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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted March 18, 2007 17:22      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Bear and I received this really cool iced tea maker for our wedding, but I'm having some issues with it. Well, actually, just one issue:

When do you add the sugar? The directions that came with the machine make it sound like you put it in the brew basket with the filter* and the tea. However, that clogs up the works sometimes. And even when it doesn't, a thick residue of sugar is usually left in the basket. If I add it to the pitcher on top of the ice cubes before I start brewing, it just settles to the bottom. Must I start making sugar syrup like they do in the south to stir in after I've finished brewing the tea?

*If I use tea bags, must I still use a filter?

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I would think that adding the sugar is always done after the tea is finnished. also, if you use tea in bags the bags should be enough of a filter. I make iced tea by letting tea bags sit in a pitcher of water in the sun for a few hours. I never add suger into any tea. (which is why I always have to make my own iced tea becuase store bought tea is always sweetened.)

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Icon 1 posted March 19, 2007 03:16      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My mom has a good sun tea recipe, too. The cool thing about our present is that we have iced tea within 10 minutes... even on days when there's no sun. [Smile]

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Haha...mere mortals and the iced tea...
/me looks in the general direction of Boston, where a certain member's 'tea' can make you pucker up and keep you awake for awhile. [Wink] [Razz]

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Who, me? [Wink]
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If it's like mine (a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea maker), don't put the sugar in the brewing basket. Put it in the pitcher after you've measured the water out. Mine says to put the sugar in the brewing basket with the tea bags, too, but that's crazy talk. Just stir the freshly-brewed tea while it's still hot and easy to dissolve the sugar, then add the remaining ice and water.
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Too bad uilleann's not here.
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quote:
Originally posted by sosumi:
Who, me? [Wink]

Yes'm. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by boo:
Too bad uilleann's not here.

Why? He's more into soda, afaik.

If we were talking about something loosely related, that'd be another story, but that's a pretty warped extension of things.

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
quote:
Originally posted by boo:
Too bad uilleann's not here.

Why? He's more into soda, afaik.
Yeah, no, that's not it. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by supaboy:
If it's like mine (a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea maker), don't put the sugar in the brewing basket. Put it in the pitcher after you've measured the water out. Mine says to put the sugar in the brewing basket with the tea bags, too, but that's crazy talk. Just stir the freshly-brewed tea while it's still hot and easy to dissolve the sugar, then add the remaining ice and water.

Hmmm... that's a thought. I usually forget about the water and fill the pitcher with ice. [crazy] So I should just totally forget about the ice instead of the water. :lightbulb: Thanks, supaboy!

BTW, do you live anywhere near Greenville? I have in-laws there. Visited once last year for the first time. 'Twas very fun.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Hmmm... that's a thought. I usually forget about the water and fill the pitcher with ice. [crazy] So I should just totally forget about the ice instead of the water. :lightbulb: Thanks, supaboy!

BTW, do you live anywhere near Greenville? I have in-laws there. Visited once last year for the first time. 'Twas very fun.

Yeah, you're gonna put the pitcher in the fridge at some point anyway, so the ice is not critical IMO.

Greenville is about 90 miles away. I've been there a couple times, most recently for the Greenville Cycling Classic, where I got George Hincapie's autograph, and got to see a kid I used to teach karate to when he was in grade school race with professionals. [Applause]

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In my beautiful home state of North Carolina, you heat up the water, take it off the burner, seep in the tea bags and then dump in the sugar--and I mean dump it in. Typical sweet tea calls for about a cup of sugar for every gallon of tea. Some people can't stand it but I grew up drinking sweet tea so I love it. The important thing is to put the sugar into the pitcher while the tea is still hot but not boiling.

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I agree with Supergoo in regard to making sweet tea--6 tea bags in a four cup measuring cup, fill with boiling water and steep. When its very dark, pour it in a one gallon pitcher, add one cup of sugar, and fill to the one gallon line with cold water.

An ice tea maker would never work for us because we go through at least 2 gallons of sweet tea a week at home.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
I never add suger into any tea. (which is why I always have to make my own iced tea becuase store bought tea is always sweetened.)

Not always. Tejava is an excellent unsweetened tea, and Trader Joe's has started offering a couple of other varieties under their own label. Of course, I imagine the nearest store is still a tad far away, but I can gloat, can't I? [Wink]

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