In prior discussions, I’ve reiterated countless times my stance on loose leaf tea versus bagged, filtered teas; hands down, I always suggest going with the loose leaf tea. A better quality steep will result in using loose leaf teas versus filter- bagged tea.
However, many find the Heat- and- Seal DIY tea bags to be a lifesaver. Some could care less about the quality of their steep, and prefer the convenience and (of course), lack of debris-floating mess in their brew. They choose to use tea bag filters instead. Today’s Tea Time Tuesday post is dedicated to YOU.
For those who prefer to use tea bag filters over loose leaf teas, in order of recommendation, I present to you the following options:
- Reusable cloth tea bag
- DIY Heat- and- Seal tea bags
- Pre-bagged tea
Reusable cloth tea bags are an excellent addition to your tea utensil collection. Choose one that hasn’t been chlorine- treated, and still looks somewhat tan-brown. One wouldn’t want those factory chemicals dripping into your delicious cup of warm tea. Using reusable cloth tea bags allows you to still get the benefits of consuming loose leaf tea, without the messy aftercare cleanup.
DIY Heat- and- Seal tea bags can be purchased at most holistic and organic food marts, and allow you the freedom of storing bagged tea for days when taking the time to measure, steep, scrape out used tea from a cloth tea bag, rinse the tea bag, etc are just too much. This method is perfect for busy, on-the-go pre-planners who want their week mapped out and on the calendar before it even begins. It is still best to go with unbleached tea bags, if you choose this option. All that is necessary is a little heat…either an iron or a flat iron…and you’re set. Simply stuff as much tea as will fit into one of the bags, apply the heat, and seal. NOTE: If you use a hair flat iron, be sure to clean it VERY well; you would not want the chemicals from your hair products bleeding into your tea via your tea bags.
The prior two options are great, since they allow you to use your own loose leaf tea for steeping. For those individuals who don’t care about the quality of their steep and just want a quick cup of tea, there are always pre-bagged blends (primarily orange pekoe and pekoe- cut black tea varieties, with some green thrown in for good measure).