Place chicken with carrot, celery, sweet onion and Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon in medium sized pot and cover with cold water.
Bring to a simmer and cook till chicken is firm and 165 internal. Let cool in poaching liquid.
Remove chicken form cool liquid and shred by hand into bowl.
Add diced celery, diced red onion, grapes, mayonnaise, sour cream, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill.
Serve as part of a salad or in a sandwich.
Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post spoke about the power of sleep in one of her TEDWomen talks, and told her audience that “the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.” At Bigelow Tea, we agree, but unfortunately 45 percent of Americans suffer from poor or inadequate sleep which is “linked to poor health, mood disorders and low productivity” according to National Sleep Foundation data.
We have our own recommendations for getting a good night’s sleep, but check out these great bedtime routine tips from Lifehack (we are especially fond of #3), and let’s see if we can all sleep easier tonight:
Prepare for bed and go to sleep at the same time daily.
Nothing compares to fresh, sun-ripened blueberries—in your baked goods, beverages, salads or simply popped into your mouth by the handful! That’s why Bigelow Tea is so eager to celebrate National Blueberry Month this July. To help you enjoy the month, too, we have a few recipes and teas that are bursting with the flavor of these delicious berries.
Get excited about blueberries with two different Bigelow Tea flavors: Green Tea with Blueberry and Wild Blueberry & Acai Herbal Tea. We took a walk on the wild side when we blended the popular combination of blueberry and acai with our gentle green tea. Or, try a cup (hot or iced, of course!) of Bigelow Tea Blueberry & Acai Herbal Tea. These sweet and tart flavors are sure to please tea drinkers—and blueberry lovers—everywhere.
Whether you’re brewing or cooking, sipping or savoring, Bigelow Tea wants you to make the most of National Blueberry Month. Share your top blueberry moments with us in the comments section below and take a moment to enjoy the sweet, plump fruit. It’s never been so fun to be blue!
Bigelow Tea has the perfect ingredients to make your gatherings with friends and family more festive. We’ve been blending fine quality teas for over 70 years and have created exciting cocktail recipes, which we like to call “Naught-TEAS”, using our teas to add a twist to classic drinks. These recipes are simple, as demonstrated in a short video featuring third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow as she shows us how to mix a delicious “Constant Comment®” Cosmo.
Whether you follow this recipe or try one of our other creative cocktails, such as our Blueberry and Pomegranate Sparkler, our I Love Lemon Gimlet, our Mellow Limoncello Sparkler or another variation on the Cosmo, our Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, serving cocktails made with our teas will add pizzazz to your next party or get-together. These recipes may even turn you into a cocktail connoisseur and inspire you to create your own exciting naught-TEA cocktails which we hope you will share with us! In the meantime, take our “Naught-TEA” cocktail survey and let us know which your favorite is (and if you haven’t tried any, let us know which recipe sounds the most delicious to you).
What’s the buzz at Bigelow Tea? Helping bees! It’s no secret that bee populations all over the country are being affected by everything from pesticides to a decline in natural habitat.
Last year, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So Bigelow decided to take action on the bees’ behalf. Bigelow’s Green Team recently planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat. We are happy to report that the new plantings have bloomed and are brightening up the campus. This is just one of Bigelow Tea’s efforts to better our environment. Over the years, some of Bigelow Tea’s sustainability projects have included installing 880 solar panels at our Connecticut headquarters, diverting 94 percent of the company’s solid waste through recycling, reusing, and composting, and taking measures to preserve land.
As Cindi Bigelow says, “Being responsible is not something my family does because we can do good things, but because we strongly believe that we should and need to do good things, whether it’s for the community, for our employees, or for the environment.”
We hope you’ve been inspired to add more bee-friendly plantings to your garden. Let us know: what will you plant?
Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s as American as apple pie and with July being National Ice Cream Month, what better way to celebrate than to make your own ice cream at home or add a special sauce to jazz it up. Bigelow Tea, a third generation family owned American business, has created several recipes to add delightfully unexpected flavor to one of this country’s favorite desserts.
1 cup (250mL) diced fresh or canned peaches, drained
Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring evaporated milk to a simmer. Add 10 tea bags; steep 5 minutes. Remove bags from evaporated milk and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add remaining sauce ingredients to tea milk mixture. Stir until chocolate chips melt (2 to 3 minutes). If necessary, heat over low heat to help melt chocolate chips. To serve: place a scoop of ice cream in bowl. Top with Sweetheart Cinnamon chocolate sauce. Refrigerate remaining chocolate sauce. Re-heat refrigerated Sweetheart Cinnamon sauce over low heat until softened to desired consistency.
At Bigelow Tea we love discussing and sharing interesting facts and history about our favorite beverage- tea! The folks over at Mental Floss put together this quick video of thirty-six of the most interesting facts about tea. Here’s a few to sip on:
Tea is the world’s 2ndmost popular drink. Water comes in at number one which coincidentally, is a crucial ingredient in making any cup of tea!
85% of the tea sold in the US is iced tea per Mental Floss. At Bigelow, we sell a variety of special iced tea blends but we always encourage our fans to be creative and experiment with brewing their own iced tea at home with any Bigelow tea flavor!
Contrary to popular opinion, iced tea did not originate at the 1904 World’s Fair. A recipe can be found from an 1877 cookbook.
“Chai Tea” is redundant and actually means “tea tea”. We’ve put a modern twist on this ancient classic with Bigelow Caramel Chai.
When the weather heats up, pour yourself a tall glass of Bigelow iced tea and get outside to grill! July is National Grilling Month and we’ve got a few great recipes and tips to take your summer cookout to the next level.
Grilled chicken may be your go-to barbeque protein, but at Bigelow Tea we’ve refreshed this dish with a fruity Green Tea with Peach marinade! Quick tip: before cooking a lean protein like chicken, use tongs to rub a vegetable oil soaked paper towel to prevent sticking.
Instructions for Marinade: In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to the boil and add teabags, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes reducing liquid by ¼. Stir in honey and black pepper. Instructions for Grilling Chicken: Preheat grill. Rub chicken with the olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place chicken on grill, turn to medium low heat (or use “Indirect” cooking according to grill instructions) and brush with Green Tea with Peach marinade. Cover grill and cook chicken for 15 minutes, brush again with marinade, and cook for another 15 minutes, turn over and brush with marinade and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Check chicken with a meat thermometer which should read 140-150*F. Remove from heat. Brush peaches with marinade and place cut side down on grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes. Turn, brush with marinade and grill for another 3-4 minutes.
Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes. First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes. Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes. In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt. Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust. Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate. Remove from grill and serve hot.
Bigelow Tea knows that some fans prefer their hot cup of tea to be minty fresh. For these crisp, pure-mint lovers we suggest our Peppermint Herbal Tea. Few people realize that peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, but everyone recognizes its iconic mint scent! And at Bigelow we use only the smoothest, most refreshing peppermint from the Western US to create this simple single-ingredient tea.
Peppermint, experts claim, is known to help aid digestion and calm the stomach. Its calming effect is also said to help treat headaches, skin irritations, and symptoms of the common cold! No wonder you’re almost instantly relaxed with one whiff of a mug of Peppermint Herbal Tea!
And like all herbal teas, Peppermint Tea is naturally caffeine free. Herbal teas are blends of the finest herbs and spices, but do not contain any of the camellia sinensis plant, better known as “tea.” So next time your stomach is rumbling, your head is pounding after a long day in the office, or you just need a peaceful zen moment, you can rest easy reaching for a warm mug of Peppermint Tea like Facebook fan Linda LaCoste Suraci. Enjoy!