugs, but I'm a huge klutz so I'm guessing it wouldn't travel for long (for me anyway). Stainless steel is a great choice because it is resilent (within reason of course), cleans up easily and retains heat for a long time.
I use this one and really like it. It has a 20 oz capacity so I can make a really big cup of tea to get me through the morning. Plus it can also be used at my local coffee shop for their venti size drinks. I like to go green whenever I can. I then start my kettle, set the infuser basket to rests on the rim, fill with some loose tea, and steep for a few minutes. When it is done I just remove the infuser basket, put the lid on and go. Very easy and minimal cleanup.
That is how I enjoy a nice cup of loose tea to go. You can save even more time by setting up everything the night before, including putting the tea in the infuser basket.