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Archive for June 4, 2011

TIP OF THE DAY: Brew Your Own Iced Tea

Use your favorite tea bags to brew
iced tea. It’s easy! Photo by Katharine
Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

 

June is National Iced Tea Month, inspiring one of our favorite tips:

Brew your own iced tea.

It’s easy to buy bottles of ready-brewed tea, but why pay dollars when you can enjoy it for pennies—and be kind to the environment at the same time?

We picked up two boxes of flavored tea bags from Salada: Pomegranate Berry and Tropical Mango. First we enjoyed them hot.

Then, as the weather quantum-leaped into summer, we enjoyed them iced, brewing the tea in our favorite Breville Tea Maker (you can easily boil water in a tea kettle and brew the tea in a large mixing bowl).

The fruit gives a natural sweetness to the tea, so no extra sweetener was necessary.

 

We let the brewed tea cool, then pour it into empty water bottles and iced tea bottles we’d saved for the purpose. If we’d had room in the fridge, we’d have a pitcher—but we also enjoy the grab-and-go convenience of our home-brewed tea in 16-ounce bottles.

We love the flavor of these fruity iced teas, and we also love the math:

  • Box Of 20 Flavored Salada Tea Bags: $3.00
  • Amount Of Tea Brewed From Them: More than 20 bottles’ worth*
  • One Bottled Of Tea: $1.59 to $1.79 or more (one flavored tea bag: 15¢)
  • Amount Saved: $52.65* (that’s a weekly savings for us, as we drink several bottles a day)
  • Benefit To Environment: Good
  • *We used two tea bags to brew tea that filled 3.5 16-ounce bottles, or 35 bottles worth from one box of 20 tea bags. At $1.59/bottle for ready-made tea, our $3.00 box of tea made $55.65 worth of $1.59 bottles.

    Brew your favorite tea flavors—we also brew jasmine, lemongrass, plain black and green teas, among others.

    Here are step-by-step instructions for how to brew iced tea.

  • Take our Iced Tea Trivia Quiz.
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