Kitchen Tip Tuesday 10-6-09

by Lora on October 6, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I love a good cup of hot tea, and think there is no better way to relax than with a cup of tea and a good book. I have found that some people find tea to be bitter and unappealing. I believe that a this often comes from improper brewing. Now there are some teas that I don’t really care for, Lapsang Suchong is one of them. I personally don’t care for tea that tastes like the smoke from a campfire. A few of my favorite teas are Twining’s Lady Grey, and Republic of Tea’s Cardamom Cinnamon and Good Hope Vanilla Rooibos. I also enjoy Republic of Tea’s Darjeeling, and Celestial Seasoning’s Bengal Spice and India Spice Chia.

Many people don’t realize that teas need to be brewed at different temperatures, and for different lengths of time. So my kitchen tip is actually a few tips; all having to do with brewing tea. One of the first things I would suggest is to read the directions on the package. While I brew Lady Grey, Cinnamon Cardamom and most of the others using boiling water and timing it for three minutes (yes, I really do use a timer), the Vanilla Rooibos must steep for 10 minutes. Some teas are brewed at 160 degrees Fahrenheit, so be sure to check the temperature at which to brew the tea. If you are making a pot of tea, preheat your pot with very hot or boiling water. A few minutes before your second kettle of water is ready, pour out the hot water and set your tea bags or infuser into the pot and put the lid on, as this will help the tea leaves begin to open. Pour the hot water over the tea and brew for the appropriate time. Sweeten the tea with your favorite sweetener (I love cane sugar, though it can change the taste of a milder tea), sit back, relax and savor the tea.

Make sure you drop by Tammy’s site to get other great kitchen tips and enjoy a great cup of tea today.

2 Comments »

  1. Martha — October 11, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    I love a good cup of tea too!!! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Lora — October 13, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    Martha,

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. What type of tea do you like?

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