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When Life Gives You Bigelow Tea I Love Lemon, Smile!

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Pucker up! Lemons are tart, tangy, citrusy and sour, and they add an abundance of flavor to life. It’s no wonder that Bigelow Tea has real lemon peel in a number of flavors. One in particular is even named for how much people enjoy the fruit—I Love Lemon (because who doesn’t?).

Throughout history, lemons have been used for many purposes—as a remedy for epilepsy, a toothpaste, invisible ink and even a bleaching agent. Though the lemon’s origins are said to have come from the base of the Himalayan Mountains, the fruit is now cultivated in tropical and temperate climates around the world, with California leading production in the United States.

It’s probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but they are also a good source of iron, fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, and copper, as well as bigelow tea lemon rindfolate and potassium. Research has suggested that lemons may help with DNA cell protection, immune system regulation and inflammation relief.

bigelow tea I love LemonAs a third generation family-owned company, Bigelow Tea is proud to have partnered with a family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years. As an essential ingredient in 23 of Bigelow Tea’s blends, lemon peel requires the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California, the lemons used are 100% USA-grown and meet strict USDA, FDA, and California standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

And those lemons make the perfect ingredient for the delicious I Love Lemon herbal tea. Made with lemongrass, lemon peel and lemon verbena, this flavor is the go-to for lemon lovers. Kimberly from Walden loves drinking it hot with honey, and enjoys it as part of her morning ritual. It’s one more way the sour lemon can make your day a little sweeter!

Practice Mindfulness When You Brew A Cup of Tea

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How many of you made the 2017 resolution to slow down and enjoy the little things in life? Or perhaps you have promised to practice meditation or mindfulness, but struggle to keep your brain quiet in the first few minutes. We get it. Really. That’s why we love the idea of bringing mindfulness to simple activities we already know and love—like brewing and enjoying a cup of tea.

When was the last time you paid attention to each step in making your tea? It’s easy for our days to be driven by habit, and even easier to go through the motions of something as easy as boiling water or opening a pouch of Bigelow Tea. However, by consciously directing our attention to the ritual of making tea, we can slow things down and let ourselves become aware of each step. And it is in those mindful moments where we are paying attention to all of our senses—the sound of the water being poured, the wafting scent of the tea as it steeps, the touch of the warm mug as you bring it to your lips, the delicious taste of your favorite flavor as you sip. Pretty cool, huh? It sounds relaxing just thinking about it!

Here are a few suggested tips from mindful.org to help you practice mindfulness during your next teatime:

  1. Pay attention to the sound of the water heating and boiling in the kettle. Hear its bubbling and gurgling. Can you see wisps of steam coming from the spout? Does the kettle subtly shake from the movement of the water inside?
  2. Pouring the tea, watch the color of the water change as it meets the teabag. Be interested in the transformation from clear water to tea, and the sound of the liquid as it fills the cup.
  3. As you remove the teabag, let yourself hear any related sounds. Do you throw it away in the trash can or the compost pile? Does the lid open and close? Do you add a splash of milk or a sweetener? Does the spoon make noise as your stir the tea?
  4. Notice the warming of the cup that contains the hot liquid. How do your hands feel as you hold it?
  5. Now, bring the cup to your lips. Be aware of how your arm and hand move. Are you sitting? Standing? Notice how your body feels.
  6. Take a sip of tea. Rather than gulping it down, see if you can let the taste tickle your tongue. Perhaps gently move the liquid around your mouth. Savor the taste. Feel the heat of the tea as you swallow.
  7. Continue drinking the tea until the cup is empty or you decide to stop drinking. Has the tea gone cold, has the taste changed, is there an impulse to get on with your next activity?

Of course these aren’t strict steps to follow. The key is to open yourself up to the ritual of making tea, and appreciate each moment, sense by sense. It’s also a great opportunity to pause. Breathe. Connect. And recognize how tea can truly sooth the soul.

Let us know if you try practicing mindful tea drinking and tag your special moment of bliss with #TeaProudly.

