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Thread: How do I make real iced tea?

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    This is my recipe for tea, everyone raves about it.
    Bring 4 cups of water to a hard boil. Turn off heat, drop in 6 tea bags & a pinch of baking soda & let steep for about 30 minutes. Pour into a 1 gallon pitcher, add enough cold water to fill the pitcher, cover & place in refrigerator.

    The pinch of baking soda takes out the bitter taste.

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    I make a very different style of iced tea; it is an ice tea concentrate. I bring water to just a boil and pour it over 10 tea bags in a mason canning jar: I wrap the tea bag strings around a spoon so they do not get lost in the jar. I let the tea steap and remove the bags and let the tea cool to room temperature before covering it and putting it in the refrigerator, cooling it keeps it from getting cloudy.

    To make the tea I add the concentrate to a glass or pitcher and and cold water, ice and lemon (never sugar, some things should not be sweet . It probably is about 1-2 Tbsp concentrate per glass, depends on how strong I want it to be.

    The main reason I do it this way is that it takes up less room in the refrigerator.

    You can also do it as a cold brew by using the same method above and adding cold water to the jar and letting it brew in the refrigerator overnight before removing the tea bags, this can remove some of the bitterness.

    Pat
    in Minnesota where it is finally starting to warm up

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    Pat, I remember my Grandmother would make the tea concentrate...years ago..my sister has the original small crock type pitcher she would use to put on the table, each person would have their glass of water..adding the amt of tea they liked..sure brings back memories, as a child, I thought the whole world made tea like my Grandmother...boy was I wrong. Thanks for sharing your way, think I will start to use this way again.

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    3 pages of tea recipes who knew LOL!
    When I was a young woman I recall an interview by an american news person of Princess Diana and Diana gave the instructions for making "real" british tea. The key was to take the water off the fire and add the bags at the exact moment before it starts to boil...letting water boil releases the oxygen in the water.
    I take two cups of water, seven tea bags and make a concentrate, I let it steep no longer than six or seven minutes the discard the bags (Don't squeeze the bags..this is where the bitter is) I run cold water over the bags when filling the container with the concentrate and water to pitcher.

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    I make sun tea, it is the best by far of any tea I have tasted. I just put 4 family size tea bags in a gallon jar filled with water and place in the sun for a few hours. I even make it in the house overnight. My SIL called it mulberry tea when made in the house over night. I just left the light on over the sink and sat the jar there and by morning had a gallon of tea.

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    I put about 5 bags in about a cup of water and heat until just before it boils. I found if I boil it, it turns cloudy. Let the bags sit for awhile until it gets a dark color. I add sugar at this point so it melts while the tea is still warm. Depending on how sweet you like it, I add about 3/4 cup sugar. I pour the tea in a pitcher and add more water until it gets the color I like. At this point it can go in the frdige to cool.

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    As a Southern raised girl, iced tea is my first drink of choice. I use a 2 quart pan filled with water, bring to boil, drop in 10-12 tea bags (yes I like tea to look like tea), put lid on, remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. I drink it unsweetened totally. But when I was growing up, my mother would remove the tea bags after 5 min. and add the sugar while it is still hot so it dissolves. If you add sugar, add more than you think because you will need to dilute this tea after cooling. I use two half gallon Ball jars putting about a quart of tea in each one and then adding water diluting to the color that I prefer.

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    I have adapted my recipe to an "Arnold Palmer" type of tea.
    Boil water on the stove. Put in 2 iced tea family size bags and steep for 10 minutes. Meanwhile fill 2 qt. pitcher with cold water 1/6 way full. Allow hot tea to cool and then pour in with cold water. (Ice cubes just dilute everything so I don't use them except in my glass). Add 1/4 cup lemon juice. Add as much sugar as you would like. Pour over ice...yum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    I only drink unsweetened tea, hot or cold. I normally heat water to just under the boiling point. Most of the time I do couple of cups in the microwave, faster and easier. Then I add the tea bags for about 5 min and take them out and pour over ice. I don't want the bitter stuff to get into my tea. When you drink it without sugar, etc then you notice the taste of the tea itself. I can't stand instant tea, no matter what. If I was going to add sugar it would be to disolve it in the hot water first.

    Judy
    I like my tea like yours!

    Now I'm looking for help--
    I'm hosting a graduation party for 700 and wanting to make a very strong tea concentrate 2 days before the event, to be added to water to make tea as needed thru out the event. Any suggestions?
    Thanks
    Mary

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1 View Post
    This sounds like a simple question for someone who has been cooking for 50+ years, but how do you make real iced tea? I dislike the canned sweet tea we buy way up here in the north. I make a very good pot of hot tea but iced sweet tea has me baffled. It would be nice to have a pitcher in my fridge ready to drink, now that our hot and humid summer is approaching. Thanks everyone for the help.
    I have one pan that is only for making tea. Fill it up with good (not faucet) water. The water you use makes all the difference and we have hard water here. Let it come to a boil. Then put in a Lipton 1 gallon tea bag (I get them from Sam's) and let it steep for 10 mins. Pour it into a pitcher that has some water already into and put it in the frig. Then when we want a glass - pour into glass and fill with ice. I only make unsweeten tea as everyone has a different like on sweetness. Also when we do go out to eat - we order unsweetened tea as most people/places like it like syrup. My mother in law would have a little coffee or tea with her sugar and we could not stand it. I usually make 1-2 gallons every day and everyone likes it. Good luck.

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