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A Spoonful of Bigelow Tea Is All Howlin’ Wolf Needed!

Bigelow Tea knows that many celebrities really enjoy their tea. Everyone from British teen idol Robert Pattinson, to pop singer Christina Aguilera like to unwind with their tea every now and then. So when Bigelow Tea Blog and Facebook fan Kelly enlightened us about another musical celebrity who enjoyed his tea, we weren’t surprised. Even 6’6” rough-edged Chicago blues singers appreciate some good old-fashioned tea once in a while!

The late classic blues vocalist Howlin’ Wolf sang about his love for tea in his famous melody, “Spoonful.” Also known as Chester Arthur Burnett, award-winning Howlin’ Wolf was one of the greatest blues singers to come out of Chicago. His burly fashion, along with his fearsome musical style, landed him a place in the Blues Hall of Fame.

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So just how did Howlin’ Wolf’s love for tea come to be? For one thing, he was born in Mississippi, a state that enjoys, along with many southern states, sweet tea as the drink of choice.  In fact, southerners have been drinking sweet tea by the gallon for years.  It’s no wonder a crooner like Howlin’ Wolf loved his tea!

So whether you hail from the celebrated jazzy and tea-drinking Chicago, or from the historic sweet-tea south, you know that a spoonful of tea always goes down smooth. The proof was in Howlin’ Wolf’s voice, captured for posterity in many historic recordings. Although, we do have to say that while a spoonful of tea is always tasty, we prefer the whole cup!

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Refreshing Ice Cream And Bigelow Tea Recipe – The Best Of Both Worlds!

Bigelow Tea Green Tea Lemon Ice Cream

What would a sweltering hot summer day be without a tall glass of refreshing Bigelow Tea iced tea, or maybe a delicious ice cream cone? July is National Ice Cream Month – and to celebrate, Bigelow Tea wants to you to make the most of the summer sun by enjoying Bigelow Tea and ice cream together in the same tasty snack!

This Green Tea Lemon Ice Cream Bigelow Tea recipe is sure to become a favorite as it melts in your mouth, and just in time for July 18th which is National Ice Cream Day:

Green Tea Lemon Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 eggs
2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
6 Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon Tea Bags
Ice Cream Maker

Yield: 1 1/2 quarts

Instructions:

In a small saucepan, combine the 6 tea bags and 1/2 cup of the milk until bubbles are visible; immediately take off heat and steep for 5 minutes. Strain tea bags, squeezing out all of the remaining liquid. Beat eggs in a medium size bowl. Temper the warm tea/milk mixture with the eggs (meaning add a quarter of the warm tea/milk to the beaten eggs and keep whisking until completely combined). Add sugar and heavy cream. Whisk vigorously, until well combined. Follow directions on a commercial ice cream maker. As the ice cream machine is going slowly add the mixture. Time for 30 minutes. After this time ice cream will be ready to consume or remove and place in an airtight plastic container and freeze.

Enjoy this and other recipes, like Bigelow’s Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream recipe, all summer long!

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George Steinbrenner

All of us as Bigelow were deeply saddened to learn the loss of George Steinbrenner.

I know I speak for my family and all the employees when I wish the Steinbrenner family our deepest sympathy, as well as the entire Yankees organization. Mr. Steinbrenner’s contributions to the Yankees Baseball Team and all of New York as well as his charitable work will live for decades to come.

George you will be missed!

Cindi Bigelow and the Bigelow Tea Family

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What’s Your Favorite Time Of Day For Bigelow Tea Time?

Morning, noon or night we always make time for Bigelow Tea!  Whether it’s starting our day out right with a robust English Breakfast or unwinding with a warm cup of Cozy Chamomile at night, there’s always time for tea.  With so many activities through the day, we’re hard pressed to find a time of day that isn’t the right time for Bigelow Tea…but we do want to know if there are special times for you that are just the best!

So give it to us straight, Bigelow Tea lovers: when is your favorite or most special tea time of the day?

What Time of Day is Tea Time for You?Market Research


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Bigelow Tea Says Fire Up That Grill for National Family Reunion Month!

Is it just a coincidence that July is both National Family Reunion Month and National Grilling Month? At Bigelow Tea we think not! What family reunion is complete without the sizzle of the grill…and even with little grill experience, you can soon have your family happily salivating with these Bigelow Tea recipes!

For the vegetarians in the family, we suggest our tea-marinated tofu and vegetables on a skewer, grilled to brown perfection. This will please even non-tofu fans! And for the committed carnivore, try our Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches for a sweet splash of summer.

