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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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Children’s Tea Set

Children's Tea SetMy daughter received this very cute Children's Tea Set for her birthday last week. It is made by Schylling and is a porcelain tea set that she can really use.  Just like Fiestaware, it is brightly colored.

It is perfect for brewing her own tea. She can either put a tea bag or two inside along with hot water or a loose tea blend and then pour over a strainer. It is also great for juice, water or lemonade too. Whatever her tea party guests prefer.

Haba Tea BagsHere is her little table set to enjoy tea and cookies with her dolls. The cookie set is from Melissa and Doug and those are Haba tea bags. Perfect for a pretend tea party. The plates are from Ikea.

If you are looking for a children's tea set, then definitely consider this one. We love it. It is available from Amazon. They have also been very reliable and offer fast shipping.

P.S. Here is a close up shot that my daughter took and really wanted to share with you all. Enjoy!

Schylling Tea Set

Teapot Strainers & Tea Infusers

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 BallTea 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 StrainerTeapot 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.