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Bigelow Tea Offers Gluten-Free Delights

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To mark Celiac Awareness MonthBigelow Tea is sharing two scrumptious recipes for you to make and savor! Either will pair perfectly with your favorite mug of Bigelow Tea, most of which are naturally gluten free! And if you love vanilla like @SoniaMarieXoXo, who tweeted about vanilla chai, you’re going to love, LOVE the Spice-y Chai Apples with Crispy Oats! Want more? Bigelow Tea’s got a whole list of Gluten Free Recipes—made with Bigelow Tea of course! Here’s to your continued gluten-free good health … enjoy!

Gluten-free Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

10 bags Bigelow Ginger Snappish  Herb Tea with Lemon
1 cup boiling water

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

Yield:

Makes 12 muffins

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Baking Time:

14-18 minutes

Variations:

Try using  Bigelow Cinnamon Stick TeaSweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea or Bigelow Constant Comment Tea

**Definition of Xanthan Gum – Produced from the fermentation of corn sugar, xanthan gum is used as a thickener, EMULSIFIER and STABILIZER in foods such as dairy products and salad dressings.

Instructions:

  1. 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.

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.  Spray 12-cup muffin tins with baking spray; set aside.
  2. 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).
  3. Add tea concentrate and ginger.  Continue mixing at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute).
  4. 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.
  5. Stir in currants.  Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full.  Sprinkle top of each muffin with about ½ teaspoon sugar.
  6. 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.

Spice-y Chai Apples with Crispy Oats

Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

1 cup boiling water
Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea bags *

Filling:

3-4 medium apples (try Granny Smith, Gala or John Gold), sliced in thin wedges (approx. 3½ cups)
1 cup tea concentrate
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons corn starch
¼ cup firmly-packed light brown sugar

Topping:

1 cup instant cooking gluten-free oats
½ cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, cold (may use salted with good results)
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Yield:

8-10 servings

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Baking Time: 

30-35 minutes

Instructions: 

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Place tea bags in boiling water; steep for 5-8 minutes.  Remove tea bags and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add the black pepper, cardamom, and vanilla to tea concentrate. Set aside while you slice apples.
  3. Place apples in a bowl large enough to hold all the filling ingredients, pour tea concentrate over apples and toss well. Let the apples sit with the tea concentrate for a minimum of 5 minutes and up to 10 minutes.
  4. Once your apples have soaked, add brown sugar and corn starch to the bowl-stir well. Pour filling into prepared (buttered or oiled) 8 x 8 pan and place the pan uncovered in the oven for approx. 20 minutes. Stir the apples after 10 minutes. Continue cooking another 10 minutes -until apples are tender and the tea sauce is bubbling before you add the topping.
  5. While apples cook make your topping; gather the brown sugar, oats & spices together in a small bowl. Chop the cold butter fine, add to the topping ingredients. Toss well; it will be lumpy with large crumbs. Set aside.
  6. When apples are ready, spread the topping over the apples. Return to the oven for another 10-12 minutes or until the topping is well browned and crunchy looking.
  7. Cool slightly before serving. Serve plain or with a dollop of Greek yogurt, whipped cream, heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.

 

Cindi Bigelow Shares a Memorable Evening At The School for Ethical Education’s Ethics Awards Dinner

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The other night, I had the most wonderful opportunity to speak to high school students from all over Connecticut who won very special Laws of Life Awards for ethics in action.  The students were chosen based on essays they had written from experiences in their life that really taught them to be the best they can possibly be.

I, too, was honored to receive an Ethics in Action Award and be their keynote speaker.  During my address I shared with them experiences in my life that helped shape me to be the person I am today, both personally and professionally.  I shared many stories of my father who helped define who I am today.

My favorite story that I shared was when I first started working at Bigelow Tea.  I had just gotten my MBA and was feeling very excited about working and all the changes I would be able to make (in my opinion, to make the company better).  My father walked in after my first three days and asked me how things were going.  I looked up at him proudly and stated, “Fantastic! I changed this, I’ve done this, I’ve accomplished this. “He smiled nicely and then said to me, “I noticed you have some envelopes outside in the out basket,” (yes, we did have out-baskets back then), “and they’re missing some stamps.”  I said, “Oh, I brought in some bills to mail out.” And then he said, “Well, if you don’t put stamps on your envelopes, why should the other employees put stamps on theirs?  So, why don’t you go out there, grab your envelopes and put some stamps on them.” And then he looked at me and walked out the door.

I stood there for a minute or two, my head spinning.  That wasn’t how I anticipated my first business conversation with my father to go, but to this day, almost thirty years later, I have never forgotten what he said and I never will forget what that stood for.

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to share that with the students and I think that simple little story really resonated with them, as it did me, about the importance of ethics in business and ethics in life.

