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Take Bigelow Tea From Your Cup To The Kitchen

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While tea is wonderful to sip, it’s just as delightful when used in the kitchen. The Farmer’s Almanac website encourages their readers to “eat your tea” and we couldn’t agree more! Tea is tasty in desserts, dinnersside dishes… the list goes on. We find that tea enhances just about any meal!

Luckily, cooking with Bigelow Tea doesn’t require professional chef expertise. For instance, The Farmer’s Almanac suggests substituting brewed tea for water or broth in recipes, or brazing meat with brewed black tea. Plus, marinating seafood in tea may help dampen the “fishy” smell. As @Sabersenshi says, “Cooking with tea adds so much flavor to things.” So if you haven’t started using tea in your recipes, now is the time!

Bigelow Tea had its beginnings in the kitchen, after all. It’s where in 1945 Ruth Campbell Bigelow worked tirelessly in her New York brownstone to create “Constant Comment,” the first of many delicious teas from Bigelow.

Wondering how to take Farmer’s Almanac’s advice? Check out these mouthwatering recipes which are perfect for spicing up late season grilling. We especially love grilled meats marinated in tea – it’s easy to do and the results are yummy. Let us know below how you are inspired to add tea to your cooking!

Red, White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Tea Raspberry Dressing

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Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

1/4 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Black Tea (or brew more and then use some for the dressing and some for the marinade)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups raspberries
2 tablespoons blueberries

Marinade Ingredients:

1 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Tea
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 cups spinach and Arugula lettuce leaves (these are easy to find already mixed together in the pre-made salad containers)
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in 1 teaspoon of butter
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

For the dressing:

Add tea, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and kosher salt to a food processor or blender. Give it one spin to start mixing ingredients. Add raspberries and blueberries and process on high until it’s completely mixed and the fruit is pureed all the way. Refrigerate overnight.

For the marinade and chicken:

Combine remainder of brewed tea (about a cup), olive oil, and honey in a large dish with a secure lid. Shake and mix well. Uncover and add chicken. Cover and flip container to ensure that chicken is coated in marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

To assemble salad:

Toast walnuts in butter and allow to cool. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill chicken until done. Allow to cool for ten minutes before thinly slicing into strips. Lay out your salad and top with raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, blue cheese and chicken strips. Drizzle with salad dressing.

May we suggest Iced Tea and Lemonade to pair with this recipe?

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Bigelow Tea Glaze and Seasonal Vegetables

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Ingredients

5 cups boiling water
Bigelow Green Tea with Mango Tea bags
Bigelow Green Tea with Peach Tea bags
Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea bags
1.2-1.5 lb. Pork Tenderloin whole
1 clove garlic, smashed
½ small yellow onion cut into in wedges
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (use only if oven baking tenderloin)
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (can substitute cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey (can substitute brown sugar)
1 tablespoon veg. oil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoons of both Salt and pepper

Instructions

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and add the Bigelow Tea bags, the clove of garlic and the onion wedges. Remove from heat and cover – let steep for 20-30 minutes. Remove tea bags squeezing well and discard, along with the garlic and onion. Divide the tea mixture -set aside 2 cups for the glaze to the remaining 3 cups add the vinegar, honey, oil, thyme and salt and pepper- stir. This will be the marinade for the pork. Once the marinade tea has cooled down somewhat, pour into a large plastic bag; add pork tenderloin and marinate for 5 hours or overnight in refrigerator. While pork marinates make the glaze and ready your vegetables both can be set aside or refrigerated covered overnight. Heat your grill to medium; while grill is heating drain tenderloin from marinade -discard marinade- and wipe loin dry, set aside. Pour ½ cup of the reserved tea glaze into a small vessel you can work out of. Place pork on grill. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium. Open grill and brush liberally with tea glaze. Reduce grill to low, continue to cook pork over the next 8-10 minutes, turning pork and coating well with glaze, 2 or 3 more times, until thermometer reads 160′. Remove from heat and let rest for 8-10 minutes. Slice into medallions and serve with glazed vegetables.

Instructions for Oven Baking Pork

Prep time: approx. 10 minutes Oven time: 20 minutes

Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. While pan is heating, drain tenderloin from marinade -discard marinade- and wipe loin dry. Carefully add tenderloin to hot pan and cook, turning until brown on all sides, 5-6 minutes. Baste liberally with tea glaze and place skillet with pork in oven and bake for 8 minutes. Open oven and baste liberally with tea glaze again. Continue to cook until thermometer reads 160′, about 12-15 minutes, basting pork again when you remove it from the oven. Transfer pork tenderloin to platter and let rest for 8-10 minutes. Slice into medallions and serve with glazed vegetables. Yield: Serves 4 

Tea Glaze:

2 cups reserved Bigelow Tea mixture
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of salt

Bring remaining 2 cups of tea mixture to a simmer over med-high heat and cook to reduce. After 45 minutes or so, check it you want to have about 1 cup no less. Add honey, salt and pepper and set aside for later or refrigerate overnight.

