Anyone ever made that sun tea stuff?!

Question: Anyone ever made that sun tea stuff?
I remember when i was a lil guy, my grandma made this tea that she pt like a bunch of tea bags in along with some orange or lemon slice and left it in the sun for a few days or whatever. I want to try this now but i do not know how to. if anyone knows how to do it could you please let me know what i need, what i do and how long i let it go for?


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That's pretty much the gist of it, actually. Make sure you pick a day that's supposed to be sunny and warm and have a place where the jar will get full sun all day. Use roughly 1 teabag per cup and just fill the jar with lukewarm water.

NB: Just so you know, most people avoid sun tea these days because the warm environment and long exposure make it a breeding ground for bacteria. If you insist on making it, make sure the jar is covered so that no insects can get into it.

It is really easy to do! You will need a large sun tea jar or container. It is really important that your sun tea jar is glass if possible. The container needs to hold 8 cups of water. Plastic sun tea jars are not recommended.

4-6 of your favorite Tea Bags, green and black tea work best, but you can use any tea bag you like, including herbal teas.

Place the water and the tea bags in the sun tea jar, place on the lid and leave in the Sun to brew and steep for 3-6 hours. You will know your tea is ready when the colour has reached the colour of tea as if it was brewed in a tea pot with boiling water.

Sun Tea tends to be a bit milder tasting than normal brewed tea.

Serve the tea over ice, or drink warm. You can sweeten to taste and a few wedges of lemon make a yummy drink on a lazy summer day.- Homemade Iced Sun Tea!!

Other Types of Sun Tea Recipes

You can make all different types of Sun Tea. Herbs work great for making Sun Tea. A few combos you can try are:

Strawberry Mint Sun Tea
Lemon Mint Sun Tea
Bergamont Sun Tea
Oregano Sun Tea
Basil Sun Tea
Lavendar Sun Tea
Lemon Balm Sun Tea
Spearmint Sun Tea
You can see that you could almost walk about the garden and see what is available and make your tea! Dandelion Tea, raspberry leaf tea, and parsley tea are also really popular herbal teas that are easily made into Sun Tea.

So have some fun and try making some Sun Tea today!

Sun tea describes a method of brewing tea, usually for iced tea, by using exposure to the sun. Water is poured over tea bags, tea leafs, or occasionally just sprigs of mint and left to sit in the sun. Many people enjoy this method because it means not having to heat the house in order to boil up water for a large batch of tea. Yet there are some concerns about sun tea that must be addressed.

Sun tea can harbor bacteria, especially alcaligenes viscolactis. When water is allowed to sit out for several hours, this bacterium can grow, and the heat provided by the sun, which may get the water up to a temperature of 130 F (54.44 C), will not kill the bacteria. Caffeine can help keep the bacteria at bay for a few hours at most. Decaffeinated and herbal teas are actually great for growing the bacteria, which can result in abdominal illness and infection.

There are a few ways to make sun tea that won’t make you ill. The first is to boil the water needed for the tea for at least three to five minutes. This will kill alcaligenes viscolactis. Some tea companies also feature no heat sun tea, which actually isn’t made in the sun, but is made in the refrigerator. Since the water never reaches room temperature, the bacterium doesn’t have a chance to grow.

The key is not allowing sun tea to sit out and come to room temperature, and if you do use mint or other herbs, these should be washed thoroughly. In fact you may want to boil any herbs or seasoning for 3-5 minutes to avoid any harmful bacteria. Once you've made safe sun tea, there are plenty of ways to serve delicious variants.

Consider an herbal tea with citrus essences and garnish with lemon slices, or use a couple of different herbal blends for sun tea. Mix berry with citrus, orange with cinnamon, or any black tea with mint. Green tea has a very mild flavor, which will adapt very well to other flavors. It’s also lower in caffeine and high in antioxidants.

The consumer Foods information on is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions.
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