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Old 07-21-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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Anyone have a recipe for Ice Tea?
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:54 PM   #2
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tea bag, hot water, ice?
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:58 PM   #3
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I go for sun tea. Big glass jar, water, bunch of teabags, stick the whole lot outside in the sun for the afternoon. Chill, serve.
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If I am using the regular sized (not Family) tea bags, I will cut the number of tea bags in half that they recommend. Usually, it calls for 8 bags, but I will use 4.

It tastes much better and does not have as much bitter flavor as the 8 bag rate.

Honey, lemon and lots of sugar goes well with it!
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Mum used to freeze some of the tea into Ice Cubes so that it would'nt water down the tea.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:55 PM   #6
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on the topic of tea, what makes tea go bad so fast if you let it sit out at room temp?
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on the topic of tea, what makes tea go bad so fast if you let it sit out at room temp?
diacetyl? autolysis?
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diacetyl? autolysis?
Nah...hot side aeration.

I used to make sun tea. Then one day, I forgot to put it out in the sun and left it on the kitchen counter. Hey, it still turned into tea!

Later I started putting it straight in the fridge. Guess what, while it took longer, it still made tea. Smoother too, less tannins.
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How about the ice, got a recipe for that?
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Boil about a quart of water, remove from heat, add 6 regular-sized tea bags (I like Luzianne best; Lipton is good too), steep for 5 minutes, remove bags, pour into a half-gallon pitcher, add 2/3 cup of sugar, stir well, top up with cold water to make 1.75 quarts. Pour over 1/2 teaspoon or so of fresh lemon juice and ice.

-Don't squeeze the tea bags
-Don't add the tea bags until the water is removed from heat
-For stronger or weaker tea, either use more or less tea bags or add more or less cold water rather than varying steep time

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