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How to Make Ice Tea at Home

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

If you want to save hundreds of dollars a year, then you are going to want to look into making ice tea at home. The beverage industry is a multi million dollar business. It is no wonder why this is. The cost of one small bottle of a drink bought in the store can be a few dollars. Being able to make ice tea at home can help you to avoid buying these costly pre-made drinks. It is easy to do and you will find that it tastes better then anything that you can buy in a store.
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Step One
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Get yourself a ice tea maker for your home. You can make ice tea at home without this small appliance. It is just a cost and time saving piece that will make the process a lot easier. For a few bucks invested in your beverage enjoyment, you can brew a pitcher of ice tea in a matter of minutes. This is a great thing so that you will always be able to make ice tea whenever friends and family come over to visit.
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Step Two
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Fill your ice tea maker with cold water. You want to start with cold water when you decide to make ice tea at home. This steeps the your drink and gives you the best taste. Many machines will have easy fill lines to follow when you are doing this step. The most common size for these pitchers is 3 quarts. You can use filtered water to give your drink a pure taste and to make sure that it is free of any contaminants that may come out of the water of your tap.
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Step Three
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Place a coffee filter into the area where the tea bags will go. Tea bags can often not be sealed correctly or they can rip during shipment. If you do not want leaves floating through your ice tea, then a coffee filter is a must. This will hold anything that may come out of the bags and keep it out of your pitcher. You can also use the coffee filter as a way to keep other items that you might add like orange peels to your ice tea maker.
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Step Four
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Choose the amount of tea bags that you want to use. This will depend on how strong that you want your drink. You may have to experiment with the exact amount of the course of a few pitchers of ice tea. A great place to start would be about 10 bags for a 3 quart pitcher. There will also be a dial on your ice tea maker that will allow you to choose how strong that you want your brew to be. You will want to test different levels of this switch as well to see what tastes good to you.
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Step Five
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Fill the pitcher with ice cubes before you start your machine. The ice tea that your machine makes will be hot. There are a couple of reasons that you need ice cubes. The first is to protect your pitcher from cracking when the hot liquid hits it. By filling your machine with ice, you are also making it possible to have a cool glass of ice tea as soon as you are done brewing a pitcher.


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