How To Make The Perfect Iced Tea At Home

Freshly brewed tea made at home is easy, healthy, and economical. Most importantly, you control the amount of sugar or sweetener added.

Because tea is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids it can give you healthier teeth and stronger bones. If you drink tea regularly you may reduce your risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

When making tea at home, it is best to buy loose tea or tea bags. These give you the best brewing.

An important thing to check on the label is the source of the tea. Teas plants are notorious for “soaking up” pollutants such as heavy metals from the soil they grow in. Buy brands that tell you where the tea comes from so you’ll know what you’re getting.

Use fresh spring or filtered tap water. Mineral water or distilled water can give the tea an off flavor.

Here are the steps:

Bring water to a boil or near boil.

Steep a teaspoon of loose tea in the water for 3 to 5 minutes, or one bag per cup. The exact amount of tea timing depends on the type of plant. The label on the tea you purchased will give you the best steep time and water temperature instructions.

Strain the tea and pour into a large pitcher.

Refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Serve over ice, with a sprig of mint or lemon wedge.

May keep in refrigerator for up to a week.

Squeezing the juice from a fresh lemon or lime helps to preserve the flavonoids in tea and adds a delicious flavor.

If unsweetened tea is not to your liking try adding a little honey to the mix. Experiment with different ingredients and brands of tea. Be aware that most tea contains caffeine unless you buy decaffeinated or herbal tea.

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