There are many ways to steep tea; however, there is no perfect steeped tea. There are steeping techniques that can be used to make different steeped teas dependent upon your taste preferences. The method you choose will depend on what type of tea you are steeped and how strong of a steeped tea you would like to be produced. Follow the steps below for an easy mode of steep tea.
1) How much tea should I use?
The amount of tea that is used to steep depends on the strength of steeped tea desired or required by recipe or personal taste preference. The general rule is 1 tsp for every 8 oz cup, which will produce strong steeped tea if your goal is to make steeped iced tea. If you’re using large leaf teas (i.e., oolong teas), you’ll use about 2 tsp for every 8 oz cup since they tend to be more delicate than smaller leaf green teas. For example, larger leaf black teas can steep up to 4 tsp for an 8 oz cup.
2) How long should I steep my tea?
The steep time will depend on the steeped tea being made. Typically, lighter steeped teas such as green and white teas are steep for a shorter period of time since they have a lower tannin content compared to darker steeped teas such as Oolong and black teas. Green tea steeps quickly—typically for 1 minute or less while black tea typically steeps from 3–5 minutes depending on personal preference. With smaller leaf green teas, you may want to steep them for 30 seconds to 90 seconds since the low tannin content produces a very delicate steeped tea that can easily be over-steeped.
3) Do I need to use a tea filter?
Tea filters are typically not required for steeped teas; however, they can be used if desired for removing steeped tea leaves from steeped tea. This is typically done with steeped iced teas such as cold steeped green or white teas that require refrigeration after steeping and produce more delicate steeped teas. If you’re using large leaf black teas, it is recommended to remove the leaves either before or after steeping since they tend to be more delicate than smaller leaf green and white teas and these larger leaf black teas can affect the color of steeped tea due to their high tannin content.
4) How do I steep steeped tea?
There are several steeped tea steeping methods that can be used to steep steeped teas depending on your personal preference. There are steeped tea infusers, steeped tea kettles, and steeped tea ball sachets available for producing a cup of steeped iced or hot steeped tea. You may use any type of steep device you would like; however, the most common method used is using standard mugs with a mesh teapot infuser inserted inside the mug while filled with 8 oz of water heated to the desired temperature. For smaller leaf green or white teas, you’ll want to use less water (about 6-7 oz) since they steep quickly and you don’t want them steeped or over-steeped. For larger leaf black teas, use 8 oz of water heated to about 200° – 205° F – the lower temperature for lighter steeped teas and a higher temperature for darker steeped teas.
5) How do I steep steeped iced tea?
There are several steeped tea steeping methods that can be used to steep steeped iced teas depending on your personal preference. You may use any type of steep device you would like; however, the most common method is using large mason jars filled with ice cubes and 8 oz of cold filtered tap water. Steep 1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea in the mason jar filled with ice and 8 oz of cold water for 1 hour. Remove steeped tea leaves; add steeped tea to a glass filled with additional ice cubes and steeped tea; and enjoy!