Yup, It’s National Pie Day, Happy (Bigelow) Tea Drinking!

Happy National Pie Day! Pair it with our #FrenchVanilla black tea for the most appePIEzing treat! #TeaProudly

Forever And Always, “Constant Comment” Bigelow Tea

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Tea is second only to water as the most consumed beverage in the world which doesn’t surprise any avid tea drinker given the importance the beverage holds in many cultures, whether it’s a hearty daily tradition, a treat for a special ceremony, or a therapeutic blend to soothe and comfort. On any given day, over 158 million Americans alone are drinking tea and we are proud to be a part of this thriving community and honored that as a third generation family businessBigelow Tea continues to be part of the tea lovers’ community decades after the creation of the one and only “Constant Comment”®. Today, we offer over 130 flavors that will please any palate, but for National Hot Tea Month, what better time to get back to our roots by honoring this remarkable and historic tea that’s still a source of “Constant Comments” among all tea fans!

In case you aren’t familiar, here is the story of how Bigleow Tea got started: it all began in 1945 when Ruth Campbell Bigelow started on her mission to create a better cup of tea than what was commonly offered at the time. She was inspired by an early Colonial recipe that used orange rind and sweet spices. After tireless hours spent creating her own special blend, she shared it with friends who couldn’t stop commenting, and hence the name “Constant Comment” tea. Ruth knew she was on to something with her blend and took “Constant Comment”®   to every store she could. One shopkeeper told Ruth that he had been opening the container for customers to take a whiff of the incredible aroma, and it was flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment”® in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew.  Jump ahead to today, over 70 years later, and here we are, a tea company beyond Ruth’s wildest dreams!

To this day, “Constant Comment”® is the same wonderful recipe that third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s grandmother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, first created. It has stood the test of time and we know it will continue to fill cups and hearts for many more decades to come. Amazing when you think how this special product started on the shelves of local shops, and today it’s still a source of constant comments all over the Web… and the world! If you’re a fan of “Constant Comment” tea, Bigelow Tea or tea overall, you’ll love hearing Cindi Bigelow herself tell this story of this original creation while sharing more about her personal (and professional) love of tea!

Tell us, what was the first “comment” you had when you tried “Constant Comment” for the very first time?  Tag anywhere online with #TeaProudly so we can share in the fun.

Bigelow Tea Helps To Soothe Those Sniffles!

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Ahhh-chooo! Yep, that is the sound of a darn cold (or worse) that always seems to happen right about now! Shout out to Bigelow for providing some tea relief! When feeling crappy, there seems to be nothing that can help as much as sipping (or chugging if things are really bad) a steaming mug of some of the best flavors of tea on the face of the earth. Hot tea just has a way of helping you out when you are down, right? We’re tea fans 100%, but we especially love how a hot mug rocks during cold and flu season…here are a few more tea tips to think about before, during and after this nasty cold season:

  • A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away? Maybe just maybe! Black tea might help your body defend bacteria and viruses, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University. Drink up and drink often for the most benefits (you didn’t have to tell us that advice twice!)

So what’s your go-to tea when a cold or the flu has got you down for the count? Tag with #TeaProudly so we can all try your best tips!

Bigelow Tea Remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today we are remembering the great words of #MLK: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” #MLKDay

 

Oat-M-G! It’s Oatmeal Month and Bigelow Tea Has Awesome Recipes For You

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Oat-M-G, did someone say oatmeal?! January is actually Oatmeal Month, and  Bigelow Tea has some new ways to jazz up this breakfast fave! Here’s an awesome idea from @fightforlifelauren (pictured above): Instead of using hot water, make your oatmeal with Bigelow Tea Apple Cider Herbal Tea. Then, add some toppings. Lauren went with cinnamon, apple slices (she microwaved hers with cinnamon), nut butter, pomegranate seeds, a drizzle of honey. Sounds delicious, right?

