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It is important not to skip the hot brewing method when making iced tea. Using this most common way of brewing tea extracts tea’s maximum antioxidants, which increases the healthy benefits of the tea. Refrigerator or cold-brewed tea will limit the amount of antioxidants and health benefits obtained from the tea. All tea types, Black, Oolong, Green and White can be used to prepare iced tea. Many herbal tisanes are also excellent iced. When using freshly brewed tea with no preservatives, you should drink your tea within 72 hours of preparing it.

 

There are several ways to prepare a delicious, antioxidant rich pitcher of iced tea. Using purified, filtered or spring water will allow you to taste the full flavor of the tea. By following the steps below, you will produce an antioxidant-loaded iced tea with ample flavor and fragrance. And, if you are trying to cut down on caffeine, the cold brew method (or refrigerator method) is the perfect choice because the cold water extracts less caffeine than hot water.

 

 

HOT WATER BREWING METHOD (RECOMMENDED) - MAKES ONE QUART OF ICED TEA

  • Prepare the water to the appropriate temperature for the type of tea you are using (see above chart for correct water temps)

  • Add 3 teaspoons of your preferred loose tea to an all natural disposable tea bag

  • Pour 1 cup of the prepared water over the tea bag

  • Let it steep for 12-15 minutes

  • Add three cups ice cold water, or 2 cups cold water and 1 cup ice

  • Squeeze the disposable tea bag and remove from container. (This tea bag can be re-used again right away to make a second quart of tea)

* Using a Pyrex 4-cup glass measuring cup to prepare the concentrate is helpful, but any container that can handle hot water will work fine.

 

 

COLD BREW / REFRIGERATOR METHOD - MAKES ONE QUART OF ICED TEA

  • Place 3 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea leaves in an all natural disposable tea bag inside your iced tea container

  • Pour in 4 cups of cold water and let steep in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours or overnight

  • Remove the container from the refrigerator, squeeze the disposable tea bag and remove from container

* If you are trying to cut down on caffeine, this Cold Brew/Refrigerator Method is the perfect choice because the cold water extracts less caffeine than hot water.

 

* Refrigerator brewed tea may keep the antioxidants in the tea confined.

 

 
 

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