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Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Provides a New Age Twist for a Classic Pie Recipe

bigelow tea pie recipeIt’s no secret that Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey contains real oil of bergamot harvested from trusted long-term suppliers. Since the 1970’s the Bigelow family has partnered with family farmers in Calabria Italy to blend the most flavorful Earl Grey tea where fans like Godess Athena say then can even smell the difference (we agree!).

This aromatic tea blend is not only delicious on its own- it’s also a bold, flavorful ingredient for a dessert. This Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie recipe starts with a flaky, buttery crust and is topped with a creamy, bergamot flavored filling and fluffy meringue. And note, perfecting your meringue takes practice but a few of these tips will give you a head start. For example, always start with a clean, dry bowl and use the largest, finest-wired whisk to whisk the egg whites. You’ll know your baked meringue is done when you can easily lift it away from the Earl Grey filling.

The next time you’re craving something delicious for dessert, whip up this Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie! We guarantee it’s so delicious, you’ll feel like a professional baker and your family and friends will think so too!

Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugarbigelow tea earl grey
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolk
  • 1  puff pastry shell
  • 4 egg white
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

Heat oven to 400.
Place pastry into baking dish of choice and make holes with fork to let air escape. Place some weight on pastry to prevent it from rising and bake till golden brown. Let cool till ready for use.
Heat water and steep tea ten minutes.
Combine 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt and stir into tea.  Bring to a boil and whisk in butter.
Stir together egg yolks and temper with hot tea mixture and then return to pot and bring back to a boil then pour into prepared pasty shell.
Whisk egg whites with either lemon juice or cream of tartar. When soft peaks form add sugar and continue whipping till firm peaks form.
Spread over pastry and let it touch edges. Bake at 400 till meringue begins to brown and let cook till meringue is firm and cooked through. If meringue begins to get to dark lower temp to 300 and let cook till meringue sets.
Chill and serve.

On Earth Day, Bigelow Tea Celebrates Success With Waste Reduction

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Did you know that 94% of Bigelow Tea’s solid waste companywide is diverted from ending up in a landfill (yes, a just in time fact for Earth Month!)?  As a result of exceeding Zero Waste Alliances’ guidelines where no more than 10% of waste gets dumped, we have worked hard to attain and maintain a “Zero Waste to Landfill” status!

Curious about how we make this happen? Pour a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea and read on to find out what the Bigelow family and all employees do across three manufacturing facilities in order to stay in the ‘green.’

Reduce: Throughout its various offices, Bigelow staffers have cut down on excess printing. For example, copies of customer service orders as well as overall paper usage has been reduced by a whopping 65,000 sheets! Within the packing plants, Bigelow has lowered the amount of shrink-wrap and foil wrap used for packaging and shipping the teas.

Recycle: Bigelow’s plants and offices are committed to recycling. Along with separating bins, initiatives have extended to collecting and properly recycling common and uncommon items like computers/electronics, printer cartridges, old sneakers, cooking oil, and videotapes. Plus 85% of Bigelow’s packaging is recyclable or biodegradable.

Composting: Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic materials by breaking them down. Since November 2010, Bigelow has been doing its part by composting approximately two tons annually from sources such as the cafeterias and landscaping. Plus, Bigelow Tea drinkers (and we have many of course) can compost their tea bags. Just remove the staple from the bag first.

Now Bigelow wants to know what you do to reduce excess waste. Like Melanie Kissell’s Facebook post notes, she is using a separate recycling bin and is no longer buying bottled water.  During Earth Month and beyond, how are you reducing waste?

Taste Bigelow Tea’s Caramel-Kissed Teas!

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Caramel conjures cravings for something sweet and buttery-rich and just a bit toasty. Who can resist this decadent flavor? With Bigelow Tea‘s three caramel-kissed black teas to choose from, you’ll never have to try!

Sure, a luscious dessert drizzled with caramel sauce is an occasional treat, but Bigelow Salted Caramel TeaCaramel Chai Tea and Vanilla Caramel Tea are delicious alternatives that can be enjoyed anytime – guilt-free. Each blend captures the irresistible taste of caramelized sugar, as well as its distinctive aroma and amber-to-coppery hue. Try them all for National Caramel Month!

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Salted Caramel, the newest addition to Bigelow’s caramel lineup, is a perfect marriage of sweet and salty in an all-natural blend of black tea, chicory root and rose hips. (As Instagrammer @jenursa says, it’s #instagood!) Caramel Chai takes chai to a new level with the addition of molasses crystals and spices, while Vanilla Caramel proves that vanilla and caramel are a heavenly combination. Add a splash of milk and sweetener to any of these yummy teas to make them even more indulgent.

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And if drinking these rich teas isn’t enough for you, how about bringing out your inner baker and making a delightful snack with a caramel tea twist? For a perfect fall muffin that melts in your mouth, try Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins, created by Bigelow Tea Fan Heather Kennedy. These caramel tea-infused muffins—which won Bigelow Tea’s recipe contest in 2011!—make a great snack or light breakfast. Give them a try!