Full tummies make for happy faces, and these Bigelow-Tea-enhanced grilled dishes will result in a lot of happy faces at your family reunion!

Tea-Marinated Grilled Tofu

Ingredients:

8 – 6 inch (15 cm) wooden skewers
1 – 14 oz (250 g) package extra firm tofu
3 Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate tea bags
3 Bigelow® Earl Grey tea bags
2 cups (500 mL) hot water
½ teaspoon (3 g) salt, plus additional for sprinkling
1 tablespoon (15 mL) honey
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch (2 cm) rounds
8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz/ 240 g)
2 tablespoons (30 mL) canola oil (for brushing)
Non-stick grill spray

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

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 soak for approximately 30 minutes.

Meantime, 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/ 2 cm 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.

Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken – cut up – about 4-5 pounds
¾ cup (180mL) water
6 Bigelow Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
1/3 cup (80mL) honey
1 teaspoon (5mL) freshly ground pepper
¼ cup (60mL) extra virgin olive oil
Freshly grounded pepper and salt to taste
4 fresh peaches, halved and pitted

Yield: Serves 4 – Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 55-65 minutes

Instructions:

In a small saucepan over medium high heat, make marinade by bringing water to a boil and adding teabags, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, reducing liquid by ¼. Stir in honey and ground pepper.

Preheat grill. Rub chicken with olive oil mixture and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place chicken on barbecue, bone side down. Turn to medium low heat (or use “Indirect” cooking according to grill instructions) and brush with Green Tea with Peach marinade.

Cover barbecue with lid and cook for 15 minutes, brush again with marinade, cook for another 15 minutes, turn over and brush with marinade and continue cooking and brushing for another 20 minutes. Check chicken with a meat thermometer which should read 140º-150ºF. 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.

Carve chicken and serve with peach halves.


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Bigelow Tea Gets A Beauty Nod From InStyle Magazine!

Any tea fan would agree that sipping a tall, refreshing iced tea is one sure way to stay cool when the temperature rises.  Because tea has been shown to replenish your body, both inside and out, it’s not too much of a surprise that in the July InStyle Magazine gave Bigelow Green Tea a beauty of a mention, in this summer’s first big issue!

Known for its healthful properties, it’s no wonder that green tea grabbed the spotlight for a DIY (Do It Yourself) Face Mist, a great way to stay cool and fresh on a hot day at the beach! And along with the refreshing misting action, what’s the beauty benefit?  InStyle says that the powerful antioxidants in the green tea brew that helps repair sun damage! So give it a try while the sun is high and at its strongest, and don’t forget your thermos of Bigelow Tea iced tea for a long day at the beach, too!

DIY Face Mist

Ingredients:

Bigelow Green Tea

Water

Ice

Instructions:

1.  Steep Bigelow Green Tea and cool

2.  Pour into a spray bottle filled with ice


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Bigelow Tea Takes a Look at Tea in Morocco!

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At Bigelow Tea, we’re proud of the way we produce our outstanding teas. Not only do we provide over one hundred flavors to choose from, we also know that our tea is healthy and delicious! We look at the Bigelow Tea experience as art…and we’re not the only ones who see tea this way. In the Northern African country of Morocco, tea also plays a very important role in the everyday culture and art of its people.

Morocco is one of the biggest tea importers in the world, its people have enjoyed tea as a vital part of daily life since the 1700s. Green tea in Morocco is also known as mint tea; the brew is prepared with mint leaves and served sweetened with sugar. Seen as a sign of generosity, it is served throughout the day to guests…and please don’t refuse a cup–that would be a sign of discourtesy!

Moroccan culture values its tea traditions, just as Bigelow Tea values and maintains high standards for our tea, our customers and our community. There are some interesting cultural differences as well; in Morocco, traditional tea is prepared in a samovar; once ready, the server holds the very elaborate teapot at least twelve inches above the small, delicate glass used to enjoy the tea. The resulting pour is a continuous stream of the hot tea liquid. Sounds like a pretty exciting cup of tea, if you ask us!

Not to worry; the Moroccan teapot has an elongated and slim curved spout to assist in that special pour method. Although this elegant ceremony is no longer the daily routine as it was years ago, it still takes place at more formal occasions. We raise our cup, and teapot, to fascinating tea traditions all over the world.

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Natural Elements In Tea May Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. And millions more are completely unaware that they, as a function of their lifestyle, ethnicity or advanced age, may be at high risk to develop this most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs either when the body is unable to produce enough insulin or when the cells ignore the insulin.  People afflicted with this illness need to monitor their blood glucose (sugar) level several times per day.

