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Old 02-21-2013, 06:23 AM   #1
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how to make sweet tea

We live in NJ. My dd17 was in Atlanta GA around Thanksgiving and drank sweet tea and loved it. Just yesterday we were out shopping and she made the comment how she loved the sweet tea she had in GA. So...I am asking how to make it so I can surprise her. Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:41 AM   #2
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We live in NJ. My dd17 was in Atlanta GA around Thanksgiving and drank sweet tea and loved it. Just yesterday we were out shopping and she made the comment how she loved the sweet tea she had in GA. So...I am asking how to make it so I can surprise her. Thanks!

Lets try again, I accidentally deleted my entire post. I use 3 family or 9 regular size tea bags. I simply put them in a small pan of water and heat on the stove. Don't turn it on too high or the tea bags may burst if the water boils. Let the water heat for a while, I just look at it and tell by the color, when it is dark it is done. I pour the tea into a large pitcher and add about 2 cups of sugar. YOu must add the sugar while the tea is hot. I then add water, tea is way too strong to drink like this. It really is a matter of taste as too how strong and sweet you like your tea.

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Old 02-21-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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Really isn't hard. The big thing is you MUST MUST MUST put in the sugar while the tea is hot. Also, I don't know if you ever make tea, and please don't be insulted when I say this, but I have friends that moved from NJ and their idea of tea was to buy a can on instant lipton tea. They couldn't figure out why theirs didn't taste like mine. But tea bags, put in a pan on the stove. I use 3 family bags for a large pitcher, sorry can't remember exactly what size. Anyway, put the pan on medium heat and let get hot and leave it for a few minutes. Don't boil the tea bags could burst. Pour into pitcher and add sugar, and water. The sugar totally depends on how sweet you like it. I add about 2 cups. If the tea isn't hot, the sugar won't dissolve. Anyway, it really is trial and error, it just depends on how strong you like your tea and how sweet you like it.

Also, I see they like to promote Luzianne tea for the south I think, personally, I hate Luzianne and only use Lipton
Thanks..Not insulted at all I am not a tea or coffee drinker...this is why I asked!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:03 AM   #4
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I like to make syrup and keep in the fridge for when someone wants sweet tea.

ICE TEA SYRUP
3 c. sugar
3 c. water
16 tea bags
Boil sugar and water. Add tea bags and simmer for 15 minutes. Let set for 15 minutes. Take out tea bags. Use 1 cup of syrup to 1 pitcher of water. Store remaining syrup in refrigerator.
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I like to make syrup and keep in the fridge for when someone wants sweet tea.

ICE TEA SYRUP
3 c. sugar
3 c. water
16 tea bags
Boil sugar and water. Add tea bags and simmer for 15 minutes. Let set for 15 minutes. Take out tea bags. Use 1 cup of syrup to 1 pitcher of water. Store remaining syrup in refrigerator.
OMG, I have got to drink at least one cup of coffee before tying to read or post, I actually thought you said you like to keep maple syrup in the fridge. YUCK. Oh my, and YES, that is a great idea. I have actually melted sugar in hot water for someone when all I had was un sweet tea.

I really do need that coffee. lol
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Sweet tea is quite simple to make. I make mine a little different the pp. I fill a two quart pan about one third of cold water. Let it come to a boil and then I place 4 tea bags (or 2 family size tea bags) in the boiing water and remove from the stove. Let tea bags simmer about 5 minutes (too long makes the tea bitter). In a large pitcher, I put 2/3 cup of sugar and add the hot tea. Stir till disolved and then fill to the brim with cold water. Keep in the refrigerator.

You'll learn quickly how much sugar to use. It's a staple at this house.

Enjoy! Karen
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Sweet tea is quite simple to make. I make mine a little different the pp. I fill a two quart pan about one third of cold water. Let it come to a boil and then I place 4 tea bags (or 2 family size tea bags) in the boiing water and remove from the stove. Let tea bags simmer about 5 minutes (too long makes the tea bitter). In a large pitcher, I put 2/3 cup of sugar and add the hot tea. Stir till disolved and then fill to the brim with cold water. Keep in the refrigerator.

You'll learn quickly how much sugar to use. It's a staple at this house.

Enjoy! Karen
This is the way I make mine too, but use 1 cup sugar in a 2 quart pitcher. I use Tetley Tea bags.
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Sweet tea is quite simple to make. I make mine a little different the pp. I fill a two quart pan about one third of cold water. Let it come to a boil and then I place 4 tea bags (or 2 family size tea bags) in the boiing water and remove from the stove. Let tea bags simmer about 5 minutes (too long makes the tea bitter). In a large pitcher, I put 2/3 cup of sugar and add the hot tea. Stir till disolved and then fill to the brim with cold water. Keep in the refrigerator.
This is how I make mine too, except that I use 4 family size bags. Also, I add a little water from the tap to the sugar in the pitcher before I add my tea from the pan because if the tea is too hot, it can carmelize the sugar. I generally use Splenda instead of sugar now and it's pretty good too.

I never thought about the fact that people from other parts of the country outside of the South might not know how to make iced sweet tea. Wow - strange!
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I have a tea brewer but you can use a coffee maker. I use 4 family tea bags. Fill the water unit and let it brew. I do this three times for one gallon. Before Weight Watchers I would use 2 cups of sugar, but we now use 1 1/2 cup of Splenda. Be sure to add sugar to the hot tea so it will melt when mixing. Then please into the frig to chili. I fix one gallon a day for me and my husband. We drink a lot of cold tea.
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This is how little I know about tea...What is a family bag?? I assume just a larger tea bag??
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Lets try again, I accidentally deleted my entire post. I use 3 family or 9 regular size tea bags. I simply put them in a small pan of water and heat on the stove. Don't turn it on too high or the tea bags may burst if the water boils. Let the water heat for a while, I just look at it and tell by the color, when it is dark it is done. I pour the tea into a large pitcher and add about 2 cups of sugar. YOu must add the sugar while the tea is hot. I then add water, tea is way too strong to drink like this. It really is a matter of taste as too how strong and sweet you like your tea.
My grandfather used to make sweet tea like this, too. I don't know where he learned it. His parents were Eastern European immigrants and he spent his whole life in NY and PA. But this is exactly how he did it.

Actually I think he stirred in sugar before he poured it in a pitcher.
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I'm from Alabama and we make a lot of sweet tea! For me it's easiest to use our Mr Coffee Tea Maker (Walmart $20). The amount of tea bags and sugar used all depends on taste preference.
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This is how I make mine too, except that I use 4 family size bags. Also, I add a little water from the tap to the sugar in the pitcher before I add my tea from the pan because if the tea is too hot, it can carmelize the sugar. I generally use Splenda instead of sugar now and it's pretty good too.

I never thought about the fact that people from other parts of the country outside of the South might not know how to make iced sweet tea. Wow - strange!
I have been reading this thread and told dh last night about it as he was making our weekly 10 gallons of sweet tea for our family of 5. He was in disbelief that folks don't know how to make sweet tea. He has his method down to a science! Lol
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