Seasonal Vegetables with Bigelow Tea Glaze:

1 medium Acorn squash
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 medium Parsnips peeled (can substitute yellow onions)
2 tablespoons butter, salted
½ cup reserved tea glaze

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the butter in an oven proof pan and put in oven to melt while oven pre- heats. Cut the carrots and parsnips on the diagonal into 2 inch pieces. Slice the acorn squash into rings 1 inch thick rings-then cut in half. Remove the pan from the oven – place all the vegetables in pan and carefully toss with butter to coat. Bake for 10 minutes. Open oven and pour the tea glaze over the vegetables, stirring well to coat. Continue to bake until vegetable are tender and can be pierced by a small knife point, approximately 15-20 minutes.

May we suggest English Teatime to pair with this recipe?

Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey Gives Ice Cream A Distinct Flavor

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Hey Bigelow Tea fans, do you know what gives Earl Grey Tea its distinct taste? It’s bergamot oil, which comes from bergamots, a type of citrus fruit. Who knew? Not all bergamots are the same … and in producing Bigelow Tea’s famous Earl Grey, the Bigelow family sources bergamot oil directly from a long-time family-owned orchard in Calabria, Italy, where bergamots naturally thrive. The oil is extracted during the fruit’s harvest season, so that the batches are first pressed and purely fresh. As a third-generation, family run business, Bigelow Tea makes great efforts to ensure that the ingredients used in all of their blended teas come straight from quality sources.

If you simply can’t get enough of Earl Grey (like Chris Costello, who tweeted about his four cups a day routine!), consider taking an even cooler approach by making this Earl Grey Ice Cream recipe. Savor it and let us know what you think!

Earl Grey Ice Cream

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 8 bags Bigelow Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

In 2-quart saucepan combine half and half and whipping cream. Over medium-high heat bring to a low boil (5 minutes). Remove mixture from heat and add 8 tea bags; steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags from cream and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Place tea mixture, sugar, vanilla, and ½ teaspoon salt in mixer bowl; beat on medium speed until sugar dissolves (1 minute). Place in refrigerator; cool completely. Once cool, place tea cream mixture in bowl of ice cream maker; process as directed. Suggestion – top with Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Sauce.

Bigelow Tea Studies America’s Tea Drinking Habits

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For over 70 years, Bigelow Tea has always kept a pulse on our tea drinking audience so when tea drinking habits shift, we like to keep up with the trends. We have been reviewing some fascinating stats from The Tea Association of the USA on tea drinking habits so grab your favorite Bigelow cup of tea and take a look at what we found:

One finding by The Tea Association of the USA survey is that 82 percent of Americans drink tea and women are putting their teakettles on a bit more than men but not by much which is wonderful (85 percent vs 79 percent). Of course, Bigelow also knows that tea lovers often like to include an add-in with their favorite beverage. According to the survey, lemon seemingly takes the lead (70 percent), followed by sugar/artificial sweeteners (46 percent), and honey (4 percent).

If you’re thirsty for more details, here are some other neat tea tidbits:

  • 85 percent of tea consumed in the U.S. is iced tea
  • 43 percent go for tea to boost their immune system
  • 37 percent drink tea to calm them down
  • 26 percent choose tea to maintain a healthy weight

Bigelow also likes hearing directly from our customers about how they savor our blended teas. We’re delighted to learn that Judy in Seattle feels that “Constant Comment®” is the only tea for her, so much that she’s been drinking this flavor since she was 4 years old! As for other Bigelow favorites, Cecil in Duluth told us that he likes having our Jasmine Green Tea cold and that it completely re-energizes him.

Now, let Bigelow Tea know what your personal tea trends include – we want to know!

Cool Down This Summer with Bigelow Iced Tea

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Who doesn’t love iced tea on a hot summer day (and if it is Bigelow tea, even better right)?  Luckily, iced tea is quite simple to make as it really only requires two ingredients: fresh water and of course, tea. But here is where the fun comes in because green, black, white and herbal tea can be used to create a refreshing glass as noted by tea experts Nathaniel Pantalone and Cynthia Gold. Some of the best varieties to use include the following:

bigelow tea jasmine green teaJasmine Green Tea which is subtly sweet and has a fresh, flowery fragrance.

 

 

bigelow tea oolongOolong Tea which is a smooth, full-bodied, fragrant variety due to being exposed to air for half the amount of time as black tea.

 

 

bigelow tea english teatime teaCeylon Tea like Bigelow English Teatime® which is a strong, full-bodied variety of black tea with a golden color. This is probably the type of tea you think of when you think of Iced Tea!