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Bigelow Tea has been looking at an encouraging clinical study which suggests that three to four cups of tea per day may be associated with reduced risk of diabetes. The protective effects of the properties in tea warrant further investigation, according to the findings. There are a variety of excellent treatment therapies available, all of which go hand-in hand with healthy lifestyle choices. This is where tea, glorious tea, comes in! The risk decreased further in those individuals drinking more than four cups a day and by as much as 40% for those consuming over six cups per day.

The research, conducted by scientists at The George Institute for International Health headquartered in Sydney, Australia, was – in essence – a meta-analysis of data compiled from 18 previously completed research studies. According to lead researcher and Associate Professor Rachel Huxley, “Although it is too early to advocate for increased consumption of these beverages, identifying the active components of these beverages would potentially open up new therapeutic pathways for the primary prevention of diabetes.”  This research, though certainly incomplete, encourage further validation through a series of randomized clinical trials.

In the meantime, drink some tea, relax and – above all – take good care of yourself!

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It’s National Blueberry Month And Bigelow Tea is Celebratin’ the Blues!

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SustainabiliTEA is in full swing this month at Bigelow Tea as we celebrate one of Mother Nature’s tastiest and healthiest fruit – blueberries!  Did you know that more than 90% of the world’s blueberries are produced right here in the United States?  Native to North America, blueberries are harvested from mid-April to October, peaking in July.  In recognition of this precious national harvest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaims July as National Blueberry Month.

Not only do these antioxidant-filled berries contain vitamins A, C, E and Beta Carotene, they are also mouthwatering and can be used in all sorts of recipesCelebrate the blues with Bigelow Tea and try these two delightful blueberry-inspired culinary concoctions!

Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad

Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad

Ingredients

6 Blueberry Acai Herb Plus tea bags
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons lime juice
3 teaspoons sugar

1 pint blueberries
1 cup honeydew melon balls
1 cup cantaloupe melon balls
1 cup watermelon balls
Mint leaves for garnish

Instructions:

Add lime juice, water, sugar and Blueberry Acai Herb Plus Tea Bags to a saucepan, simmer for 10 minutes to infuse flavor. Squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible, and then remove tea bags. Cool.

Add fruit to large attractive bowl, pour syrup over fruit and toss gently. Garnish with mint leaves.

YIELD: Serves 4

Blueberry and Pomegranate Sparkler

Blueberry and Pomegranate Sparkler

Ingredients

10 Bigelow Herb Plus Wild Blueberry Acai tea bags
10 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb tea bags
6 cups boiling water
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups mixed berries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and grapes
1 lemon cut into slices and then into four wedges
1 lime cut into slices and then into four wedges
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
2 cups ice cubes
2 cups champagne or
1 cup white rum
2 cups Perrier or San Pellegrino (sparkling water)

Instructions:

Place tea bags into a large jug. Pour boiling water over tea bags and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add sugar; stir to dissolve. Chill.

When ready to serve, place tea in an attractive glass pitcher, add fruit, mint, ice cubes, top up with champagne or add the white rum and Perrier. Stir well and serve in tall glasses.

Enjoy, and Happy Blueberry Month!

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Cindi Bigelow Interviewed on WCBS News Radio For The Women in Business Report

Cindi Bigelow and Portrait of Ruth Campbell Bigelow

On June 24th, Cindi Bigelow visited WCBS News Radio 880 for an interview on the “Women In Business Report.” Chatting with Anchorwoman Pat Carroll, Cindi shared some of the passion and fascinating history of Bigelow Tea and Constant Comment, as they celebrate their 65th anniversary. Cindi expressed the pride in her family’s outstanding innovations, and shared a few pieces of fascinating Bigelow Tea lore.

We know that Cindi’s grandmother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, created the unmatched Constant Comment tea blend, right in her kitchen, in 1945. But did you know that it was her son, David C. Bigelow who promoted the idea of then specializing in tea? Cindi related: “‘Mom’ he told his mother; ‘…tea could be our niche! There is no other product like Constant Comment in the marketplace.’”

Truer words were never spoken, and starting with the flagship brand Constant Comment, family-owned Bigelow Tea has gone on to become America’s leading specialty tea company.

Listen to a snippet of Cindi on her broadcast, and learn more about the inscrutable black tea recipe–flavored with orange rind and sweet spices–that is still a top secret. As Cindi shares, “[After 25 years]…I finally said to my parents, ‘don’t you think it’s about time I learn to make Constant Comment?’”

Cindi Bigelow Women in Business Interview

Here’s to the passion and the innovation that Bigelow Tea puts in to all of the delicious teas, which is the ultimate recipe for success. Happy Anniversary!

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