Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Turns out you don't even need the sun to make Sun Tea



So it was a cloudy morning yesterday. The sun didn't peek through until after it would have been on the deck (pesky trees, the sun goes behind them around 2 PM).

Anyways, I poured cold tap water into a large tea pot and added 3 small tea bags (well, 2 bags and 1 tea ball).


I left it sitting on the kitchen counter at about 68 degrees F all day. To my surprise, by 3 PM I had tea about the strength of my sun tea. It probably would have become stronger with heat. But this was just fine for me. I let the pot of tea sit on the counter until bedtime, when I put it in the fridge.


This morning, I have cold tea, ready and waiting for me. I can heat a cup in the microwave or drink it over ice. No electricity or sun needed to "brew" a pot of tea.

I never would have thought . . .


12 comments:

  1. I put a quart jar full of water into the fridge last night with two tea bags and I have some perfectly good tea this afternoon. Since I am the only one who drinks tea around here, this works perfectly for me.

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    1. Hi live and learn,
      we were on the same wave-length! Now I'm wondering . . .do we really need the coffee maker? If the sun comes out, I'd like to try making sun coffee.

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  2. I love tea! Amazing what can be done lol

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    1. Hi Shara,
      I never would have guessed that tea could be made without heat. I just always assumed you *had* to heat the water. Otherwise, why would folks put the tea in the sun for Sun Tea? But glad I know this now.

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  3. I've heard somewhere before that you can brew tea this way--I'd forgotten.

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    1. Hi Kris,
      I'd never heard this before. And then last night, I was reading someone's trip report from their vacation, and she talked about making a cup of tea in her hotel room, just using a tea bag in a mug of tap water over night. She didn't mind that it wasn't hot, just wanted some tea to get started for the day.

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  4. hello lili,

    thanks for the tip!!!!!!

    wish you a wonderful day,
    hugs regina

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    1. You're welcome, Regina!
      Hope your day was wonderful, as well!

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  5. I didn't know it was possible to make tea without hot water - thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Economies,
      just one of those happy experiments that actually works! I figure, in winter, I'll about halve the amount of time I microwave my tea, as I normally microwave just the water, drop a tea bag in it. Then after the tea is brewed, I have to reheat it to get it hot again.

      And last night, when I'd drunk all the tea I had made, I added a half tea pot of water to the bags, and now have half a pot of tea. Lastly, I'll actually boil some water and see if I can't extract that last bit of flavor, if there is any.

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  6. and putting just one tea bag in a carafe of water in the fridge makes that water so much more interesting! Better than "crystal lite" or whatever that stuff is and a good way of using up teabags that aren't that nice in a hot cuppa.

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    1. Hi Jessica,
      I seem to collect odd teas. People know that I enjoy tea, so they give me all their leftovers that they don't care for as hot tea. I use them in iced tea all summer long. Now I'll try just putting the bags in pitchers of water in the fridge. Great way to use everything up!

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