Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Best Sweet Tea...Secret Ingredient?

Secret Ingredient?
When you live in Texas, your sweet tea is very important to you....at least it is in our house!  We drink LOTS of tea. I make 2 gallons at a time, a few times per week.  So, while I was blog surfing one day I came across the secret to the best tea in Texas.
What's the secret you ask? You'll never guess! BAKING SODA!  Baking soda added to your boiling water will produce the clearest sweet tea you've ever tasted.  It totally removes the bitterness as well.  We love it!
Perfect Texas Sweet Tea
* makes 1 gallon*

5 - 8  Family size tea bags or 12 regular tea bags. I use 6 family sized decaffeinated tea bags.

We use filtered water for the best tasting tea
1 Quart  (4 Cups) - Boiling Water
3 Quarts (12 cups) - Cool Water
1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar (I only use 1 cup)
1/4 teaspoon - Baking Soda


The "How Tos"

Boil your water
Sprinkle baking soda into your pitcher and then add your boiling water and tea bags.  Let it steep for 15 minutes or longer.  Remove the tea bags, add sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Add cold water and then refrigerate until cold.  Serve over ice cubes (we use star shaped cubes for fun). I also add a lemon wedge and a straw to mine! Yummy!


Please click HERE for the original recipe.   Thanks Dana!

I know if you're crazy about tea like we are you're gonna try this recipe the next time you make tea!  I'll never make it any other way now!
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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

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  2. Baking Soda?? No way!!! I wonder why it makes it taste so different... I'm a little hesitant to try, but since you insist, I will go make a batch right now!! :)

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  3. Wow ... I never knew; but always wondered WHY mine would never taste quite as good or look as good ... bitter, sometimes cloudy, sometimes not cloudy. It now makes sense; I bet it's same with coffee, too. (amt may need to be adjusted a tiny bit) The soda neutralizes the tannins. 😊 Thanks for the awesome tip!

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  4. I wonder if this works in Iced Coffee as well, the clarity is important and while I definitely have the secret to iced coffee, I will give sweet tea to you! :) OH, I am wondering, have you messed with the liquid sugar at all? I have found it works really great in my Iced Coffee..so it makes sense it would work for Tea. I figured that out when frequenting coffee shops and poking around,the higher priced shops all seem to use liquid sugar..Thanks for the post..once summer comes round, I will be trying this. Today it just happens to be below zero in my neck of the woods..BRRRRR..

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