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Bigelow Tea is Naturally Gluten-Free!

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November was Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month and the gluten-free (GF) movement shows no signs of abating. In fact, GF foods are selling like proverbial hotcakes (minus the gluten of course)—with 11 percent of households purchasing GF products in 2013. The GREAT news for tea drinkers and gluten-free folks alike is that tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage and all current Bigelow Teas do not use any grains or gluten containing ingredients. Sansgluten Beyrouth noted on Twitter that Bigelow Teas are clearly labeled gluten free. Let’s sip to that!

So what’s the story with gluten?

For starters, Celiac Disease affects an estimated 1 in 133 people—about 1.8 million—or approximately one percent of the population. An autoimmune digestive disorder, Celiac Disease is triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Over time, this reaction produces inflammation, insufficient nutrient absorption and intestinal disturbances that can cause myriad health problems, affecting the brain and vital organs.  An additional 18 million people are believed to be gluten intolerant or possess Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, implicated in a range of health issues including chronic fatigue, neurological disorders, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, nausea, skin rashes, depression, and more.

The bottom line? Drink Bigelow Tea! And while you’re at it, check out some gluten-free recipes like the Spicy Apple Chai pictured at top! And most importantly, drink and eat healthfully and responsibly.

 

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Bigelow Tea Is Ready to Play During National Game and Puzzle Week

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As Thanksgiving week rolls in the start of holiday gatherings, Bigelow Tea wants to see families and friends enjoy some quality game time! National Game and Puzzle Week is held this week….the week of Thanksgiving, so after the dishes are cleared from the table, pull out a game and pick sides.

Consider classics such as cards, checkers, Monopoly or Instagrammer @kduckmanton’s choice SORRY! “It’s games night with the family!” she posted along with an image of the board game and a mug of tea! Or go with current faves like Cards Against Humanity. Or maybe get fully hands on with a 1,000-piece puzzle?

Even Bigelow Tea has a game. It’s more electronic. The Bigelow Matching Game goes like this. First, click on one square to reveal a flavorful Bigelow tea like Salted Caramel or “Constant Comment®” and then click on another square. If both squares have the same tea, you’ve got a match. If not, try again. Once all matches are made, there’s a chance to win the prize that’s revealed.

Now go play!

Photo by peddhapati via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea’s Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes Cause “Constant Comment®”

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#Foodies can rejoice this Thanksgiving because Bigelow Tea will make sure you have a tea-lightful holiday! Cooking a feast can take hours, so hopefully you have a little help in the kitchen. A sous chef (aka a friend or mother-in-law), along with a steaming mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor, like “Constant Comment®”, is all you really need. Instagrammer and #ConstantComment tea fan shellmorel loves “being able to have afternoons with Ma and Pa and have tea…” and Thanksgiving is the perfect day to bond with family.

You probably know by now that Bigelow Tea is not just for sipping, so use it to whip up a few of your Thanksgiving feast favorites. Try one of these recipes, below, and you will stir up #ConstantComment for years to come—they really are that delicious!

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment Glaze

Ingredients

Glaze:

Turkey and Gravy:

  • 1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350º. Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea. Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. To prepare turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake turkey in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard any unused glaze. To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with turkey. As a nice alternative, use a 9-11 pound oven stuffer roaster chicken in place of the turkey. For best results, tie the chicken with string at the legs and the wings. For the glaze reduce the number of tea bags from 12 to 8.

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If you’re feeling festive this year, switch out the usual pumpkin pie for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes made with Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice tea. This recipe is #delish.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • Tea Concentrate:
  • 13 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained, discard liquid
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly soft
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons tea concentrate
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add 1 ¼ cups water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray; alternatively use paper liners set aside. In large mixing bowl add sugar, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until thick and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add mandarin oranges, ½ cup tea concentrate, vanilla, and orange zest. Continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to tea mixture. Continue mixing, at low speed, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add carrots; mix well. Place batter in muffin cups filling about ½ to ¾ full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool. Meanwhile, in medium mixing bowl place cream cheese and butter. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until light and creamy (1 minute). Add 2 tablespoons tea extract. Mix well. Add confectioners’ sugar; continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until soft and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Frost top of each cupcake with frosting.