Another super yummy option is to prepare your oatmeal with Lemon Lift like @healthyliving.lc did. Then, add it to a bowl of Greek yogurt and top with fresh bananas, raspberries, flaxseed, granola, pumpkin butter, and any other toppings you might enjoy. Gosh, talk about reinventing a bowl of oatmeal—it’s obviously all in the toppings these days, friends.

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Don’t have a lot of time to prep a bowl of oatmeal? Spend a weekend afternoon making a batch of muffins to grab and go on your busiest mornings. Here are two recipes to try. Mmmm…. You won’t regret them!

Cranberry Oatmeal Orange and Spice Tea Muffins

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Ingredients

For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brewed Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea (two bags)
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • zest from one orange
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, sliced
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • 3 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons brewed Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea (1 tea bag)

Instructions

For the Muffins:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners OR 11 2 3/4-inch x 2-inch cupcake molds
In a medium bowl add the oats, brewed tea, milk and orange zest.
Stir to combine and set aside for 20 minutes.
Place sliced cranberries in a small bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over cranberries and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the eggs and oil to the oatmeal mixture; stir to combine.
Add the oatmeal mixture to the flour mixture; stir until combined.
Fold in cranberries.
Scoop into prepared muffin pans.

TIP: For regular size muffins use an ice cream scoop. For the larger size cupcake molds use 2 ice cream scoops.
Bake regular size 20 to 25 minutes AND large 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool on rack.

For the Glaze:
Cream together the cream cheese and butter.
Mix in vanilla.
Blend in the sugar.
Add the tea 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches a drizzle consistency.
Use a large spoon and drizzle over muffins.

Gluten-free* Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

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Ingredients

Tea Concentrate:

Muffins:

  • ⅔ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon Xanthan Gum**
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

*Use Gluten Free certified Oats to be totally Gluten Free when making this recipe

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 1-cup glass measure. Add water to equal 1 cup. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 12-cup muffin tins with baking spray; set aside. In large mixing bowl add brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add tea concentrate and ginger. Continue mixing at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together gluten-free flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, Xanthan Gum, and salt. Add to tea mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in currants. Fill muffin tins about ⅔ full. Sprinkle top of each muffin with about ½ teaspoon sugar. Bake until very light brown (14 to 18 minutes) or until wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool.

If you have your own amazing recipes or just want to share your love of a hot mug of tea, don’t forget to tag either with #TeaProudly so we can all get in on the fun!!

“I Spy” A #TeaProudly Moment, Actually Many… Do You?!

There’s no question how much we love tea at Bigelow. As a proud third generation family run business, founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945 and from that moment on, we have reinvented tea in America, one tea bag at a time. How, you may ask? Simple. We’ve been providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag. We’re still American-made, we’re still the same family, and we’re always dedicated to giving you the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea. That’s our promise. And that’s what makes us #TeaProudly! 

#TeaProudly is a celebration for tea drinkers who take pride in even the littlest of tea drinking moments. Because at Bigelow, we take pride in everything we do — like this super cool new video which explains it all. 

Just as we love tea, we also love a good game of “I Spy.” Wanna play? Check out the video and see if you can answer all five questions! Find our answers (if you can’t guess them yourself) on our Instagram profile.  

  1. Which tea flavor pouch is opened at the beginning of the video? 
  2. Under our logo on the side of our building, is a defining phrase….what is it? 
  3. What’s at least one thing that we are dedicated to giving you more of? 
  4. What do we use to protect our tea bags? 
  5. Which fruit is featured? 

Join in on the tea conversation at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly

Bigelow Tea is on January’s Hot List!

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If January has gotten the best of you (freezing weather, fevers and colds, oh my!) don’t cry the blues cause Bigelow Tea is all set to make the month a whole heck of a lot better. Check out all of the excitement….some serious #TeaProudly good news:

  • It’s National Hot Tea Month!! Yeah, we agree, who needs an excuse to drink more tea…but we will take it anyway! NHTM is the perfect excuse to indulge in your fav beverage even more than usual!
  • And hey, we know you know this but just a reminder that tea is totally awesome on a cold, gloomy day, plus it helps soothe those scratchy throats and icky aches and pains that drive us all into hiding after the holidays!
  • Speaking of feeling sniffle-y and craving some comfort and warmth, those crazy calendars out there also say it’s National Soup Month woohoo!!  If you’re looking to really heat things up this month, we have the ultimate soup recipes made with, guess what?, Bigelow Tea! Help get over winter boredom with these fabulous (and easy! Because let’s face it- you’re feeling too “yuck” to spend too much time in the kitchen!) soup recipes that will become your go-to staples every winter season!

