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(Popular Science)   Apparently there are people out there who don't know how to make iced tea at home. These people are often called "Yankees". Let's help educate these poor, unfortunate souls   (popsci.com) divider line
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2022-07-03 9:28:01 AM  
The English don't even ice their tea down first!  They suck it down hot, those impatient charlatans!

//shudder

//trolling
 
2022-07-03 9:45:00 AM  
Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.
 
2022-07-03 9:50:48 AM  
Why would I want to make rotting plant water?
 
2022-07-03 9:51:21 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.


My wife, the epidemiologist, shudders at the mention of sun tea. "That's what you do when you want to grow bacteria."
 
2022-07-03 10:03:58 AM  

Hubris Boy: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

My wife, the epidemiologist, shudders at the mention of sun tea. "That's what you do when you want to grow bacteria."


A four hour culture tastes best when it's in the mid-80's F.  Above that you start to get tannins.  But since she's concerned, I will let you know if I ever contract dysentery.  I've been dosing myself up every summer since disco was still in fashion.
 
2022-07-03 11:30:00 AM  
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2022-07-03 11:44:09 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.


bah, bah! chuck some herbs n spices in your handy pitcher, refrigerate 2-3 days, share and enjoy.

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/grew up loving lipton sun tea
 
2022-07-03 11:52:41 AM  
I have really gotten into just making iced sencha. Hot tea, into a glass of ice, done. Crisp, clean, it's the sort of summer beverage that is refreshing and doesn't need sugar even.

I do make sweet tea at home during summer, because while I live in Yankeeland, I'm not a Yankee. But that's for guests, and I've been trying to cut my sugar intake over the years.
 
2022-07-03 11:59:37 AM  

GardenWeasel: Why would I want to make rotting plant water?


For the sweet, sweet stress relieving effects of L-theanine? Literally plugs into the glutamate receptors in your brain, reducing your stress response by physically locking those receptors.

Plus, it tastes good and is refreshing?
 
2022-07-03 12:15:30 PM  
Gallon jug, toss in a few Lipton teabags and  a cup of sugar, dump boiling water into jug. Easy peasy
 
2022-07-03 12:56:53 PM  
No sugar. For the love of Julia, Montressor, no sugar.
 
2022-07-03 12:57:34 PM  
My parents were from the south. I drank so much sweet tea growing up that I can't stand the taste now.

/a cold glass of water is my choice of liquid in the summer
/I seldom drink pop, soda, coke, or whatever you call it in your region of the country
 
2022-07-03 12:58:54 PM  
Sweet Tea is an abomination. Convince me otherwise.

(Yes, I'm aware you're supposed to dilute it.  I'm kidding.  Or AM I?  Debate...)
 
2022-07-03 1:07:20 PM  

GardenWeasel: Why would I want to make rotting plant water?


Look everyone...it's "That guy"
 
2022-07-03 1:07:44 PM  
I've had one of these for over 30 years:
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Works fine for iced coffee too.
 
2022-07-03 1:17:50 PM  
I'll take an Arnold Palmer.

Toss a bit of vodak in there too, OK?
 
2022-07-03 1:18:56 PM  
What's there to know?
1) Go to store
2) Buy Nestea.
 
2022-07-03 1:24:07 PM  

hubiestubert: I have really gotten into just making iced sencha. Hot tea, into a glass of ice, done. Crisp, clean, it's the sort of summer beverage that is refreshing and doesn't need sugar even.

I do make sweet tea at home during summer, because while I live in Yankeeland, I'm not a Yankee. But that's for guests, and I've been trying to cut my sugar intake over the years.


Yeah, I'm with you on both counts.

I'll brew whichever loose leaf tea I feel like at 1.5-2x strength, then dump it over ice to chill it.

While I'm from the south, and do like sweet tea, especially for the nostalgia elements (grandma making sweet sun tea in a pitcher on the walkway up to their house), the sugar content puts it right up there with soda.
 
2022-07-03 1:26:55 PM  

Hubris Boy: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

My wife, the epidemiologist, shudders at the mention of sun tea. "That's what you do when you want to grow bacteria."


Mmm... bacteria

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2022-07-03 1:38:45 PM  
Sweet tea is made from leaves. Who am I to disagree?
 
2022-07-03 1:44:37 PM  

ZMugg: I've had one of these for over 30 years:
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Works fine for iced coffee too.


I bought the pitcher that goes with one of those at a garage sale when I was in college. Didn't realize there was an appliance that went with it until I acquired in-laws. Failed to convince them to buy me one and haven't gotten around to it myself, but it does seem like a unitasker I would get a lot of use out of.

