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The Perfect Sweet Tea.. with a Secret Ingredient...

Posted by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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Ingredients -
5 - 8 Family size Tea Bags. (or 12 regular Tea Bags)
( I prefer #1 Luzianne or #2 Liptons Brand Teas.)
1 Quart (4 Cups) - Boiling Water
3 Quarts (12 cups) - Cool Water
1 1/2 - 2 (one & a half) - Cups Sugar.
1/4 teaspoon - Baking Soda (this IS the SECRET Ingredient!!)


Directions -
1. Sprinkle baking soda into a pitcher (I use a gallon-size Mason Jar but many people have voiced concerns about pouring boiling water into a glass container, so use whatever container you'd like)
Add Tea bags to the pitcher/baking soda,
Pour Boiling water over tea bags,
Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
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2. Remove and toss out Tea Bags,
Add Sugar and Stir until completely dissolved.
Add Cool Water.
Refrigerate until cold and ready to drink.
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3. Serve over ice,
Take a nice long sip.
Swoon.
Repeat.

http://cravingcomfort.blogspot.com/2012/07/sweet-tea.html

by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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Kaylawv2
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM
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Why baking soda?Never heard if it in sweet tea. I'll have to try it.
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mylilprincesses
by Paula on Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM
i grew up having more sweet tea than sodas.. and this is first time i have EVER heard of putting baking soda into a batch of tea.. wonder how it tastes.. lol
KamsOne
by Jen on Dec. 5, 2012 at 9:16 AM
Wonder what the baking soda does for it??
goddess99
by Michelle on Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Interesting.. I love sweet tea.

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

 It's supposed to remove any bitterness that's caused by the tannins in the tea, and supposed to keep it clear. I don't think it is necessary.

Quoting KamsOne:

Wonder what the baking soda does for it??

 

Kimberly954
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I actually tried it and didnt find any difference.

Quoting SweetLuci:

 It's supposed to remove any bitterness that's caused by the tannins in the tea, and supposed to keep it clear. I don't think it is necessary.

Quoting KamsOne:

Wonder what the baking soda does for it??

 


jsl2007
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM
Hhmmm
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specialwingz
by Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM
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No baking soda in the sweet tea here in TX.  But, I have learned the TRUE secret to perfect sweet tea is to use a simple syrup instead of putting the sugar straight into the tea and stirring till disolved.  All you have to do is take the 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of the water, put in sauce pan and cook and stir till the sugar is all dissolved.  Then add to your tea.  This ensures that the sugar is completely dissolved.  If you simply add the plain dry sugar to the hot tea, it cools the tea down and you will still have sugar sitting at the bottom of the pitcher.

periwinkle163
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

 Blech, cold tea is so gross to me, lol

mylilprincesses
by Paula on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

 really? i have only once in my life had hot tea... lol

Quoting periwinkle163:

 Blech, cold tea is so gross to me, lol

 

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