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A Bigelow Tea Classic Recipe: Tea Braised Leg of Lamb With Pear, Jalapeno and Tea Infused Chutney!

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Count on Bigelow Tea to show the way to all things tea! With its many bold flavors it can be enjoyed straight from a mug or in delicious recipes. For seventy years three generations of the Bigelow family have infused their love of tea into the homes and lifestyles of millions.  America’s Number one Specialty Tea Company welcomes spring and proudly presents Tea Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea Infused Chutney. Enjoy it for your next family gathering as Spring ushers in many opportunities to get together and celebrate together.

Tea Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea Infused Chutney

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds leg of lamb, boneless, ready to roast kosher salt and Black Pepper
  • clarified butter, or any high heat fat (enough to coate bottom of pan)
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 8  Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea bags
  • 8  Bigelow Plantation Mint Tea bags

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Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Lift                          Bigelow Tea’s Plantation Mint

Chutney:

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          Mint Medley Herbal Tea                        Organic Rooibos with Asian Pear

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

Heat braising pan and add enough fat to cover bottom.

Heat stock to a boil and add tea bags and let steep while lamb is browning.

Dry lamb with paper towels and season with salt and pepper and immediately sear on all sides in braising pan.

Remove from pan and sweet onion, garlic. Then add celery and carrot and sweat till they begin to become tender.

Return lamb back to pan and add stock. Stock should slightly cover or come up at least three quarters of the lamb leg.
Place in low 200 degree oven for approximately four hours or until fork tender,

Remove from braising liquid and place braiser on stove with liquid and reduce to about 1 cup and strain. Season to taste and serve with lamb.

While lamb is braising prepare chutney.

Heat vinegar to boil and add tea bags, let steep five minutes.

Combine all diced ingredients in a pot and cover with steeped vinegar and tea bags and agave nectar (or sugar).
Let cook till liquid has reduced and is syrupy and pears are tender.
Chill and serve with lamb.

May we suggest Darjeeling Tea to pair with this delicious recipe!

 

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Celebrate this Spring with Bigelow Tea’s Bee Well Gift Set

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Spring is near! After a long, snowy winter at the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut everyone is ready for the snow to thaw and the flowers to bloom. It’s also time to look forward to spring occasions like Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, and graduations! If you’re searching for the perfect gift, look no further than Bigelow Tea’s newest gift set: the adorable and bright Bee Well Gift Box.

Bigelow Tea’s Bee Well Gift Box includes a teabag teapot and matching 11 oz. mug, 16 honey spoons and 12 Novus Lemon Ginger tea sachets. Lemon Ginger is a zesty blend of herbs and spices—the perfect soothing drink! Unfamiliar with Bigelow Tea’s Novus Tea line?  Novus Tea represents a modern chapter in the Bigelow family’s 70 year history of creating the perfect teas to delight customers. Novus full leaf teas were created with today’s sophisticated drinker in mind.

This gift set is the perfect starter kit for a new tea lover or a cheerful new addition to any seasoned collection. Tea fan @PammPeterson posted that Bigelow Tea “Soothes you from the outside in,” and that’s for sure! So as you await spring, share your love of tea with the special people in your life … or grab a box for yourself!

 

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Bigelow Tea Greets Spring

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Happy first day of spring! Spring has sprung and Bigelow Tea has comfort in a cup just for you! This season, awaken your senses with the fragrant and colorful petals of chamomile, rose and hibiscus. No, we’re not referring to your blossoming garden outside — we’re talking about tea.

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Herbal teas are made from a variety of aromatic plants with flavors that blend beautifully with fruits or spices to produce a naturally caffeine-free brew. Enjoy a mug of Chamomile Vanilla Herbal Tea with Honey, and Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea (and many more options!). These uplifting herbal infusions are bursting with flavors and offer the perfect retreat after a long winter.

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Given the change in seasons, don’t forget to pair your tea of choice with a handful of fresh flowers like @annah_todd did, enjoying “flowers from the boyfriend [and] green tea from Bigelow”! May this time of year invigorate your senses, rejuvenate your life, and be filled with lots of warmth, joy and mugs of Bigelow Tea.

Image from Instagram via @anna_todd

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Go Green With Bigelow Tea!

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Spring is on its way! Bigelow Tea loves this time of year when the earth warms and there is a return to all things green. Now in its 70th year of business, America’s #1 Specialty Tea company is still your green headquarters – it doesn’t get better than the amazing line of Bigelow Tea’s Green Teas!

How do you go green? The Green Tea Classic? Green Tea with Peach? Or maybe the too-good-to-be-true Constant Comment Green Tea? Bigelow Tea fan @MadisonReidet tweeted that Bigelow tea’s green tea with pomegranate is her new favorite! So many options make for tough decisions.

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Along with amazing green teas this American made and family run company has a green thumb with fertile Community Gardens, a green conscience andcommitment to sustainability, and celebrated Green Teams that work diligently at eliminating waste! Bigelow Tea’s green energy conservation steps have won awards and helped make it a Zero Waste to Landfill Company.So as the flowers flourish and the green grass grows, Bigelow Tea is your “go green” headquarters!  

Image from Instagram via @hnchun1

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea

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Bigelow Tea loves a nice cup of Green Tea anytime of year. March, however, is the perfect time to break out this traditional tea. From St. Patrick’s Day to the first day of spring, there’s plenty of everything green to celebrate. For those looking to embrace this lucky color, Bigelow Tea suggests doubling your green luck with a cup of Green Tea with Mint. It’s refreshing and soothing from start to finish. Or, make your friends green with envy when you entertain with Bigelow Tea’s pack of Six Assorted Green Teas.

