Kitchen Tip: Tea Brewing Tip

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This is a quick Tea Brewing Tip for sweet tea – it works particularly well with hard water, but we are on city water, and it made a huge difference in the quality of my favorite drink.

I really like sweet tea, but due to the bitterness of the tannins it contains, I hate unsweet tea. I have to have a lot of sugar to counteract the bitterness. However, sugar is not very healthy, and I am trying to get a little healthier.

I found that a pinch (about 1/8 tablespoon) per gallon of tea counteracts the bitterness so that I can enjoy my tea with 1/3 less sugar.

As I mentioned in the video, the ability of baking soda to absorb and counteract contaminates lead to many moonshiners adding it to their mash as they ran their stills.

I read recently that some people have a gene that makes them taste bitter flavors more than others.  I think I have that gene as I cannot stand bitter.  I don’t drink coffee or unsweetened tea.  This tip reduces the bitter tannins enough that I can use much less sugar to counteract the bitterness in tea so I think it is a great thing to share.

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