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Enjoy!

 

Bigelow Tea Composts For A Common Good In Boise

 

bigelow tea environmentBigelow Tea believes that making sustainability a priority is the right way to do business. Recyclingconserving energy and composting are a few of the ways the Bigelow Tea family tries to minimize its impact on the environment. At the company’s Boise, Idaho plant, composting is a big deal. Here’s a bit more about composting in Boise.

For starters, Bigelow Tea composted 6,885 pounds last year! In addition, over the past year, the company connected with the organization Create Common Good, and now composts at their community garden. Create Common Good is an organization that provides on the job food-service training programs for people with barriers to employment to achieve self-sufficiency. The average wage for participant before going through the program is $1.13 an hour and increases to $9.57 per hour afterwards. Last year they chopped 36 tons of onions, 437 people were trained, and 91% of participants were placed into jobs in the community after completing the program.

Bigelow Tea is glad to assist Create Common Good in several ways. First, Bigelow Tea’s Boise plant is able to compost over 800lb of tea waste every month to their community garden. (This not only benefits the garden but prevents waste from ending up at the landfill.)  Second, Bigelow Tea is able to provide some food safety and occupational guidance to improve their operations. Third, through volunteer opportunities in the upcoming year, Bigelow Tea will be able to have some hands-on experience working with the participants of the program. Finally, through a monetary donation, the company is able to help support the organization to focus on what they do best.

Said third-generation President and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, “We are grateful to have Create Common Good in the community and look forward to our partnership increasing over the years.”

Bigelow Tea Facebook Fans Love Fall Teas!

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Bigelow Tea welcomed the fall with seasonal teas  … and Bigelow Tea Facebook fans were delighted! Hot tea and cool autumn weather certainly go hand in hand. Here’s some of what you had to say on Facebook!

*“My mid morning enjoyment, Pumpkin Spice,” said Anne Elizabeth Twohey.

*And Doris Tyler Bartlett added: “Need to get some fall flavors.”

*Linda White posted that Bigelow’s fall teas are great all year round! “I have been drinking Pumpkin Spice since I first found it, even though it was summer! It’s my absolute favorite flavor! I also like Salted Caramel quite a bit!”

*And Bigelow Tea lovers who didn’t have seasonal varieties on hand yet still enjoyed their cups of tea. Denise Darcell noted, “I don’t have pumpkin spice, but I’m sipping the heck out of what I got. Good ol’ black tea, regular.”

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*Fan George Wright summed it up (and posted the cool “Constant Comment”® photo, above): “I can’t think of a better way to usher in the new season.” Agreed!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Bigelow Tea’s seasonal favorites. Keep those constant comments coming!

 

Bigelow Tea Reminisces About Tea Innovations Through The Ages

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From field to cup, tea takes a remarkable journey—one that has changed in fascinating ways with innovations in the tools used to prepare it for consumption. Nature provides the precious tea leaves, but human ingenuity and imagination make brewed tea possible. Bigelow Tea is proud to be celebrating 70 years as part of this great tea tradition!

Legend has it that a Chinese emperor discovered how to infuse tea more than 4,000 years ago when the wind blew leaves into the water he was boiling. As NPR notes in this excellent historical overview, people all over the world have been thinking up new ways to make and enjoy tea ever since. Tea was once pressed into cakes that were broken into pieces (then roasted and boiled), powdered and whipped, sipped from bowls, and incorporated into ancient Chinese rituals requiring up to 25 objects for the tea service. Invention of the tea bag was a happy accident in America in the 1900s when a merchant began selling tea leaves wrapped in silk pouches. Rather than remove the tea leaves as intended, customers put the bags right in their teapots instead. Genius!

Fast-forward to today. As a third-generation, family-owned tea company, Bigelow Tea embraces tradition while also striving to stay at the forefront of tea innovation. Hence the Bigelow team has worked to develop the signature foil pouches that protect the freshness and flavor of every Bigelow tea bag.

Bigelow Tea introduced another novel tea bag with the Novus line of premium full-leaf teas from the world’s finest tea estates. Each Novus tea is enveloped in a pyramid-shaped sachet that allows the delicate leaves to unfurl completely when steeped for a cup of tea that offers perfection in every sip! No wonder it’s a favorite of many Bigelow Tea fans—like @z_inita, who tweeted her love for Novus Citrus Chamomile Herb Tea.

Which Bigelow Tea variety do you prefer in your modern-day mug?