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St. Patrick’s Day began in Ireland for over a thousand years ago as a religious feast day for the patron Saint of Ireland. Today’s it’s celebrated around the world with special food, drinks, and the color green.  For those looking to celebrate with a kiss of sweetness this St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck. Bigelow Tea’s Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day toast.  Green Tea dessert fan @JonathanDmnd recently tweeted, “Green tea ice cream is the best,” so he’d definitely enjoy this recipe as well.

Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Bigelow Classic Green Tea
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 12 Ice Cubes
  • Whipped Topping
  • 5 drops Green Food Coloring (optional)
  • Optional rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

Take 1 cup cold water and boil.  Once at a rolling boil add 1 green tea bag.  Steep for 3 minutes off of heat.
Let tea cool – at least 5 minutes in a cup.
Add tea, milk, sugar, ice, and green food coloring to blender.  Blend well.
Add to a chilled glass and top with whipped topping and sprinkles.

 

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Boost Your Body With Herbal Bigelow Tea During National Nutrition Month

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Hydrate by drinking Bigelow Tea during National Nutrition Month. Of course, with so many flavors and varieties ranging from herbal to green to black, Bigelow Tea is the ideal beverage to add to your diet any time of year!

Did you know that Lemon Ginger Herbal tea  not only tastes delicious but it contains the probiotic GanedenBC 30 to help maintain a healthy balance in your digestive track?

bigelow tea lemon ginger

Hot or iced, this naturally caffeine free herbal blend is a great choice for every day. @beausci2010 knows “It’s good any time of day especially after meals.” So, during National Nutrition Month, give it a try … and feel good about yourself!

 

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Bigelow Tea Winks at Celebrating “Save Your Vision Month”

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This March, Bigelow Tea is reminding you to show a little love to your eyes during Save Your Vision Month.

Keep those twinkling stars hydrated (and healthy says a study from WebMD) by drinking a few cups of Bigelow Tea Green Tea every day (maybe it’ll be Green Tea with Pomegranate like @A_Heretic tweeted!). Since your eyes are more than just windows to your soul, it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape to ensure you’re seeing your best. Drink up!

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This month—and throughout the year—follow these tips for maintaining healthy eyes. For starters, it’s necessary to know your health history and vital to get regular eye exams. If you wear contacts, be sure to replace them on time and remember to buy a new lens case every three to four months. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses that offer UVA and UVB protection, and if you are in front of a computer screen frequently, use the 20-20-20 rule to let your eyes rest: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away or more for at least 20 seconds.

Now that’s some eye-opening information to absorb as you drink your daily cup!

Image from Flickr via @andrewczap

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Bigelow Tea Goes For Mellow During National Caffeine Awareness Month

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Bigelow Tea knows that tea drinkers sometimes need a little boost from their favorite beverage … but during March’s National Caffeine Awareness Month it might be time to try a few less-caffeinated options.

One great choice is Bigelow Herbal Tea. Herbal teas are actually not made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush, so they are completely caffeine free. Mellow herbs like mint and chamomile make these teas tasty and invigorating, without any caffeine. Try Chamomile Mango or the aptly-named Sweet Dreams this month before bedtime.

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Another great alternative is the full line of Bigelow Decaffeinated Teas. These teas have the same robust taste as many Bigelow black and green tea favorites, but they have only 1-8 mg of caffeine per serving. So, for example, if you want a little less “lift” in your Lemon Lift, try the Lemon Lift decaf!

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Whether caffeine is a vital part of your morning or something you prefer to forego, Bigelow Tea has an option for you this and every month.

Top image by @caymandesigns via Instagram

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Bigelow Tea Raises a Cup to Women Everywhere

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March is National Women’s History Month—a time when we recognize the contributions of women in history and contemporary society. The 2015 theme is titled, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” and presents an opportunity for Bigelow Tea to highlight the story of our tenacious founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, whose story weaves into the essential fabric of the company’s—and nation’s—history.

In 1945, inspired by an early Colonial recipe, Ruth created the first cup of “Constant Comment”® Tea in her New York City brownstone kitchen. Soon after, the Bigelow Tea Company was born. Because of the bold choices—and fine quality teas—that Ruth made, Bigelow Tea, as a third generation family run company, has become a household name and is happily celebrating a 70th Anniversary this year under president and CEO, Cindi Bigelow, Ruth’s granddaughter.

This month, raise a mug of tea to the influential women of the past and present and savor a cup of tea in honor of the wonderful women in your life—@gglugo has the perfect Wonder Woman mug for the occasion.

 

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Recognizing the People Who Make Bigelow Tea Great

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Reaching the milestone 70th anniversary at Bigelow Tea wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of the company’s employees. As a family-owned and operated business, Bigelow Tea considers employees to be part of the Bigelow Tea family and works hard to make it a great workplace. The company takes pride in dedicating time to community service, has a commitment to sustainability and also organizes fun employee events—@shearwatercr has enjoyed a Bigelow Tea employee farmers market!

For Employee Spirit Month, it seems fitting to talk about a few of Bigelow Tea’s spirited employees, like Dani Ortman, Chad Tennant and Janned Serrano. Dani works for Bigelow Tea in Boise, where she is involved with Make-A-Wish® Idaho. She volunteers with the organization and grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Chad, located in Louisville, KY, represents Bigelow Tea at different obstacle races each year. Recently, Chad participated in the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder to raise money for U.S. veterans through the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Then there’s Janned (Executive Assistant to third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow as well as Community Relations Manager pictured above), who works with in Fairfield, CT. She works with Caroline House, a local nonprofit, teaching English as a second language to immigrant women, where she was recently named a member of the organization’s Sources of Inspiration Board. Impressive, right?

Want to hear more? Visit the Bigelow Tea website for more stories about Bigelow Tea’s talented employees and their commitment to do good things, near and far.

 

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