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Old 07-31-2008, 02:25 PM   #1
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ISO Sweet Tea recipe

I am looking for a sweet tea recipe that is not deadly sweet. After look a Googling tea recipes, I am totally confused. One calls for 2 cups of sugar with 8 tea bags, then brew for 15 - 20 min. another leaves bags in for 4 - 5 hours, then adding sugar, it goes on and on. What is with an 1/8 to 1/4 baking soda being added to the mix? I understand that everyone's tastes are different and some like their tea sweeter then others, but I am looking for a basic recipe to start from. I have tasted some pretty awful " sweet teas" they were either too sweet, harsh, chemical tasting or a combination of all three. Thanks

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Old 07-31-2008, 02:27 PM   #2
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What is your tea of choice?
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:58 PM   #3
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I am assuming you mean tea bag, Luzinne. I make a tea with 2 Luzianne, 1 Boston Tea w/orange and spice, with 18 1/4 grain saccharin tablets, in 1 qt tea pot, let it Brew 3-4 hours. Been making this for years, I am just searching for something different. I have always heard people rave about sweet tea, but I have never had what I feel is a good sweet tea. I was hoping someone from the deep South would respond.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:46 PM   #4
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1 Cup of Water in a pot
1 Luzianne Family Size Teabag in the pot
Bring to a boil...Turn heat as low as you can, and cover for 5 to 10 minutes.
Pour the brewed tea in a pitcher that will hold 1/2 gallon of water.
Squeeze the bag out into the pitcher...Don't burn yorself!!
Fill the picture with tap water...Stir well.
Sweeten with pure cane sugar to taste....Stir until well disolved

If you like your tea stronger...use two tea bags....
Loose tea works well also....

Once you get your recipe down pat as to the amount of sugar...you may disolve it in a little hot water before adding to the pitcher.

Make ahead and refrigerate to chill so your ice want melt and dilute the tea too much....

Enjoy!!!!
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:57 PM   #5
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1 quart water
4 quart size tea bags (family size)- I use Luzianne
2 cups sugar
3 quarts of cold water

In a large pot bring 1 quart of the water to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Pour the sugar into a 1 gallon jug and cover it with some hot tap water. Stir well. Remove the tea bags from the tea and pour the tea into the jug. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Finish filling the jug with cold water. Stir well.

Add some mint leaves and/or some lemon for a garnish.
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:04 PM   #6
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Well UB, this is our first disagreement!

NEVER, ever squeeze your tea bags. This releases too much acid and it turns the tea bitter.

I can't really elaborate more as I am now at work - will get back to this later but wanted to interject that tidbit - I'm sure we're still friends UB
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:16 PM   #7
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I don't squeeze mine either Kitchenelf.
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:20 PM   #8
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Well UB, this is our first disagreement!

NEVER, ever squeeze your tea bags. This releases too much acid and it turns the tea bitter.

I can't really elaborate more as I am now at work - will get back to this later but wanted to interject that tidbit - I'm sure we're still friends UB
ditto on the not squeezing the tea bags, the tannic acid makes it awful.
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I put one gallon of water on to heat just below boiling. Add 4 family size Luzianne tea bags (I use decaf ones) let steep for 20-30 mins. Remove bags, add 1 cup sugar while still hot and stir. Pour into pitcher and chill in fridge. Occasionally I'll use 8 Constant Comment tea bags but then I cut the sugar in half.
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this is a good thread!
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