 

Bigelow Tea Green Tea Pairs Well With Favorite Foods

bigelow tea green tea classic mug

Of course, everyone knows that tea is a “drink with jam and bread,” … but what else goes well with a nice cup of Bigelow Tea? The first rule of pairing tea with food is that there are no rules—only suggestions. Bigelow Tea has created a page devoted to this topic, so check it out and explore some of the options. Today we’re focusing on Classic Green Tea, so here are some thoughts on what to nibble with your cuppa!bigelow tea green tea box

Bigelow’s classic green tea is grown at high elevation to extract the best flavor. This traditional green tea is smooth and mellow on the palate, with clean notes of green melon and grass. This delicate, fresh-tasting brew pairs perfectly with lighter dishes such as rice, chicken, fish and other seafood.

If you want to sip at lunch, try it with Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwiches. For dinner it pairs beautifully with Lemon Ginger Shrimp and a side of Jasmine Rice with Fruits. And if you’re into dessert, Green Tea perfectly compliments milk chocolate. Yum!

What’s your favorite thing to eat while you sip Bigelow Green Tea?

 

Bigelow Tea Pumpkin Spice: An Autumn Treat For Your Taste Buds

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As summer gives way to autumn, at Bigelow Tea, that signals the start of Pumpkin Spice tea season! What’s not to love about this time of year? Fall brings out the beautiful foliage, wreaths, pumpkins on doorsteps and, of course, the quintessential flavors and spices of the season.

bigelow tea pumpkin psice boxBigelow Pumpkin Spice tea is a naturally flavorful blend of black tea, real pumpkin (!), cinnamon, ginger, licorice root, and cloves. The warmth of the cinnamon combines with a refreshing zing of ginger and licorice, while cloves add aromatic depth. The real pumpkin rounds out this tea’s rich flavor — like a slice of pumpkin pie in your cup!

bigelow tea pumpkin bread

This hearty tea is so good you’ll wish you could eat it—and we say, “Why not?” The Bigelow family loves to “spice” up holiday party menus with fall-licious recipes like Pumpkin Pie Tea Bread(pictured above), Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake, and Creamy Custard Rice Pudding. Try these and our other Pumpkin Spice Tea recipes for your holiday celebrations this season.

Twitter tea fan @MadisonLee28 said she “found love in Aisle 4” when she found Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. Once you try it, we know you’ll fall in love with it, too!

Bigelow Tea’s Use of Solar Energy Is Looking Bright

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While Bigelow Tea has been using solar energy since August 2007, the family-owned company is excited to share the news that other companies and homeowners across the U.S. haven taken the plunge as well and are now investing in renewable energy. Solar energy usage in 2014 increased by 30 percent as reported by Solar Energy Industries Association/GTM Research.  And according to a Scientific American article on the same report, the jump represents nearly $18 billion in new investments.

At Bigelow’s Fairfield facility, 880 solar panels generate about 15 percent of its power usage, mainly with lighting and operations. Yet their savings are far greater. They produce 200,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy, which is enough to power 527 homes a year, and reduce pollution levels that are equivalent to car emissions from 200,000 highway miles. To date, Bigelow has produced approximately 1,500,000 kWhs!

The investment that Bigelow has made in supporting renewable energy and reducing emissions is just one part of the company’s overall sustainability efforts. Recently Cindi Bigelow and the Bigelow Tea Green Team received the Fairfield Business Designation Platinum Award for their leadership in demonstrating sustainable practices This highest-level award recognizes Bigelow Tea for having completed twenty-six sustainable practices within the categories of Education, Water, Indoor Environment, Transportation, and Energy. Bigelow’s green efforts exceeded the minimum number of requirements of twenty by six!

Bigelow Tea feels passionate about taking an active step toward greening Connecticut and helping protect Planet Earth.

Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea Sommeliers 

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Move over wine sommeliers, there’s a new breed of beverage experts serving up great advice for pairing food and drink! Bigelow Tea is delighted to hear that tea sommeliers are emerging on the restaurant scene to share their passion for tea and help diners choose teas and foods that are matches made in culinary heaven.

As tea sommelier Aurelie Bessiere explained to NPR, “The whole idea of pairing tea with food is that you should have a tea that’s going to enhance the flavor of the food, or vice versa.” Tea sommeliers study the origins and nuances of teas, including their distinct aromas, to understand how food and tea pairings heighten different flavors. Atera and Eleven Madison Park in New York City are among the fine restaurants that include tea sommeliers as part of an overall effort to make tea integral to the dining experience. Bigelow Tea certainly hopes tea-centric dining becomes a trend!bigelow tea green tea

Of course, you don’t need a sommelier to experiment with tea pairing on your own at home. In need of inspiration? Check out the Bigelow Tea pairings page, and while you’re at it, learn why pairing Cozy Chamomile tea with Bigelow Tea’s recipe for I Love Lemon Quick Bread is an extra-special treat!

Thanks @gullyjuice187 for sharing your breakfast combo: oatmeal, raisins and Green Tea—and proving that the best food and tea pairings are the ones you prefer!

Image by Sebastiaan ter Burg via Flickr