 

But don’t stop with just these flavors!  With over 130 varieties of tea offered, why not follow third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s suggestion for pairing different teas so you can create your own perfect glass (or quart) that is both refreshing and delicious!

Don’t want to experiment?  No problem.  We have perfect iced tea recipes that will be sure to quench yours or your guest’s thirst.  Give these a try or share your own recipes with us….we would love to hear from you! Happy iced tea drinking!

Green Tea with Mango and Perfect Peach Iced Tea

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Ingredients

Instructions

Pour boiling water over 2 Perfect Peach herbal tea bags and 1 Green tea with Mango tea bag. Steep 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add cold water. Sweeten to taste. Pour into tall glass filled with ice…and enjoy.

Constant Comment and Plantation Mint Iced Tea

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Ingredients

Instructions

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 “Constant Comment”® tea bags and 1 Plantation Mint® tea bag and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste.

Third Generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow Shares Fascinating Facts About Tea

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Tea comes in a myriad of flavors and types, but there’s so much more to this drink than meets the eye. Third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow sat down with Naturally Savvy, a website focused on natural and organic living, to share some interesting tidbits about tea that you might not know. Here are some of the highlights:

The theanine in tea is what gives you that relaxed feeling.

Studies say theanine  (also called L-theanine) can stimulate the immune system as well as the mind, leaving the body with benefits similar to yoga. Theanine actually binds with the caffeine in tea, which is what makes the tea-drinking experience so different from the jolt you get from coffee.

The benefits of theanine are found in tea bush leaves.
Theanine is a component of the camellia sinensis plant, so it’s found in green teablack tea or oolong tea. While herbal teas, such as chamomile, don’t contain leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, these teas can also be very relaxing because of the herbs used.

The tannin levels in a tea can affect people differently.

It’s not necessarily the caffeine that some people are sensitive to in tea- it might be the tannins. This natural component of tea that gives it its color may not agree with some people when the tea is consumed on an empty stomach. A high amount of tannin can taste astringent, and in general, a high quality tea will be lower in tannins, providing a better flavor.

Not all tea ingredients are the same. 

Sourcing is very important when it comes to making quality tea. Bigelow Tea sources many ingredients from family farms that have not only known the Bigelow family for decades but also provide high quality ingredients like the mint and the lemon used in a variety of Bigelow tea flavors.

Making time for tea everyday can be a great way to relax and revive as shared by Cindi Bigelow. How and why do you incorporate tea into your daily routine?

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know Why Do You Drink Tea

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As we’ve reported earlier, people are drinking more tea than ever before.  And we are thankful that so many are making Bigelow Tea a part of their daily routine! Bigelow Tea drinkers like Lauren Stallard Kramer grew up drinking “Constant Comment”®, one of America’s most loved specialty teas. She says, “My mother always had it in the cupboard and so do I.” And Patsy Shuman, who explains that she “was introduced to “Constant Comment”® 20 years ago and has loved it ever since.”  Others like Cecil Young Jr, switched from coffee to Bigelow Tea because, as he says, “I heard of the health effects of green tea.” Still others, like Christie Hoffman White, tell us, “Every day calls for a cup of tea!” She particularly enjoys Bigelow Tea’s Raspberry Royale.  And Bigelow Tea drinker Kathie Fetterly says she’s a tea lover, whether she drinks it “hot or cold.”  And then there are fans like Erin Schrepfer who simply say, “Bigelow is my go to!

So now it’s your turn to share your reason for drinking tea. We invite you to brew up a cup of your favorite hot or iced  tea and take a few minutes to answer the survey below because we’d love to know your own reasons for drinking Bigelow Tea!


Steep Yourself In History At Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation

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Imagine an island oasis filled with tea plants as far as the eye can see, and you’ll get a sense of why Charleston Tea Plantation is such a special part of the Bigelow Tea family. But to truly appreciate this storybook vision brought to life, come visit and steep yourself in tea history!

Tucked away on 127 unspoiled acres on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden and home to American Classic Tea. Visitors are invited to tour the tea garden via trolley, learn about tea production, or even to host a magical wedding amid ancient oak trees and the lush camellia sinensis (tea) plants.

Bigelow Tea purchased the tea garden in 2003, partnering with former owner William Barclay Hall, a third-generation tea taster and tea expert who took over the property in 1987. His expertise in tea growing and production, coupled with Bigelow Tea’s 70 years of experience in the tea business, has ensured the preservation of a historical gem for future generations.

The story of tea growing in America dates to the 1700s, when the first attempts were made to propagate the camellia sinensis plant in South Carolina. Not until 1888, when Dr. Charles Shepard founded the Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville, South Carolina, did American-grown tea become a reality. It was Shepard’s plants that were transplanted to a former potato farm on Wadmalaw Island in 1963 and thrive there today in 320 varieties.

