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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