Hey, guys and gals!
I hope this day is treating you well. I come to you today with tips on how to fashion your own teabag in a pinch. I know that we frequently send out loose leaf teas and, while these teas are hearty and delicious, we may not always have empty tea bags or a tea infuser at our disposal.
Speaking of tea infusers, if you're unfamiliar with what these are, do yourself a favor and go read up on them. The link is for a Wiki article that will give you the basics. These handy gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, and you can find them to fit any fandom or style you desire. If you are a regular tea drinker, I would recommend purchasing one of these to make life simpler and more enjoyable. *smile* You can find them on Etsy and many other places across the inter-webs. (I'm also happy to customize one for you. Check out our Instagram post to see what I mean.)
Now, if you can't wait until your tea infuser comes in the mail to try that deliciously smelling tea from a previous Attic Box or Basics package, then read on for a few simple remedies:
1. Use a coffee filter
This is probably the easiest DIY way to fashion a makeshift teabag. Simply lay the coffee filter flat (if using the standard round variety), place desired amount of tea in the center, draw up the sides to make a pouch, and tie with string (or use a bread tie). If using the cone variety, simply place the tea inside the cone and tie closed. Coffee filters are designed to get wet, so there's little danger of the pouch coming apart this way. Just like a regular tea bag, this bag will float until saturated enough to sink below the surface.
2. Use aluminum foil
I recently saw this as a suggested "in a pinch" method, and I guess it could work well enough. Making an aluminum foil ball follows the basic instructions as the coffee filter method. Place desired amount of tea in the center of a square of aluminum foil, carefully fold the sides up and crimp toward the top to keep the tea from spilling out. Here's where the instructions vary: CAREFULLY poke several holes in the rounded "ball" part of the foil infuser you've just made. Do not make the holes too big or you will defeat the purpose. Using a toothpick or something smaller is probably best for this. It may be a bit difficult to get this ball to stay submerged. You may have to hold it or dunk it until your tea has steeped to your desired flavor/strength. There is also a chance that any smaller bits in the tea blend will escape, needing to be fished from the cup when steeping has completed.
This next method isn't really a DIY so much as a saving grace...
3. Use a reusable K-cup
Many of us have a Keurig or other brand of single cup machine and many of us also have the reusable cups that can be filled with any preferred coffee and used over and over again. Why not also use it for your tea? Place your tea inside and float the cup in your tea cup until your tea is just right. You may have to fish the cup out with a spoon to keep your fingers from getting scorched, but it will work wonderfully to brew a cup of tea without the added stress of having to fabricate anything.
Okay, there you have it. Three different ideas (four, really) on what to do with that yummy loose leaf tea we've been sending to you. Do you have other methods of DIY-ing your tea? Please let us know in the comments below.
Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful day! Cheers!
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