Spending time with exceptional students at the School for Ethical Education’s Ethics Awards Dinner and sharing some special stories in my life made for a memorable evening.

 

Cindi Bigelow

 

 

 

Bigelow Tea Joins Ethical Tea Partnership’s Sustainability Efforts

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Sustainability is one of the cornerstones of the Bigelow Tea family philosophy, and it’s also one of the main areas where the Ethical Tea Partnership is making strides!

As the ETP notes, “There are a number of global issues such as climate change and social development that could potentially have devastating impacts on the sustainability of tea production.” For tea lovers and those who work in growing and producing tea, this is something to be aware of and concerned about for now and into the future.

ETP’s work in “strategic sustainability” includes increasing farmers’ resistance to climate change and promoting good practice farming and can include the following:

*Helping farmers access affordable finance

*Providing access to new and improved tea bushes

*Teaching water harvesting, conservation, and drip irrigation

Bigelow Tea believes that sustainabili-tea, from our own backyard to the tea fields in Sri Lanka is of the utmost importance.  We are proud to support the mission of the ETP.

Working together, we can take measures to ensure that that there will always be tea on this planet.

Image via ethicalteapartnership.org

Bigelow Tea Marks Women’s Health Month

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Bigelow Tea knows that women have busy schedules every month, but May is a good time to focus on staying healthy because it’s Women’s Health Month! And this week happens to be Women’s Health Week! So, exercise, hydrate (drink tea!) and eat nutritious foods this week, this month … and always!

For the Bigelow family, promoting wellness is important, especially in the workplace. Employees stay active through community outreach and events like the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge. In fact, Bigelow Tea won a Platinum Healthy Workplace Award this year and last year!

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This month is a time for all tea drinkers—from long-time fans to newcomers like @Hanningan706 who recently tried #Bigelow for the first time—to brew a mug of Bigelow Green Tea and consider women’s health. #Bigelowfamily

Top image from Instagram by @stylehonesty

Bigelow Tea Announces Thank You Mom Sweepstakes Winners!

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We are once again so excited to announce that all 175 people have been chosen as the winners of Bigelow Tea’s Thank You Mom Sweepstakes!  Names are in no particular order.  Please be patient while we reach out and verify all winners within 2 weeks time.  Congrats everyone!!

