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Mason Jars: Easy Iced Tea

I used to buy a 2-liter of pop every week.  I decided to try and cut pop out at least when I am at home.  I still enjoy a coke occasionally, especially when we are out for pizza or at a movie with popcorn.
What helped me in this transition was making iced tea instead.  I found a super easy way to make it that does not include boiling water or sitting it in the sun all day, and uses a mason jar which we all know I love!

Basically, you take a jar, put in 4 tea bags, fill it to the top, screw on the lid and put it in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning, take the bags out and give them a little squeeze over the jar.  What this does is makes an iced tea concentrate!  Love it!  Now when I want a glass of tea, I pour about 1 part concentrate to 3 parts water into a glass of ice and stir. I adjust the amount of concentrate depending on how weak or strong that particular brand of tea is.  Here is the blog that I got the idea from, there are a bunch of comments regarding specific measurements if you are someone who likes more details.
*the picture above was taken before the jar sat overnight.  The concentrate gets much more, well, concentrated:)


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  • Amy Bowman
    May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Hi lej619..I think I have heard that too! I will need to do a google search but I think you are on to something..

  • lej619
    May 22, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Hi I was wondering if anyone else has heard that if you squeeze the tea bags that it will cause the tea to be a bit more bitter?? I was just wondering?? Thanks for the tip! Going to go put a couple of tea bags in a mason jar and hopefully I ‘ll have tea to drink in the morning!!!

  • lej619
    May 22, 2012 at 4:46 am

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  • Amy Bowman
    August 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    yes, a quart. Thanks for reading and your encouraging words!

  • Deanna
    August 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Amy!! Just found this post from another one of yours – I have so many posts checked to save! I have a quick question on this – is this just a quart size jar?

  • Amber
    July 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    What a great idea, I have some mason jars that I glass etched for Sun Tea this would be another great use for them. Thanks!

  • Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures
    July 12, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I am definitely trying this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amy
    September 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    some of you have been wondering what tea I use. I just used up my last few bags of Lipton Mixed Berry Green Tea and really liked it. The berry taste was fresh and light. I’m just entering into the world of teas, so I want to experiment with different types and brands. Let me know if you find a favorite!

  • Amy
    September 30, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    thanks Miriam! Yes, Angry Chicken blog is great..love the name!

  • Miriam
    September 30, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I LOVE the angry chicken blog. So many great and creative ideas! This blog of yours is also great Amy…looking forward to more posts.

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