Monday, April 25, 2011

How to Brew the Perfect Pot of Tea

The Royal Wedding is this Friday and lots of people are marking the occasion by celebrating High Tea. I love tea. It's calorie free, packed full of health benefits and it actually tastes good! It's great all year and there are tons and tons of different varieties to suit any taste.


This tea chart from Harney and Sons is really helpful when brewing tea leaves.

Brewing Basics
Bring fresh filtered water to a full boil for black teas, herbals and some oolongs. Use less than boiling water for whites, greens, and some oolongs. Using a teaspoon, (the perfect tool for measuring tea) measure one level teaspoon of loose tea for each cup desired. Pour prepared water over tea, steep according to the brewing instructions below, and enjoy!
Water Temp
Steep Time
White Teas
180F
3-8 minutes
Green Teas
180F
1-3 minutes
Oolong Teas
180F-212F**
1-5 minutes**
Black Teas
212F
5 minutes
Herbals
212F
5 minutes

Are you planning on watching the Royal Wedding with tea in hand?

Happy Cooking!

Joy

1 comment:

sugarcookie067 said...

I sure hope there will be tea!