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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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I usually brew a cup of loose tea to go in the morning. Since then a few people have asked me to suggest the perfect loose tea to go cup and here are a few that I have found.
This Chocolate Tea Thermos is perfect for making loose tea on the go. It has a built in tea infuser that can be removed when the tea is done steeping. It is double walled to help keep your tea hot or cold, whichever you prefer. It is sized to fit in most car cup holders, making it perfect for taking with you on errands or your morning commute.
There is also a great travel Tea Press too. You lift the plunger, place your loose tea inside, along with hot water and let it steep. Once it is done, you just push the plunger down, which contains all of the tea leaves on the bottom. This is great for traveling because you don't need to worry about finding a place to put a tea infuser with the used leaves when the steeping is done.
If you want to go for pure beauty along with functionality, there is also this wonderful tea to go cup. It holds 16 ounces of tea and comes with a built in tea strainer. It is also a great mug to steep flowering teas in too. Just place the tea in the bottom, add hot water, and watch it unfold.
Please let us know if you are looking for something specific. We are happy to help you find the perfect loose tea to go cup or anything else related to tea. Just use the contact form or leave a comment below.
If you are just starting out or are a long time tea drinker, it is always a great idea to have all of the right tools for brewing the perfect pot of tea. Here is our list of the Top 5 Tea Essentials that you should have in your kitchen.
Tea Kettle. You need hot water when making and having an appliance that is devoted to this task makes it very easy. We currently use this Chef's Choice Tea Kettle. I like that it is stainless steel, shuts off automatically, and will not operate if there is no water in it. It holds 1 3/4 quarts of water, which is perfect for making a pot of tea. It boils water in minutes and is much faster than trying to do so on the stove top and safer than using the microwave. Someday I would love to have the Breville Variable Temperature Kettle, as it brings water to 5 different temperatures no thermometer required. This is a great feature for tea making as different types of teas need different temperatures of water for the perfect steep. For now the Chef's Choice is a great tea kettle though.
Teapot. When brewing loose leaf tea, it is necessary to have place for the tea to brew. Tea leaves that have a chance to open, infuse the water with more flavor than your standard teabag tea. There are many different ones to choose from, made from a variety of materials. The standard teapot is ceramic, but there are also glass, stainless steel, and cast iron ones.
Infuser/Strainer. Many people that brew loose leaf tea prefer to steep their tea inside of an infuser basket. These generally sit within the lip of the teapot and then can be pulled out when the tea is done steeping. We prefer brewing the tea loose inside of the pot and then pouring the tea through a stainer into a tea cup. We are currently using the Rösle Tea Strainer and absolutely love it. It is a very fine mesh, so even the smallest of tea leaves do not get through.
Tea cups. It is always nice to have an assortment of teacup to choose from. Sometimes you want a large cup of tea and other times it is nice to have some smaller cups to share a pot of tea with friends. It is all up to you to have all matching cups or an oddball assortment of cups to choose from. Our tea cabinet has a collection of tea cups and mugs that we have gathered over the years.
Tea. This is definitely the most important component of all to making a great cup of tea. All teas are definitely not created equal. Personal preference is also a very important part of deciding just what kind of tea you are going to keep in your tea cabinet. Some of our favorite teas come from Teavana and the American Tea Room. We will be giving reviews of them in future posts.
We hope that gives you a little peak into what we keep in our tea cabinet. These are definitely the tea essentials that you need in order to brew a great cup of tea.