Using an Iced Tea Maker

If you drink a lot of iced tea, it makes sense to consider investing in an iced tea maker. There are two prevalent types of iced tea makers on the market today, both of which are simple to use and easy to clean. The iced tea maker that will work best for you will depend on how much of the work you want to do yourself.

Automatic iced tea makers work just like automatic coffee makers. They come as electrical units that will need to sit on your counter space plugged into the socket. When you want iced tea, you'll simply put ice into the pitcher, place tea bags in the tea basket, pour water into the heating unit and push the on button. In ten minutes, you'll have a pitcher of iced tea, ready to serve. You can store any excess iced tea in the refrigerator. Most pitchers are designed to fit neatly in your fridge. Some automatic iced tea makers have a dial for determining how strong you want the tea (which controls the steeping time). Some depend on the number of tea bags you use for strength.

The second type of iced tea maker commonly available is a heat-safe clear pitcher with a removable infusion basket. This devise requires you to boil the water on your own and to fill the infusion basket with either tea bags or loose tea and then pour the boiling water into the pitcher. When the tea is done steeping, you remove the infusion basket and add the ice and sweetener.

There are several ways to brew iced tea without using an iced tea maker. You can cook the tea in a pot with the sugar already added or you can place tea bags into a pickle jar and put it outside in the sun for an hour. You can also brew the tea like you would for hot tea, only stronger, and pour it over ice. You may want to experiment with tea brewing methods to determine which method works best for you.

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