Ice Tea Adventure! April 29 2015, 1 Comment
It all started a year ago in a few antique / thrift shops with my good friend Dotti, the Goodwill and the Salvation Army. I fell in love with ceramic water pitchers. I kept purchasing them each time I found a new one. All colors and sizes – I bought a short white one, a fourteen inch tall hunter green one that was painted yellow inside (odd!) and a short plump navy blue one (LOVE!). Maybe it was the universe getting me ready for what was to come…my sister, Becca, and I purchasing a tea blending house.
At first, I put the pitchers up in the cupboard. Nope, not good enough, I had to see them. They make my heart sing – they can’t be hidden. I pulled them all back out and displayed them around my kitchen on the shelves and others holding my wooden spoons and utensils.
Our first endeavor owning Tempest in a Teapot – testing iced tea blends. How much tea to a bag? How long too steep before the tea turns bitter? I researched on line. Tannins are released in the process of steeping tea – and if over steeped too many tannins are released and cause the bitterness in tea. A lot of the Southern Ice Tea recipes call for ½ teaspoon of baking soda to take out any bitterness brewing ice tea. It works!
I prepared two test batches of iced tea Mint to Be green tea and Gentleman’s black tea. I put ¼ cup of tea into each bag and tied them off. I decided on the perfect ceramic pitchers for the occasion – The little short plump navy blue one and the taller green with yellow lining. I filled my beautiful pitchers with the tea and boiling water. I steeped them for nine minutes and took the bags out. In the fridge they went overnight. I woke up three times in the night, I was so excited!
Sunday morning, I opened the fridge with such anticipation!! The Mint to Be looked great in color (clear and light green) and in taste (soft and refreshing). A successful test.
The Gentleman’s…….the Gentleman’s…..where the heck was the Gentleman’s tea? The pitcher was empty. Not a single drop. I stood there for a few minutes. Who drank the tea? I have children and grandchildren that are in and out of the house. Where was the tea?
There is my beautiful golden in color tea – my Gentleman’s tea – all over my fruits and vegetables – the beautiful golden liquid is still dripping down to the bottom of the fridge and down under the fridge on the floor. My little beautiful favorite blue ceramic pitcher had a leak in the bottom. I did for a minute think of licking it up!! I still love my navy picture – but it is back to holding wooden spoons. Tammy Smith.
Dayane on August 16 2018 at 02:25PM
I so love the homemade cake and detooacirns. They mean more than store bought, they come from love and what great memories. you did good mommy., HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY to your sweet little girl.KAREN recently posted..