 

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Bring Bigelow Tea Personalized Tea Boxes To Your Next Party!

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Bigelow Tea is thrilled to introduce personalized tea boxes (and personalized tea tins and tea chests)! If you’ve ever wanted your photo on a box of “Constant Comment,”® Cozy ChamomileEarl GreyGreen Tea or Green Tea with Lemon, your dreams have come true. Available by the case (6 boxes), it’s a memorable way to commemorate occasions like the holidays, weddings, graduations, family reunions, retirement parties or to celebrate sporting events. It’s also a perfect gift to say thank you to a friend or hostess.

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Ordering these personalized tea boxes is easy. You simply choose the Bigelow Tea flavor from the selection on our website, personalize the item with a photo and a message, and check out. If you have your own pic, the website makes it easy to upload, otherwise, there are several beautiful images available to use. Don’t forget to unleash your creativity when you add your personalized message to the box. A few favorites include: “You’re my cup of tea” and “Steeped to perfection!”

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Give it a try … and let us know: which message would you send out to the world on a personalized Bigelow Tea box?

 

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Family Stories Month With Cindi and Eunice Bigelow

Sit back, relax, and brew your favorite Bigelow Tea because it’s Family Stories Month. With the weather growing colder and a mug of Salted Caramel Tea to keep you warm, this is the time to learn more about your family. Who knows, maybe Dad has a crazy story you haven’t heard yet!

Here’s a family story from Bigelow Tea employee J. David Silva, Sr., who has turned health and wellness into a family affair. Together, he and his family decided to kick-start their commitment to health. Each person kept track of their workouts in a journal to be discussed as a family on Saturdays, presumably with a cup of Bigelow Tea in hand!

And if you haven’t already heard the legendary “Because Mama Moved the Pony Stable” story about Bigelow family matriarch Ruth Bigelow and her mother’s determination, give it a read now. This is a family story worth sharing!

When celebrating Family Stories Month, doing something fun with a family member is key! In the video clip above, see two members of the Bigelow family having a ball. Third generation President and CEO of Bigelow Tea Cindi Bigelow has the recipe for this delicious Greenie Martini, but it’s her mother Eunice who really shakes it up!

It’s probably safe to assume that many tea fans out there enjoy sharing family stories over a nice mug of Bigelow Tea. Twitter fan @Hayley_Giles enjoys teatime and thinking about happy memories with her Grandma.

Which Bigelow Tea will you be sipping as you relive or create family stories this month?

 

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Bigelow Tea Fall Harvest Sweepstakes Winners Announced

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We are so excited to announce the Bigelow Fall Harvest Sweepstakes Winners.  Please allow up to 3 weeks to hear from Bigelow Tea to confirm you are a winner and to get your full mailing address. Thanks so much everyone for participating and please do have a wonderful Fall!   Congrats winners:

Eva from Florida

Adella from Louisiana

Tina from North Carolina

Michelle from Ohio

Kirsten from Washington

Connie from Ohio


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Bigelow Tea Embraces America Made Matters Day With A Mug Of Bigelow Tea!

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America Made Matters Day, celebrated on November 19th, is dedicated to highlighting the positive impact that buying American-made products has on local and US economies. Bigelow Tea sees American Made Matters Day as a chance to showcase the power of the American consumer and embrace the positive impact that manufacturing has on jobs, product safety and the environment. These issues are all dear to the hardworking home-team  and community of Bigelow Tea. It’s why Bigelow Tea keeps it real as a 3rd generation family-owned company, producing fantastic tea blends that are all blended and packaged right here in the USA. Or, according to Bigelow Tea fan @kailynnmariee who tweeted that Bigelow Tea is simply amazing, the best in “In tea heaven!”

Events for American Made Matters Day will be held throughout the United States. Supporting U.S.-made products just makes sense. According to ABC News, if each American family spent just an extra $49.95 on American-made goods, the spending would generate 150,000 American jobs.