Monique from Florida

Sheshe from New York

Valerie from California

Hope from New Jersey

Laura from Washington

Missy from Indiana

Dina from Michigan

E.L. from California

Kelly from Florida

Donna from Lousiana

Mona from Texas

Rose from Arizona

Brenda from Oklahoma

Amy from Pennsylvania

D.J. from Missouri

Paula from Michigan

Nichole from New York

Kristi from Texas

Janissa from Washington

Denise from Ohio

Sheryl from Illinois

Kim from California

William from Michigan

Valerie from Florida

Michelle from New Jersey

Susan from Illinois

Anne from Ohio

Denise from New York

Sonya from Tennessee

Sharon from Colorado

Diana from Missouri

Erin from Massachusetts

Stacey from Michigan

Kim from California

Carolyn from Pennsylvania

Julie from Kansas

Becca from California

Kim from Texas

Mildred from Iowa

Rachel from California

Traci from Pennsylvania

Debi from New York

Eva from Texas

Tammi from Georgia

Patricia from Texas

Cathy from Indiana

Melanie from Arkansas

Wendy from Connecticut

Yvonne from California

EJ from Georgia

Kate from New Jersey

Amy from Florida

Julie from Michigan

Himani from Washington

April from Washington

Aleta from California

Jennifer from Florida

Pamela from Oregon

Becky from Oregon

Allan from North Carolina

Meg from Texas

Roro from Michigan

Shannon from Florida

Patricia from Massachusetts

Minta from Ohio

Penny from Ohio

Jessica from Nebraska

Karen from Kentucky

Mary from California

Michel’le from Massachusetts

Paula from Florida

Geradette from Iowa

Elaine from Oklahoma

Joanne from Nevada

Felina from Nevada

Crystal from Michigan

Karyn from Pennsylvania

Lana from New York

Chrissy from New York

Laura from Florida

Sue from Ohio

Holly from Pennsylvania

Michelle from Ohio

Caroline from Virginia

Darlene from North Carolina

Brandy from Indiana

Pam from Missouri

Robin from Florida

Janette from Indiana

Jill from Florida

Cami from California

Kristi from Pennsylvania

Hilda from Maine

Madeline from Louisiana

Nikki from Virginia

Kerrie from Missouri

Tina from Minnesota

Brenda from Tennessee

Laura from Illinois

Jennifer from California

Cathy from Ohio

Deborah from New Jersey

Jennifer from Georgia

Martha from California

Dawnja from Illinois

Tanya from Virginia

Cheryl from Connecticut

Sandra from Virginia

Jamie from Indiana

Leesa from Ohio

Pamela from California

Brandy from Missouri

Barbara from Oklahoma

Emery from California

Carol from Illinois

Anne from New Jersey

Deena from Washington

Mario from Arizona

Julie from Texas

Carie from Wisconsin

Gary from Florida

Lorri from California

Jenn from Massachusetts

Bahjet from Michigan

Cathi from Georgia

Joyce from Michigan

Ann from Tennessee

Allison from Nevada

Barb from Indiana

Nancy from Washington

Judy from Kansas

Angela from Michigan

Lucia from South Carolina

Harry from North Carolina

Marcia from Tennessee

Samantha from Wisconsin

Cindy from Florida

Dawn from Michigan

Bonnie from California

Max from California

Sally from Ohio

Debra from Florida

Bessie from Texas

Marie from Florida

Susan from Virginia

Lyra from Pennsylvania

Nancy from New York

Eunoka from Ohio

Carrie from Maryland

Alexandrea from Washington

Stacy from Connecticut

Ida from Illinois

Sarah from Wisconsin

Cindy from Arizona

GayAnn from Iowa

Debbie from Ohio

Jean from Oklahoma

Lori from New York

Lissy from New York

Elaine from New Mexico

Katrina from Pennsylvania

Pauline from California

Sherryl from Maine

Priscilla from California

Sarah from South Dakota

Sherre from Kansas

Sharon from Ohio

John from Pennsylvania

Mary-Elizabeth from Iowa

Martha from Texas

Jodi from Oregon

Kimberly from Florida

Dione from Virginia

Christina from Pennsylvania

Julia from Virginia

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Red—And Pink!—Hatters

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The Red Hat Society sure knows how to throw a tea party and has been dubbed the largest “play group” for women. This fabulous Society of ladies is all about fun, friendship, freedom, tea and of course those amazing hats! While the red hats are reserved for those over the age of 50, ladies who embrace the values of the Society—and love wearing lavender!—are called The Pink HattersBigelow Tea is thrilled to mark National Red Hat Society Day on Friday!

Here are a few beverage suggestions for your next Pink or Red Hat gathering:

  • The Society is all about color coordination, and these women will appreciate Bigelow Tea’s Darjeeling Tea. Not only is it known as the “champagne of teas,” but this Himalayan-grown tea has been packaged in lavender, making it a match made in Socie-tea heaven.

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  • Sweeten the Bigelow Tea with rock sugar … because, as Tuesday Cooper on Pinterest notes, Pink Hatters Rock!

Happy National Red Hat Society Day! @RedHatSociety on Twitter reminds everyone that the “Sisterhood is all about living life to the fullest!” Bigelow Tea lovers will sip to that!

Image by Joel Eckman Maus via RedHatSociety.com

Bigelow Tea Celebrates The Mighty Herb!

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If you love layers of flavor in your food and beverages, you know that herbs make everything better! A pinch of oregano in pasta sauce. A dash of dill in potato salad. And, of course, herbs like mint, chamomile and hibiscus in your mug of tea. Saturday is International Herb Day and May 3rd is Herb Day … so Bigelow Tea says “let’s hear it for the herb!”

To celebrate the herb, here are two fun “herb facts” that will impress your friends:

*First, there’s no “tea” in herbal tea. A “tea” leaf is actually the leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant. Herbal teas—including Bigelow family favorites like Sweet Dreams and Orange & Spice—are made from ingredients like rose hips, peppermint leaves, chicory and orange peel. Not with camellia sinensis.

*Second, herbs for herbal teas have to be carefully harvested, cut and then protected to ensure that their natural volatile oils are protected. It is the volatile oils that provide the active ingredients that are so good for you!

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All of Bigelow Tea’s herb teas are full of tantalizing flavors and contain no caffeine. That way, they can be a part of your mornings, afternoons and even nights!

Top image by david.dames via Flickr.com

The Beauty of Bigelow Tea

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In case you were wondering what’s in your daily cup, Bigelow Tea wanted to take this opportunity to give you a quick Tea 101 lesson!

If you’re sipping a cup of “tea,” you are sipping the brew of the steeped leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant! All true teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant. It’s the varying amounts of time the freshly-plucked Camellia sinensis leaves are exposed to air (oxidation) that determines whether the leaves become black, oolong, green or white tea.

Black Tea, or just plain “tea” as it is often called, comes from Camellia sinensisleaves that are first crushed, then exposed to air for several hours. The amount of oxidation produces a brew that is robust in flavor and rich in color that can be enjoyed as you start your day, or as a pick-me-up any time of day.