Green Tea Ramen Soup

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Ingredients

4 cups water
4 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
1 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 shredded carrots
7 ounces Soba Stir Fry noodles*
¼ cup chopped green onions (white and green parts)
⅛ cup fresh minced cilantro
Optional: dash of hot sauce or Sriracha

Instructions

Bring water, tea bags, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add in carrots (I like them with crunch, if you prefer softer, throw them in at the beginning of cooking process) and soba noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until noodles have warmed through. Serve with green onions, cilantro and a dash of hot sauce if desired.

Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger

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Ingredients

2 cups hot water
3*Bigelow® Ginger Snappish Tea Bags
1 cooked, skinless, boneless chicken breast (approx. ½ pound)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (½ cup)
½ cup dried fine egg noodles
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

Combine 2 cups of hot water and 3 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish Tea Bags and allow to steep for approximately 5 minutes. Meanwhile, using 2 forks, shred the cooked chicken breast. Use one fork to anchor the chicken breast to the cutting board, while using the other fork to ‘scrape’ the chicken into shreds. This is easily achieved if you shred along the grain of the chicken breast. Alternately, you may simply cut the breast into bite-sized pieces. In a medium saucepan or soup pot, combine the chicken broth and the tea over high heat. Add the garlic, carrots, shredded chicken and noodles. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 7 to 10 minutes, or until carrots are tender and noodles are cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped parsley and adjust seasonings as necessary. Ladle into bowls and serve hot. Note: To make this soup ahead of time, proceed as directed but omit the noodles and the fresh parsley. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, pour into a medium saucepan, add noodles, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until noodles are cooked and soup is heated through. Adjust seasonings, add fresh parsley and serve.

Bigelow Tea Celebrates The History And Tradition Behind Three Kings Day

 

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December has come and gone, but the 12 days of Christmas are still being celebrated by lots of people and their families excitedly awaiting “Three Kings’ Day” on January 6Bigelow Tea loves any reason for a family gathering, so we’re proud to recognize this special day. For the Hispanic community and many others, Three Kings Day, or Los Reyes Magos, is one of the most important holidays of the Latin world, commemorating the “three wise men” that followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Celebrated twelve days after Christmas, Three Kings Day is also known as Epiphany. While children may still get gifts on December 25th, Three Kings Day also rewards them with presents and candy for being good. Festivities like community parades and a three-day celebration at Disneyland take place around the globe. In Mexico, thousands gather each year to taste a mile-long “Rosca de Reyes” (Kings’ Bread). Many families choose to make the holiday favorite at home honoring the tradition to hide a baby Jesus figurine within the bread — the person who finds it must make tamales on February 2, the Day of the Candles. How neat is that?!

bigelow-tea-chamomile-mintThree Kings Day is such a special day for so many families, and we love that. Family is such an important part of our lives — and the fabric of our company. So, as you celebrate Three Kings Day this year, remember that our teas can be a yummy complement to a slice of Kings’ Bread. Brew a pot of Te de Manzanilla Menta de Hierbas or Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea! You can also enjoy one of these recipes that embrace the Hispanic influences of Three Kings Day: Roasted Pork Chops Pomegranate Pizzazz® over Mashed Plantains, and Chamomile-Mango Tres Leches.

Will you be celebrating Three Kings Day this year? Did your family recognize the holiday when you were growing up? Tell us all about it! What was your favorite memory? Don’t forget to tag your story with #TeaProudly so that we can learn about your special moments celebrating this special day.

Top image by by Nate Bolt via Flickr.