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Great great way to save energy, sun power
I’ve never made Sun brewed tea and chills today it’s my first time I just actually put it outside. So I actually have a question now it hasn’t happened but if it works how do you keep ants from crawling all over your tea jar while it is sitting out there cuz I did add sugar to mine that’s probably my mistakes to do it before I put it out there. So has anybody encounter this problem and if so how did stop it
Hi, Sonja! That’s likely your culprit! I’d wait until after the tea is finished steeping before I sweeten it with sugar, honey, agave, or add lemon or anything like that. Good luck. Ants are pesky!
Carrie is correct. It’s best to add that sugar, or what ever sweetener you prefer, after the tea is brought in from the sun. I add the sugar while the tea is warm, so it dissolves quickly with about 6-7 stirs. Then pour over ice. Enjoy!!!
Put jar in water around bottom, or chalk line around jar. Ants do not like either Z
Great ideas, thank you!
I use 8 bags per gallon and 1/4 cup of cane sugar. Perfect over ice on a hot day!
First– place water in the jar. –Then—add the tea bags. This way the rush of water poured into the jar will not cause tea leaves to break out of their bag.
Also it is not necessary to use cold water to start the brewing. This just takes more time to heat up the water from the sun. Begin by adding warm water to the jar first then add the tea bags.
I use 12 tea bags per gallon. I put it out when I leave for work and bring it in after. When I bring it in, I squeeze excess tea from bags as I remove them. I put 1.5 cups sugar in a 2 cup glass measuring cup and add enough boiling water to melt the sugar before adding it to the tea. I refrigerate it and serve well chilled with ice!
This is my first time, 12 tea bags in a gallon. It’s been in the hot sun for 5.5 hrs, time to bring it in. I’m going to add sugar and refrigerate. Trial and error. Thanks guys.
Does it need to be hot or cold water??
Warm water in the jar first. Then add the tea bags immediately. . Warm water starts the brewing and does not make any difference in the taste of the tea. It cuts down on the time it takes for the sun to warm up the cold water. Try it. It works.
Always use cold water
How long do you keep the tea in the fridge
Hi, Sandra! The recipe says that this tea keeps for about a day or two in the fridge–not as long as tea made from boiling water. Hope that helps you!
Four tea bags to a gallon? I boil about 20 ounces of water and then steep 10 tea bags for a few hours just to make two quarts of not-that-strong tea.
I agree. Four bags is not enough for good flavor unless you can find the big “Jumbo Bags” which are made for commercial purposes I would think. I did find them tho
I put twelve tea bags inside a Buddeez place outside on my outdoor table on my deck let stand for 3to 4 hour place a lemon cut up and serve
My goodness! I had been using four, but i just rolled back to three.
In a one gallon glass container I use (4) black tea bags (the brand you like) with (4) Lipton Purple Acai/Blueberry green tea bags, with NO sweetner. It tastes amazing & is good for the body! In the sweltering summer heat of the South it has kept me away from the cursed energy drinks!
When I was a Maryland teenager I made sun tea with wild sumac berries. A berry bunch in a big Glass jar of water out in the sun followed by some work with strainer made the tea; some added sugar resulted in a drink similar to lemonade (really!!!)
What a great idea Bob! Love the idea of using sumac berries.
Does it have to be a glass container? Can I use plastic?
Hi Dallas, I would use glass. It’s non-reactive and it won’t outgas into your tea.
Very Good. Very smooth. I love tea this way.
I make it in the refrigerator too. Just put it in there overnight and it’s done. Too give it a different taste I add a pack of KoolAid to it. I have tried several different flavors but I love the orange and the strawberry.
Does anyone add lemons and an orange to the tea. I heard of that a while ago but I’m not sure how it is done if at all. Thank you, Ed
if you want to put lemon in it cut them up like normal and just set them in real simple my guy
Thank you for posting this! My mom used to keep sun tea in the frig all summer. I’m going to put my tea out now! One note though, I think you meant to type “slow steeping” instead of “slow seeping.”
Thanks for pointing out the typo Hope, fixed it!
Fun fact, u don’t even need the sun to make tea. Just place the tea in the fridge and I guarantee you cant taste the difference.
Retired and going back to easy, economical and enjoyable food&bev basics. I used to always make sun tea for my kids. Now it’s time to make it for my husband and me. 1gal jar=16cups iced tea.
My Mom would make sun tea all the time during the summer my question is do you put the sugar in with the tea bags in the sun or when the sun tea is done outside?
I have a 2 gal container so if I use large tea bags do I need 8
Hi, Cathy! Emma here, managing editor. Take a look at the packaging on your large tea bags to see how many equivalent regular-sized tea bags they equal. You’ll need the equivalent of 16 regular-sized tea bags to make 2 gallons of sun tea. Enjoy!