Posted on | March 14, 2013 | 4 Comments
We love drinking herbal iced teas with dinner. We enjoy Red Rooibos, Vanilla Mint & Honey Green Tea, to name a few. Several years ago I had learned about freezer cooking. Ya know, where you make lots of food & store it in your freezer for nights where you don’t feel like cooking, or you’ve been really busy that day? I was also beginning my foray into pantry mixes, homemade spice mixes in bulk, etc.
Anyhoo, a few years a ago I was making iced tea, & it dawned on me that this was another area in my kitchen I could make ahead. I’ve mentioned before that I take tea concentrate on road trips with us. This is another area that makes life a little easier. We can pack our iced tea in a small jar & prepare it when we arrive. The load is MUCH lighter, & we can enjoy some healthy comforts of home. We don’t have to rely on the HFCS-sodas or fake-dye-juice-drinks at our destination.
I like to make several of these at a time & freeze them. At the beginning of the week, I take one out to make immediately & another to thaw in the refrigerator.
Herbal tea concentrate
Vanilla, optional (this is great in red rooibos & mint teas)
1 ½ cups water (you can use up to 2 cups, depending on how much sweetener, if any, you are using)
Add water & tea leaves or bags to a small saucepot. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. If using sugar, put it in a glass measuring cup. Strain the tea into the measuring cup & stir to dissolve the sugar. If you’re using honey allow to cool to about 100º. Add honey, & stir to dissolve. Allow tea (sweetened or unsweetened) to cool to room temperature.
Pour your cooled tea into a pint-sized mason jar & cap tightly. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Likewise, you can freeze this in a freezer appropriate container.
When you’re ready to make your tea, add the contents of the jar to a gallon container. Add ice & cold water to make 1 gallon.
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