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    Question How do I make real iced tea?

    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.

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    Whether right or wrong ...
    I just make hot tea, to my liking.
    Remove the tea bags, and then let it cool.
    Sweeten to taste.
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    Get you an ice tea maker. I don't exactly follow the directions given. Here is my procedure and we love it. I brew the tea in the ice tea maker. Then I put a cup of sugar and some water in a microwavable pitcher, stir this up a bit and heat in microwave until sugar completely dissolves. We use a one gallon milk jug to storing the tea so I then pour the hot sugar mixture in the gallon jug. When the tea has completed it cycle, I pour the tea into the milk jug and fill the jug nearly full with tap water. Then I turn the jug a few times to mix the tea and finish filling with tap water. Store in the fridge and enjoy. My husband and I can drink a gallon of this sweet in two days time. I like the flavored teas so I often put a little blackberry syrup or raspberry syrup in mine. It is so, so delicious.

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    I make sun tea. I use the large canning jars, put a teabag in & set in the sun for a couple hours. Put a bit of sugar in while it is still warm & shake - then refrigerate.

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    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.
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    My mom always boiled water in the kettle or in a saucepan - then pour the hot water in the pitcher with your tea bags (I use between 5-8 tea bags) I think Lipton is the best - fill the pitcher about half way or less with hot water- just let the tea bags steep for a while - then add cold water to the top - sweeten as you like it - usually add ice to the glass to cool it more.

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    I make ice tea daily. We have a very large kettle that holds more then a gallon. I boil hot filtered water, turn off the burner once it hits a hard boil, and put oolong tea and a little dried ginger in the kettle. This is where you would add sugar or any other sweetners if you wanted. I let it stand on the stove till it has cooled and then pour it into glass containers, glass apple juice bottle or glass pitchers, and let it further cool in the fridge. I do not use ice but if I intent to like for wedding parties I make ice cubes from the ice tea. You can also make the tea stronger to account for the ice melting and diluting the tea. I am just not fond of drinking molten ice.
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    I am of Northern European descent so there is always tea in my fridge. I have a teamaker that I use but I am guessing that you don't have one. To make it atop the stove I would do it as stated above but here is my formula from on top of the range. I keep it simple.

    4-5 family size tea bags.....black tea or any iced tea blend
    boil water in a saucepan add bags and steep for 30 minutes or more.
    Pour the steeped tea in a gallon pitcher and add cold water. Squeeze teabags.
    Sweeten to taste and refrigerate.

    As you make it you will adjust it to you tastes. Another thought is to add a raspberry teabag to brew.
    Last edited by sandilee; 05-06-2013 at 03:15 PM.

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    I have iced sweet tea in my fridge at all times. Can't live without it.

    Using a tea kettle, heat water until the whistle. Don't boil - especially if you have hard water. It gives a funky taste.

    Pour water into a 1 gallon pitcher and drop in 1 family size tea bag.

    Let it steep for 30 minutes or so.

    Sweeten to taste. I use either 1 cup of sugar or artificial sweetener to equal that.

    Fill the jug the rest of the way up with cold water and stick in the fridge.

    In my house, we make at least 2 gallons every day. More if my Dad stops by.

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    put the tea bags in the coffee maker pour water in ---tea out ......pour over pitcher of ice and add sugar to liking [or not]

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    This is how I make it. 1/2 gallon ofwater brought just to boiling. pour over 6 tea bags cover and let steep 6 minutes.
    Remove tea bags NOW here is the secret to cutting out the bitter and having a nice clear tea add just a pinch of baking soda. Add sugar to taste while tea is still hot. Enjoy

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    Real Iced Tea -


    • 1 large glass pitcher or jar with lid (that will accommodate 8 cups of water)
    • 6 to 8 regular size tea bags (or equivalent loose tea) ((We use 3 Lipton Family size tea bags))

    Directions:

    • Fill pitcher with 8 cups of cold water then add the bags. Seal with lid.
    • Place pitcher in full sun (getting 2 to 3 hours of sunlight–up to 4 hours if you prefer a stronger brew).
    • After brewing, squeeze the tea bags so you get the fullest flavor from them.
    • Add sugar to taste - some people like it really sweet others not so much or at all.
    • Refrigerate until fully chilled.
    • Add ice cubes and any flavorings before serving.

    (You need to add the sugar while it is still warm so it will dissolve. )

    Enjoy and be prepared to make more!!!!

    That's how we do it in the south. No need to get the kitchen warm with a hot stove!

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    Mine is very simple.

    I put a pot of water, 6-7 cups on the stove. I add 3 large tea bags, bring just to a boil, then turn it off. Let it steep for a few (5?) minutes. Pour the hot tea in a gallon pitcher. Add just over a cup of sugar (more or less to taste) stir to disolve. Fill with cold tap water and put in fridge to chill.

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    Very easy. I put 4 family sized tea bags in a 6 cup measuring cup and put it in microwave for 5 minutes. Done. Makes a large glass pitcher full.

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    I would simply make your tea the way you like your hot tea and then either let it cool naturally and pop it in the fridge. My only suggestion added to the above would be to make sure you add your sugar/sweetener while the liquid is hot...otherwise it will not dissolve correctly and you may end up getting a 'gritty' sweet taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandilee View Post
    I am of Northern European descent so there is always tea in my fridge. I have a teamaker that I use but I am guessing that you don't have one. To make it atop the stove I would do it as stated above but here is my formula from on top of the range. I keep it simple.

    4-5 family size tea bags.....black tea or any iced tea blend
    boil water in a saucepan add bags and steep for 30 minutes or more.
    Pour the steeped tea in a gallon pitcher and add cold water. Squeeze teabags.
    Sweeten to taste and refrigerate.

    As you make it you will adjust it to you tastes. Another thought is to add a raspberry teabag to brew.

    I make mine like this, only add approx. 1 1/2 cups of sugar (sweeten to your taste) to hot tea in jar (stir and give a few min to dissolve sugar) before adding cold water.

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    We bought a mr coffee tea maker, put your tea in and water per directions that comes with it. Brews up nicely, refridgerate, sure makes all the difference to have brewed ice tea.

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    I grew up in southern US sweet tea capital of the world I swear ....

    take 6-8 cups of water in a sauce pan, add 1c or less of sugar (makes 2 qts) bring to a boil, turn off stove, add tea bags, let steep for 5-10mins depending on how strong you like your tea. Take the bags out, pour over ice.

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    I love my iced tea maker that I recieved as a house warming gift in 1993.
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    I've always made what I call California tea. Learned it at least40 years ago.
    Take a glass bottle with a tight lid. Old jucie bottle, gallon bottle etc, fill it with water and about 6 bags.
    Seal it tight and place it in the sun for a few days.
    Refrigerate and serve.
    Never bitter and very little floating tanin scum.
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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.

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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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