I made Sweet tea today for my guys. We drink a LOT of tea. And I found a great way to have it made in canning jars ahead of time so it is quick and easy to get a pitcher ready when we are out.
Just boil water, add it to a quart size jar. Add the amount of sugar you would normally like in a gallon of tea. We use 2/3 cup… it is too sweet for my taste! But my husband and sons love it. If you don’t use sugar just use whatever sweetener you would normally like.
When the sugar dissolves add a tea bag. One family size tea bag per quart jar. Or if you don’t have the larger family size bags just use regular tea bags and add 2 or 3 depending on how strong you like your tea. You can use flavored teas as well.
Allow this to steep until the tea is nice and dark. I’ll often just leave it on the counter for an hour or more. Whenever I get back to it is fine. Remove your tea bag, cover the jar and store in the fridge. It must be stored in the fridge. This is not shelf stable.
We go through this tea very fast especially in the summer so I’ve never had any go bad in the refrigerator. I’d estimate the jars would last a week or so in there. But remember this is very sweet, don’t leave it out on the counter.
When you need a new pitcher of tea: Using a gallon size pitcher, dump in a jar of concentrated tea, add water to fill the pitcher, stir and you are set. No waiting for the water to boil and the tea to brew. And when you’ve got thirsty men… they are thirsty NOW.
Does anyone else do this too?