There are lots of herbal teas that imo ice better than black tea and are less likely to oversteep and need sweetening to make up for it. I put 4 teabags in a quart sized measuring cup, fill with a kettle full of water, then cool as long as I have patience for before dumping over ice in the above pitcher. The only hard part is not forgetting about it partway through preparation.
 
2022-07-03 2:07:31 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Sun tea is best tea.


Came here to point this out.  Doesn't matter what kind of tea - sun brewing produces the mellowest result.
 
2022-07-03 2:08:30 PM  

LouisZepher: Sweet tea is made from leaves. Who am I to disagree?


Some of them want to infuse you
Some of them want to be infused
 
2022-07-03 2:10:13 PM  
As a Canadian, this is the only iced tea I make at home.
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2022-07-03 2:24:10 PM  

PR Deltoid: I'll take an Arnold Palmer.

Toss a bit of vodak in there too, OK?


That's called a John Daly.

https://www.liquor.com/john-daly-cocktail-recipe-5101092
 
2022-07-03 3:11:41 PM  
Marcus Aurelius:

Barley tea >>  sun tea
 
2022-07-03 3:43:33 PM  

Trocadero: PR Deltoid: I'll take an Arnold Palmer.

Toss a bit of vodak in there too, OK?

That's called a John Daly.

https://www.liquor.com/john-daly-cocktail-recipe-5101092


LOL, I didn't know that, but it's perfect!

That's what I'll call it from now on.  😄
 
2022-07-03 3:47:22 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.


Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope
 
2022-07-03 4:36:39 PM  

anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope


Thats how beer is made.
 
2022-07-03 4:55:43 PM  

anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope


Can you you name the sort of foodborne illness you are afraid of from dry tea leaves?
 
2022-07-03 5:33:30 PM  

alienated: anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope

Thats how beer is made.


Carefully selected yeast cultures in conditions designed to let them drive all the other microbes to extinction. Not whatever random pathogens were floating around in the water and on the leaves.

You probably like to have sex with people who aren't carrying random STDs. Same with beer
 
2022-07-03 5:36:27 PM  

hubiestubert: anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope

Can you you name the sort of foodborne illness you are afraid of from dry tea leaves?


Have had sun tea that stank and had something awful floating in it. Spores can lie dormant and pop up in horrible ways. That's why the USDA and public health types are against it. Stick to your expertise and leave science to the scientists
 
2022-07-03 5:47:55 PM  
I got complimented on my iced tea at yesterday's block party:

A dozen teabags in a 1 gallon pitcher, in the fridge for 36-48 hours, then add water and ice to make 3 gallons.  Heavy syrup in a squeeze bottle for those who want sweet tea.

I grew up with sun tea.  We would set out a glass carafe with two or three teabags in it, and then set it out in the 'sun room' (an addition that we had that was almost 100% louvered windows and no air conditioning or heat).  But you had to take it out and pull the teabags and get it in the fridge as soon as you got home from school.  If you didn't, it would just get *nasty*.

In the fridge, you can get away with 3 days before you pull the bags.  And you can even do a 2 day steep, pour out the pitcher, then re-wet with hot tap water and back into the fridge so you have a refill ready.  (Or let it steep for 2 more days)
 
2022-07-03 5:49:57 PM  
I drank 3-4 cups of coffee a day when I went to the office regularly in the before times.  Now I drink maybe a gallon of iced tea a day instead while working from home  Big plastic pitcher, filtered water, X tea bags of your choice variety, put it in the fridge for Y hours, and it's done.
 
2022-07-03 5:56:01 PM  

hubiestubert: anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope

Can you you name the sort of foodborne illness you are afraid of from dry tea leaves?


Klebsiella,  Enterobacter, and E. coli

You have an agricultural product, that's been out in the field.  They take the top leaves, so most animals can't poop on it, but birds can.

'Herbal' teas are actually more typically the problem vs normal tea, but there are also people dumb enough to add honey, so you get a botulism risk, too.
 
2022-07-03 6:10:05 PM  

anuran: hubiestubert: anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope

Can you you name the sort of foodborne illness you are afraid of from dry tea leaves?

Have had sun tea that stank and had something awful floating in it. Spores can lie dormant and pop up in horrible ways. That's why the USDA and public health types are against it. Stick to your expertise and leave science to the scientists


You mean like food safety? Fantastic. I'm actually qualified to teach food safety in all 50 states. And in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. I suspect my certs will carry over to American Samoa too.

