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6 Days of Sweet Tea – the EASY way!

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If you’re lucky enough to live in the South, every day is a great day for Sweet Tea.  My heart breaks for the rest of you who must endure the harsh cold.  I’m sure the Winter months are probably not very conducive to drinking your sweet tea up North.  Bless your little hearts!  😉 Take heart though, Spring is almost here even for the northernmost states of this country and that means Sweet Tea Season for sure!  Yippee!!

6 Days of Sweet Tea - the Easy way!

Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get prone to a bad case of the lazies.  Especially on those HOT Summer days when all I want to do is sit in the shade and sip my iced tea.  So I found a super easy solution that let’s me have sweet tea ready at a moment’s notice.  I love it and frankly, I can’t imagine what I ever did without this neat little trick.  The secret?  Sweet Tea Base!!

I’m sure ya’ll have seen those cartons in the grocery store of iced tea concentrate.  Have you seen the price on those?  WOW!!  Making your own tea base is going to save you a TON of money, especially if your family is like mine and Can’t. Get. Enough. ice-cold sweet tea.

It’s super easy, and here’s how you do it:
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Supplies:

6 quart mason jars, with lids
Some sort of funneling device (I like this one)
24 cups of water
42 iced tea bags (or 18 family size)
6 cups of cane sugar
1½ tsp baking soda
1½ cups lemon juice (optional)

Process:

Start your water in a large pot on the stove.  While you’re waiting for it to boil, fill your mason jars with super hot tap water and set them in the sink full of hot tap water as well.  This is to help temper the glass so they don’t break when you pour boiling hot water in them.  Once the water is boiling, add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.  Remove from heat and get your jars ready.  Add ¼ tsp baking soda and ¼ cup lemon juice (if using) to each jar; add 7 tea bags (3 family size) and pour the sugar-water into the jars.  Cover loosely with the lids and let cool on the counter.  Once the tea is cooled, remove the tea bags (to squeeze, or not to squeeze, is a matter of great debate among Southern ladies who view their sweet tea with a bit of religious reverence ….. I squeeze), then close the lid firmly and refrigerate.

To make sweet tea, shake jar gently to mix, and pour one quart of base into a pitcher with 3 quarts water.  Serve over ice and you’re ready to go.

Making Sweet Tea base
As you can see, I only made 4 jars …. How in the world am I out of jars??

You can use regular old Lipton tea bags, or you can go crazy with any flavored tea you want.  It’s all tasty – no matter what!  Now, if you prefer your tea un-sweet, well …. I don’t think we can be friends anymore that’s ok.   Just leave out the sugar when you’re boiling your water and you’re good to go.   I can tell you with absolute certainty that the tea base will stay fresh tasting for 6 days in the refrigerator …. beyond that, I wouldn’t know because mine never lasts that long.  LOL.  Now go make this, I promise that once you have iced tea at your fingertips in seconds; you’ll never go back to making it one day at a time!   I found my inspiration for this post from Lindsay at Crunchy Savings.com.  Fabulous idea 🙂


Hang in there, my Northern friends.  Spring WILL eventually come.

Hugs, Trixie

 

 

I am sharing this post at In and Out of the KitchenSITSgirls Saturday Sharefest and the Sweet Tea Social Link Party.  Stop by and check them out.  🙂

 

16 Comments

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    Jodie @Jodies Kitchen

    April 25, 2014

    Love this Trixie.Thank you so much for sharing such a neat idea,and I am in the south never heard of this one.

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      Just Trixie

      April 25, 2014

      Hi sweet Jodie! I’m so glad to “see” you. 🙂 I love doing my tea this way because I am LAZY – hahaha. I want to do it once and enjoy it all week. Have a great day!

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    Brittany

    March 30, 2014

    I have been making sweet tea for years and have never heard of ice tea concentrate. I am obsessed with the freshly brewed taste. I have yet to find many restaurants in my area that serve sweet tea. I hate when I ask for sweet tea and the server brings unsweetened tea to the table. I did learn a cool trick from a bartender. Ask for agave nectar instead of using the sugar packets at the table. It dissolves quickly and tastes amazing!

    Brittany
    http://creativityarise.com

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      Just Trixie

      March 30, 2014

      Great tip! I have never used that before, but I will definitely try to remember to ask for it. 🙂 I’m glad you stopped by.

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    Jeannie

    March 30, 2014

    Great tip. Too bad we are diabetic. We do make lots of unsweet tea though, with a twist of lemon. 🙂

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      Just Trixie

      March 30, 2014

      I’m sorry you have to deal with diabetes. If I could be Queen of the world for a day, that horrible disease (and cancer) would be gone for good. 🙁 I have, in the past, replaced the sugar cup for cup with Splenda, but I’m cutting myself off from artificial sweeteners. If you’d like to try it, you just add 1 cup of Splenda to each quart jar when your preparing them for the boiling water. I’m glad you stopped by.

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    Georgia

    March 30, 2014

    Sweet tea is a crazy thing. People are nuts over it! I know people will love this post.

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      Just Trixie

      March 30, 2014

      LOL. I can’t speak for everyone, but I am DEFINITELY nuts over it. I can’t get enough, especially in the Summer. 🙂

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    Nicole @ Three 31

    March 28, 2014

    I’m not quite sure what to think of this, but it’s definitely nifty. Two things I would add: more sugar (it is SAY-WEET tea!!!!) and a pinch or two of baking soda. My great-grandmother taught me this trick and I swear it makes all the difference in the world. The tea doesn’t have a ‘bite’ and isn’t cloudy when served in a chilled glass or Mason jar. Oh, and Luzianne tea bags are the ONLY ones allowed in my house. A year ago, I gave up all caffeine and sugar (including sweet tea, sad face) because of my pregnancy (still on strict diet for lactation purposes) but I use Luzianne decaf for my jug of (unsweet) tea. Husband’s jug, though, has the good stuff: SUGAR!!!!!!

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      Just Trixie

      March 29, 2014

      Hey Nicole, thanks for stopping by. I totally agree with you on the baking soda trick. It makes all the difference. I would put more sugar in my tea also, but my hubby doesn’t care for “syrup” as he calls it, so we compromise with 1 cup per gallon. 🙂 I’m not all up in “super-wife” category making him his own jug. LOL. Have a great day.

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    Aleshea Dominique

    March 28, 2014

    Yum, yum, yum. I drink so much sweet tea I swear it’s what my body is made up of.

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    Jennifer S.

    March 28, 2014

    My hubby is completely addicted to sweet tea… He’d LOVE me if I had some of these waiting for him the next time he comes home 🙂

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      Just Trixie

      March 28, 2014

      You should totally do it! “Most Awesome Wife in the World” award coming soon. 🙂

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    Sandy Masters

    March 27, 2014

    Most people from the North don’t drink sweet tea. 🙂 but I’ll let you be my friend anyway.

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      Just Trixie

      March 27, 2014

      Haha. I’m glad you still like me 😉 I did notice when I lived there that when I asked for sweet tea in a restaurant they offered me un-sweet tea and some sugar. That is SO NOT THE SAME!! LOL

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