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Being an American company is also why the Bigelow Tea family provides tea to American troops overseas with made in the U.S. American Classic Teas, grown at the Charleston Tea Plantation. Specially packaged boxes of American Classic Tea are distributed to those in the armed forces as a thank you to the brave troops who work hard for the USA.

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One of Bigelow Tea’s newest products is American Breakfast tea! This robust tea contains 50% more caffeine than the average cup of black tea and is available in three varieties. What’s more, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these teas also goes to the troops! Love green tea? Try Bigelow Tea’s delicious flavors, such as Green Tea with Mango. And herbal tea fans have lots of options, too, including Mint Medley — made with a refreshing blend of spearment and peppermint grown in Oregon!

Consider buying at least one U.S.-made product on November 19th, like any of the more than 120 made-in-America tea varieties from Bigelow Tea.

Enjoy!

Image via americanmadematters.com

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Holiday Giving With A Novus Tea Sweepstakes!

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Hey Bigelow Tea fans, ready for some holiday sweepstakes cheer? Twelve lucky winners will take home this Novus Gift Box featuring three popular Novus tea flavors.  Each lovely box with magnetic closure contains 36 pyramid-shaped sachets enveloping full-leaf teas from the finest tea estates. That’s right, enjoy the exquisite flavor of loose tea with the convenience of a tea bag! The uniquely designed tea sachet allows the delicate tea leaves to unfurl completely for full flavor extraction.

To give or keep this special tea gift for yourself? Ah, the choice is yours! Here’s the lowdown on the teas included:

Novus Dragon Well Green Tea – box of 12 sachets – The tender green tea leaves from the Dragon Well Province are renowned for their mellow flavor and fragrant aroma.

Novus Sapphire Earl Grey Tea  – box of 12 sachets – Natural bergamot and blue malva flowers add an innovative twist to traditional Earl Grey black tea.

Novus Wild Encounter Herbal Tea – box of 12 sachets – This caffeine-free herbal blend tantalizes your taste buds with the sweet-tart taste of fruit and berries.

To enter, simply “like” the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions. Be sure to share the sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter to get more entries. You can enter once per day until the sweeps ends on December 18th. If you’re using a mobile device, use this link to enter instead: http://woobox.com/joz695

Check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re a winner.  Good luck, and happy holidays!

 

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Bigelow Tea’s Thanksgiving Sweepstakes Is Almost Over!

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Thankfully, there’s still time to enter to win this Fall Harvest basket filled with 152 assorted Bigelow Tea flavors! Just head right to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, “like” the page and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions. Easy, right? Just be sure to enter by midnight EST on Nov. 17th, and you could be one of six lucky winners!

Your prize features a 21″x 11″ x 11″ wicker cornucopia brimming with a huge variety of black, green and herb tea flavors that are sure to please a lucky gift recipient or your holiday guests!

If you’re on a mobile device, use this link to enter instead: http://woobox.com/pbtwz2  … And be sure to check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re a winner!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Bigelow Tea Is Ready for America Recycles Day!

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On America Recycles Day, Bigelow Tea has some great news to share: For their 2014 fiscal year, 1,796,501 pounds of materials in all of their three facilities have been recycled, reused or composted. That’s quite a number!

Recycling is a top priority in Bigelow’s Sustainability program, which is all about the company’s commitment to social responsibility. This program has led to the creation of many innovative ways to encourage reducing or reusing excess materials at all three of Bigelow’s facilities: Louisville, Kentucky; Boise, Idaho, and Fairfield, Connecticut.

At all three manufacturing plants, items ranging from machine shop metal to packaging materials are given a second purpose. And in the Bigelow Tea offices, collection drives gather empty print cartridges, electronics and even videotapes for recycling.

While Bigelow Tea practices the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), they also want to know what their fellow tea drinkers are doing. Send a tweet to @BigelowTea and share your thoughts. @larellscardelli tweeted a suggestion to use ceramic not paper plates—great idea!

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