Tea that sits too long, indeed can ferment. Or 'rot' in your parlance. Kambucha is one example. ANY food will rot if left too long. Even brewed tea if it sits in a cambro too long. Even coffee. Soup. Nuts will grow mold if left for too long. Bananas will go bad. Just about any foodstuff that sits too long will go off. Even stuff sealed in cans, even stuff in airproof bags. Honey is just about the only foodstuff that won't rot. And even honey, if contaminated, will still grow some interesting stuff on the top. Which is why food sanitation stresses temperature ranges as well as the sorts of containers--and the cleanliness standard to which a kitchen or bar is held to.

The key is to NOT let it sit too long. You brew sun tea, and then you refrigerate it. Much like you Kool-Aid will go bad if it sits out too long. Food preservatives can keep stuff fresher, but even your Ho-Hos will go off if they sit for long enough.

Indeed, there are places I wouldn't try their tea in a month of Sundays, heck, not even once. Then again, I also wouldn't be trusting the cleanliness standard for their walk-ins either, which puts even bottled beers and canned soda right out too. Now then, you may indeed have some slovenly friends, but some of us actually DO know how to handle food, and I'm betting that you've even paid my industry--the same industry that demanded that I be food safety certified I might add--good money for food and beverages. You trusted them, and with stuff that I suspect was a lot more volatile than off tea.

Now then, there are folks whose kambucha I wouldn't touch either, and that list is a lot longer than the list of folks whose regular iced tea that I wouldn't touch--though, in fairness, a lot of fast food, and chains, and even some Mom and Pop operations are a bit lax in cleaning their iced tea containers. But that means that I cross that joint off my list, as opposed to judging a beverage by the standard of one or two spots. It's like complaining about martinis, when you only get them at a dive, or how dusty beers are today instead of just looking at your glass. Or do you just live in perpetual fear?
 
2022-07-03 6:16:16 PM  

Oneiros: hubiestubert: anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope

Can you you name the sort of foodborne illness you are afraid of from dry tea leaves?

Klebsiella,  Enterobacter, and E. coli

You have an agricultural product, that's been out in the field.  They take the top leaves, so most animals can't poop on it, but birds can.

'Herbal' teas are actually more typically the problem vs normal tea, but there are also people dumb enough to add honey, so you get a botulism risk, too.


Honey can indeed contain the bacteria that causes botulism. In infants. Raw honey can be contaminated as well, so pasteurized honey is the safer bet. Most cases of infant botulism is caused by raw honey, which was contaminated, and untreated, thus setting the conditions. But past a year old, and the danger is minimal to the point of being something only to worry about if you are the Most Nervous of Nellies.
 
2022-07-03 7:12:33 PM  

anuran: alienated: anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope

Thats how beer is made.

Carefully selected yeast cultures in conditions designed to let them drive all the other microbes to extinction. Not whatever random pathogens were floating around in the water and on the leaves.

You probably like to have sex with people who aren't carrying random STDs. Same with beer


In brewing , we make a mash of grains and steep them in various temps of water to convert the starch into sugars. And then we boil that liquid. And so. Forth.
 
2022-07-03 7:15:20 PM  
And then we chill it down as fast as possible and pitch the yeast.
 
2022-07-03 7:55:17 PM  

alienated: anuran: alienated: anuran: Marcus Aurelius: Filthy savages and their nasty refrigerator tea.  Sun tea is best tea.  Also known as New England Tea.

Put organic matter and water at critical temperature for hours. Farkety nope

Thats how beer is made.

Carefully selected yeast cultures in conditions designed to let them drive all the other microbes to extinction. Not whatever random pathogens were floating around in the water and on the leaves.

You probably like to have sex with people who aren't carrying random STDs. Same with beer

In brewing , we make a mash of grains and steep them in various temps of water to convert the starch into sugars. And then we boil that liquid. And so. Forth.


Yep. We make sure that ONLY the microbes we want are there and anything else is killed off.
 
2022-07-03 8:24:44 PM  
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2022-07-03 8:33:25 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Marcus Aurelius:

Barley tea >>  sun tea


oh dear lord, yes please. recently picked up a 1kg of roasted barley and holy amazeballs is it ever lovely hot or cold (well known already from nostalgia of Japanese and Korean conveniences)

boricha, damaicha, mugicha, however you want to call it.

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2022-07-03 8:37:58 PM  
I may be born a Yankee, but at least I know how to spell "refrigerate."

FFS. I mean, they even get the word right in the article - why in the hell is it "refridgerate" in the heading?!
 
2022-07-04 12:06:18 AM  
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2022-07-04 11:46:58 AM  

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2022-07-04 11:57:57 AM  

algman: LouisZepher: Sweet tea is made from leaves. Who am I to disagree?

Some of them want to infuse you
Some of them want to be infused


*Yoink!*
 
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