Check out the Charleston Tea Garden Pinterest page for more engaging stories and photos, and start planning your step back in tea time with a trip to Charleston!

Eunice and David Bigelow Recognized With Lifetime Achievement Award

bigelow familyBack in 1945, when Bigelow Tea first started, Ruth Campbell Bigelow could only afford a single-color label for her tea. Each night, her son, David, Jr., would help his father hand paint the two women on the original label. Then, in the morning, they would put the tea into the family station wagon and sell it store by store. David, Jr. has surely come a long way since painting labels. Today, he and his wife, Eunice, are co-chairmen of the company and were recently recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Specialty Food Association at its Summer Fancy Food Show on June 27 in New York City.

While Bigelow Tea attributes its beginnings to Ruth and the flagship tea “Constant Comment®”, it was her son, David, and his wife, Eunice, who paved the way for the growth of the U.S. specialty tea market. David, with Eunice’s unwavering support, led the company with a spirit of determination to its current prominence as the country’s #1 specialty tea company. His integrity, intelligence and kindness also helped form the brand’s personality and its success.

“All of us at Bigelow Tea could not be more proud to see this Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed on my parents,” said Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president and CEO of the company. “They are admired not only for the significant impact they have had on the specialty tea industry, but for the positive influence they have had on lives of the thousands of employees whose privilege it has been to work alongside them during Bigelow Tea Company’s more than 70 years. Their passion, creativity and guidance are without measure,” Cindi remarked.

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In addition to making Bigelow Tea the U.S. industry leader in specialty teas, Eunice and David’s more recent accomplishments include their significant 2003 additional investment in South Carolina’s 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation. It was their dream to restore this unique site, which is America’s largest tea garden, and share this vibrant piece of Americana for all to enjoy. Today, the beautiful Charleston Tea Plantation has become the standard bearer for the long and illustrious American tea story and welcomes 70,000 visitors each year — a suitable landmark to complement the profound impact their efforts made on the consumer tea market.

So raise a cup to Eunice and David Bigelow. Without their ingenuity, vision or drive, Bigelow Tea might not be celebrating its 70th year. It’s been the labor of a lifetime, a labor truly worthy of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bigelow Tea On Ice—You’ll Want To Try These Winning Combinations!

 

Whether you enjoy iced tea by the glass or by the pitcher, it’s tough to top pouring your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. But do you know what’s better than one flavor? Two! That’s why iced tea combinations are so much fun. Here are a few of our favorite thirst-quenching iced tea pairing recipes:

These are the combinations we’d recommend, but we wanted to hear from you, too. That’s why we asked Bigelow Tea fans to vote for their favorite iced tea pairings, and wouldn’t you know… they responded by the thousands! The I Love Lemon and English Teatime combination won first place with 2434 votes, followed closely by Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz with 2264 votes. Other popular choices were Green Tea and Wild Blueberry Acai, and Pomegranate Pizzazz and Green Tea with Pomegranate. Don’t forget to check out the video above, too, where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow makes a glass of Red Raspberry and Jasmine Green iced tea. Another great option comes from Bigelow enthusiast @CallMeTeff, who suggests combining Earl Grey and “Constant Comment®” over ice. Yum… we’re getting thirsty with just hearing all these flavor combos!

With so many more fantastic undiscovered combinations out there, we hope there’s no end to this tasty season of iced tea. Send in your favorites, and keep cool this summer—one glass at a time.

Bigelow Tea Uncovers the Mysteries of Chai

bigelow tea vanilla chaiWe love to respond to Bigelow Tea fan questions and this was a good one so we wanted to share it with you as well.  A reader asked. “What is Chai?”  The easiest definition of Chai is spiced milk tea, but let’s look a bit more closely at this historical brew.

Chai originated in the East and dates back to thousands of years ago as a concoction sipped by Eastern royalty, though it did not actually contain tea leaves at the time. The drink grew in popularity when the British set up tea plantations in India in the 1800’s, leading to widespread variations across the country and eventually the rest of the world.  Chai was often used as a healthful tonic for common ailments such as colds or indigestion.

Chai is typically a blend of rich black tea, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorn, nutmeg and cinnamon.  It may also be made with green tea.  Spices and sweeteners may vary based on preference so if you are up for a tea change,  check out our Spiced Chai (also available in Decaf), Vanilla Chai, Green Tea Chai,  Chocolate Chai (Yum!), and Caramel Chai as they will be sure to keep you coming back to the kettle for another cup.

Now, how many of you hesitate to talk about how much you love Chai as an alternative to morning coffee or an irresistible beverage any time of day just because you are not exactly sure how to pronounce it?  Is it “ch I” or “k I?”  The answer is: ch I.  In fact, Chai is actually the word for tea in many languages.

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So now that you have some history and Chai and you know how to pronounce it, which Bigelow Chai flavor will be your first choice to try?