How to Make Iced Tea without Boiling Water (or paying extra for cold brew bags)

May 27, 2014 by

Iced Tea
For those of you who know me at all, you know that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen in the name of frugality. Because of that, I like to make things as easy on myself as possible. One simple way I do that is the way I make iced tea.

You don’t need to boil water. You don’t even need to pay extra for cold brew bags. I have used many different brands of tea bags and this trick works with them all.

Every evening before I finish working in the kitchen, I drop 2 regular tea bags in my glass carafe and fill it to the top with cold water. I place it in the fridge and I have iced tea for the next day.  If I forget to do this in the evening, I can do it in the morning and have iced tea ready, if not in time for lunch, at least in time for dinner.

The most economical way I have found to keep the family in iced tea is to buy the regular black tea bags in the largest box possible. If you’d like a little flavor, you can buy your favorite and use one bag of each. My favorites are mango, peach, and raspberry. I will use a plain, black, Lipton tea bag and one flavored. This gives our iced tea just a hint of flavor.

If you like your iced tea stronger, simply add more bags until you reach the desired strength. If you have a larger family, you can brew your tea very strong and add more cold water when serving.

This would probably be a good time for me to mention that we drink our tea unsweetened. I would imagine that if you tried to add sugar or honey to iced tea, I don’t think it would dissolve in cold water as well as in hot. You could always heat enough water to dissolve your sweetener and add that to your cold water/tea bag mixture before refrigerating overnight.

This is one super simple tip I use to limit my kitchen time. I like that I don’t have to take the time to boil water, or to wait for it to cool before refrigerating.

It may seem like a simple thing, but it is shortcuts like this that keep me in my kitchen with a smile on my face (most of the time!)

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Leave a comment and let us know how you make your iced tea.

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4 Responses to How to Make Iced Tea without Boiling Water (or paying extra for cold brew bags)

    • Heather

      Just wait until July! Yes, fruit slices are wonderful. Fresh mint, cilantro, mangoes, and pineapple are also delicious! Thanks for the reminder.

  1. bonniesteinborn

    How fun — I thought you were going to talk about sun tea — I still drink only hot green and silver tea — but maybe my gals from Belarus may like iced tea and this is much easier that waiting for the sun to shine here in Oregon:) thank you and love

    • Heather

      We drink hot tea morning and night, but for meals, we like iced. Sun tea is good, but I like this method better! Love to you, Bonnie.

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