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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sweet Tea Anyone?

I may not be a cooking connoisseur, as a matter of fact, I know I'm not, but, I make a mean batch of sweet tea now and then and thought I would share.  Because you see, I'm a Southern girl at heart and my family loves sweet tea - the good stuff.  Lipton with Sugar.  Real Sugar.  Not the fake stuff.  So here goes...

The Players:

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Easy.  4 large Iced Tea type Lipton tea bags
3/4 of a cup of REAL sugar (more or less depending on your taste)
8 cups of good, tasty, clear (not from the septic) water
1 large pitcher, but not so large it won't fit in your fridge which will make you cuss

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Bring the 8 cups of water to a boil in a pan that has a handle so you don't burn your hands, and your arms, and your toesies later.  Then, remove it from the burner so it stops boiling.

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Add the 4 tea bags.  Don't do this while the water is boiling or you will get some weird tastin' tea.  Don't forget to take off the paper tabs at the top of the string either.  If you don't, they will stick to the bottom of the pan and make for a very dissatisfying batch of tea.  I know.  I've done it.

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Stir this difficult concoction for about a minute.  Maybe 45 seconds.  Weeeellll, maybe 30 seconds.  Then remove the tea bags and make a good aim for the trash can.  If you miss, then shuffle over to the floor and the wall and pick them up, feel silly about your bad aim and remember how lousy you were playing basketball in high school, and throw them neatly into the trash.

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Add that cup-a-sugar.  The cheering begins!  Hurray!  Hurrah!  Alleluia!  Angels Singing!  Swweeeeettt Tea for the masses.

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Now stir it until all that sweet stuff is dissolved.  Your pan had better not be on that hot burner or I'm going to have to make you start over and you don't want that now do you?

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Please ignore all the crap piled up on our stool and the dishtowels slung over the side of our sink - pay attention will ya!  This is important stuff I'm sharing here!  Now, sheesh, I'm filling the pitcher with ice - all the way to the tippee tippee top.

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Next you holler for your Big Bear and ask him to pour the hot tea into the pitcher of ice, because if anyone is going to burn themselves, it is going to be him.  Plus, he is big and strong and he likes to feel useful during this tutorial.  Oh, and please ignore the pink rag on the counter that I used to clean up my mess.  I'm good at making a mess.  Unfortunately.

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Now doesn't that look yummy for quenching your thirst on this hot summer day?  I thought so.  But boy is it sweet!  Of course, if you can't handle all that sweetness like us Southern folk, you can adjust it to your liking. 

Delicious Sweet Iced Tea

Now have some will ya!  It's enticing, delicious, thirst quenching goodness.  Then go make yourself a burger to go with it.

Susan

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