How to Make Tea?
Is there really a "best" way to make something as simple as a pot or a cup of tea?
Yes, not only does a cup of tea taste best when it is sipped slowly while curled up with a good book, or while enjoying the company of family or friends in a relaxed setting, but it also tastes best if it has been brewed using these "How to Make Tea" tea making tips.
~ Fill the teapot you are going to use with warm clean water, and allow it to sit for a few minutes with the tea pot lid on.
Warming up the teapot will help the tea stay warm and brew properly.
~ Use cold tap water to fill the kettle, cold water has more oxygen in it, creating a more keen flavour of tea.
~ Allow the water in the kettle to come to a full boil.
When the steam from the kettle comes straight up from the spout opening, you know that the water has come to a full boil.
~ If using a tea bag, insert the tea bag into the teapot prior to adding the boiling water.
~ If using loose tea leaves place about one teaspoon of tea leaves per cup of boiling water into a filter. (The quality of the tea leaves will determine if you need to add a little more or less leaves.)
Put the filter into the teapot, and pour the boiling water into the teapot.
~ Cover the pot, (if you have one of those cute tea cozies), and allow the tea pot to brew for about 3 - 7 minutes.
Most delicate type teas will take about 3 minutes, while black, green, and oolong teas will take about 5 minutes.
If you prefer stronger tea, leave the tea bag (time) in accordingly.
~ Remove the tea filter with the tea leaves, (or the tea bag) and briefly stir the tea in the teapot with a spoon.
Do not serve tea with the bag or filter still inside the tea pot.
~ Add the milk (milk is preferable to cream because cream is too "heavy" and masks the flavour of the tea), and the sugar or sugar cubes, sugar substitute, or honey to your (or guest will add it to their own), prior to adding the brewed tea.
Others would say that these additions must be made after serving the tea ... so really it is personal preference:)
~ Relax and ENJOY!
Did you know that there are actually does and don'ts for preparing and drinking tea?
Here (below) are several tips for proper tea etiquette that are good to know ... just in case you don't know that ... apparently extending your "pinkie" finger with enjoying your tea is considered snobbish ;)
With all the different types of tea available, and knowing the best way of "How to Make Tea", why not make a daily tea a tradition in your home?
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