❄️⏱️ Discover the Art of Cold-Brewing Tea πŸƒπŸ«–

Posted by Dani Noto on

cold-brewing to make iced tea

Are you constantly running out of your favorite iced tea?

You brew it up, and it's gone almost immediately as your family pours big glasses to enjoy it.

That's how it was when I was growing up, and that's how it is now in my house when my kids are all home. Even now, my husband and I can go through two quarts in a day.

So, how do you solve this problem?

As a fellow tea enthusiast, I wanted to share a refreshing and delightful way to enjoy your favorite teas – cold brewing.

Cold-brewing tea has gained popularity for its simplicity and unique flavor profile.

Unlike traditional hot brewing methods, cold brewing involves steeping tea leaves in cold water for an extended period, typically overnight, in the refrigerator.

If you're brewing a black or oolong tea, letting your tea steep overnight would be the correct steep time.

But what about green tea or white tea?

Green and white teas take only 30 minutes to cold brew, making this method ideal if you want delicious tea quickly. This gentle process extracts the delicate flavors of the tea leaves while minimizing the release of tannins and bitterness, resulting in a smooth, subtly sweet brew.

Here are some simple steps to get started with cold brewing:

Choose your tea. If this is your first try at cold brewing, I suggest choosing green or white tea.

My new Raspberry Green Tea Prefilled Teabags are phenomenal for large amounts of iced tea. If you don't want to do a gallon, try my Decaf Raspberry Green Tea, which is sold by the ounce.

Also popular are my fruit-flavored green teas, such as Pomegranate and Blueberry Green, Berryliscious, Hawaiian Citrus Cooler, Tropical Green, Tropical Twister, Peachy Apricot, Marvelous Mango, Strawberry Sundae Green, and Wonderful Watermelon.

Measure. Use approximately 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of tea leaves per 8 ounces of cold water. Adjust the amount according to your taste.

Container. I highly recommend my Craft Cold Brew Filter. This little gem fits any wide-mouth canning jar from 16 to 64 ounces, which is a great way to use those canning jars that are just hanging around in your cupboard.

Because this filter fits various sizes, it gives you options on the amount of tea you brew, from one or two servings up to half a gallon.

The Craft Cold Brew Filter comes in three beautiful colors: melon, teal, and grey.

Cold water. If you're using the Craft Cold Brew system, fill the mason jar, a clean pitcher, or a glass container with cold, filtered water.

Room-temperature water works, too, but your tea will take a bit longer to steep.

Steep. Add the measured tea leaves to the cold water and gently stir to ensure even saturation. Cover the container and place it in the refrigerator to steep for at least 30 minutes.

Serve. Once steeped to your liking, your cold-brewed tea is ready to be enjoyed over ice for a refreshing treat.

Don't worry about trying to strain out the tea leaves. The Craft Cold Brew Filter has a filter built right into it.

Also, green and white teas do not have to have their tea leaves removed before drinking. So just pour and enjoy.

Cold brewing allows you to experiment with different tea varieties and flavor combinations, providing endless opportunities to create your own signature iced teas. To customize your brew further, add fresh fruits, herbs, or sweeteners like honey, agave, or organic Yacon syrup.

Whether you're sipping it on a warm spring or summer day or seeking a refreshing alternative to your morning cup of hot tea, cold brewing offers a delightful way to experience the nuanced flavors of your favorite teas.

I encourage you to try cold brewing and explore the wonderful world of iced teas.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need recommendations on tea varieties. I'm here to help.

Happy Cold Brewing!

~ Dani

Disclaimer: This newsletter is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. It is not to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare or medical professional.

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