It is the Bigelow family recipes, lovingly passed down from generation to generation, that make Bigelow Tea particularly special for so many loyal consumers. Ingredients like orange rind in Bigelow “Constant Comment”® Tea, real oil of citrus bergamot fruit  in Bigelow Earl Grey and refreshing spearmint in Bigelow Plantation Mint® Tea are used to create some of the Bigelow Tea family’s most-loved blends. But the Camellia sinesis plant is the foundation for all Bigelow black teas.

So whether it’s from the top of the Sri Lankan mountains—where some of the finest teas in the world which are grown and carefully hand-picked—or the southern part of Italy where the Bigelow family buys real oil of bergamot (carefully crafted by families that have been performing this delicate process for generations), Bigelow Tea has never and will never compromise on its ingredients—or on its family recipes.

So, when you drink a cup of tea, you’re really sipping the brew of a plant and all the goodness that goes with it. Bigelow Tea uses only the best because it’s what our consumers expect and is at the centerpiece of a three-generations-old family tradition.

(Picture features third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow visiting tea fields in Sri Lanka)

Bigelow Tea Looks At How The Ethical Tea Partnership Supports Producers

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While sipping your tea today, take a moment to reflect upon the tea leaves, where they came from and who helped them reach your mug. The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) thinks about these issues all the time and works hard to ensure that the tea industry is socially just. Bigelow Tea is proud to be a member of this organization!

One vitally important area that the ETP monitors is “Producer Support,” which means helping producers improve many social issues that they may struggle with. The five categories the ETP focuses on in this area are:

Factory health and safety – including the safety of all workers involved in tea production.

Agrochemical management – including training producers how to use the safely

Fair treatment of workers – including contractual issues, working hours, labor relations, the right to collective bargaining and discrimination and harassment

Gender – including eliminating abusive and discriminatory behavior and sexual harassment

Environmental management – including wildlife and biodiversity

The Ethical Tea Partnership’s work in the area of Producer Support is important to everyone who loves tea and respects the planet. Bigelow Tea believes that tea leaves are a treasure—and anything that can be done to ensure they are produced in an ethical, sustainable way is good for all of us.

Image via ethicalteapartnership.org

Bigelow Tea: Proud Member of the Ethical Tea Partnership

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In 1997, a group of tea companies decided to work together to monitor the social and environmental aspects of global tea production. The result was the formation of the Ethical Tea Partnership. Today, the organization monitors and advises tea growers in areas ranging from employment practices to energy use. As the Ethical Tea Partnership states, “Together we’re helping to create a thriving tea industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable.”

Through its auditing programs and educational projects, the ETP is working hard to improve the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and their environment by:

  • Raising core standards
  • Improving worker lives and livelihoods
  • Addressing Climate change and environmental concerns

They focus on:

*Improving conditions for workers and smallholders, and the way that tea estates and factories are managed.

*Running training programs that make workplaces better, fairer, and safer.

*Ensuring producers in members’ supply chains meet good social and environmental standards.

*Developing and supporting partnership projects that address the underlying issues holding back the sustainability of the industry.

*Helping farmers increase their resilience and adapt to the impact of climate change, ensuring that they can continue to thrive in the future.

*Helping producers improve their environmental management systems to protect soil, water, ecosystems, and wildlife.

Bigelow Tea is a committed member of the ETP. The Ethical Tea Partnership’s dedication to acting ethically and achieving strategic sustainability is right in line with the goals of Bigelow Tea. The family-run company has made Sustainabili-TEA a priority. “Being green”—whether it’s by installing 880 solar panels on the company’s headquarters or using compostable packaging for the 1.6 billion tea bags produced annually —is a way of life at Bigelow Tea. It is, simply, the right thing to do.

As a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, Bigelow Tea takes a positive step to assure that its tea growers and producers are audited and examined for items ranging from fair treatment of workers to long-term environmental issues.

Bigelow Tea was the sixth North-American tea company to join the group. Upon joining, Sarah Roberts, Executive Director of the ETP commented: “It’s very encouraging that an established tea company such as Bigelow, which historically has strong ethical principles, understands the value of membership to the ETP. To have a sixth North American packer with established business relationships on board, opens up many new opportunities to the ETP, which will ultimately benefit thousands more tea workers and farmers, and the environments in which tea is produced.”

Bigelow Tea’s third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow said, “Since 1945, my family and everyone at Bigelow Tea has been dedicated to creating the finest-tasting teas and to ensuring that our customers always get the most exceptional tea drinking experience. We also believe in being good corporate citizens, caring not just about our customers, but also about our employees and about the world itself. That’s why we’re proud to be part of the Ethical Tea Partnership, an organization that works with tea growers to establish methods for sustainability and responsible conservation of the world’s tea fields and improve the lives of the beautiful people who work them. When you do the right thing, good things will follow.”