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Bigelow Tea Is Chillin’ and Grillin’ During BBQ Month

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Pour yourself a cold one—a tall glass of Bigelow Tea on ice—and fire up the grill because it’s National Barbeque Month! The grill gurus at Bigelow Tea have cooked up some mouth-watering recipes for you to try this May, and here are two favorites: lamb kebabs marinated in “Constant Comment”® for meat lovers and lemon Portobello mushrooms for the veggie fans out there. Be sure to post selfies by the grill on Facebook and, like @JoySlavens who posted that she loves “brats and onions,” tell us what you’re grilling!

Lamb Kebabs With Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags

¾ cup (180mL) hot water
½ cup (125mL) honey
2 tsp. (10mL) cumin
½ tsp. (2.5mL) ground cloves
20 – 1½ inch (4.5cm) cubes boneless leg of lamb
3 medium sweet potatoes
4 metal or wooden skewers (wooden skewers must be soaked for at least 1 hour)
Dash of salt
¼ cup (60mL) butter

Yield: Serves 4 – Prep Time: 20 minutes – Cook Time: 15-20 minutes.

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Instructions:

Brew Constant Comment® tea bags in ¾-cup (180mL) hot water. Remove tea bags and discard, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible; add honey, cumin and ground cloves and mix well.
Place lamb cubes in large glass casserole and pour tea mixture over lamb. Mix well and set aside.
Pierce sweet potatoes and microwave on high until tender 10-12 minutes, turning once (time will vary according to microwave).
Meanwhile, thread 5 pieces of lamb onto each skewer. Sprinkle with a little salt and brush with marinade. Preheat broiler; broil lamb, brushing with marinade, 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked to medium.
Remove pulp from sweet potatoes and mash with butter. Keep warm on low in microwave. To serve, divide sweet potatoes into four servings, top with skewers of lamb.

Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients:

6 large Portobello mushrooms
Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags

1 cup (250mL) boiling water
3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Yield: Serves 6 – Prep Time 10 mins. – Marinating Time 24 hrs – Cook Time 8-10 min

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Instructions:

Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside.
Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil.
Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours.
When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade.
Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer. They also go very well with steak.

 

Sustainabili-TEA With Bigelow On “Learn About Composting” Day

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Bigelow Tea’s Community Garden

Tomorrow is “Learn About Composting Day ” and Bigelow Tea is sharing some Sustainabili-TEA wisdom to encourage you to compost as much as you can!  Following the dictum “practice what you preach,” Bigelow Tea composts 2 tons per month as part of a company-wide waste reduction practice!

How can you do your part? Well, when you’ve savored that last sip of your favorite Bigelow Tea and are ready to toss the used teabag into the garbage … stop!  Teabags can be recycled and composted! So throw it into the compost heap! And don’t stop with the paper filter teabag! The string and tag on every Bigelow teabag is also compostable.  Even the box containing the teas can be thrown into the compost bin!

There’s definitely an art to making good compost.  By mixing together a variety of organic materials like weeds, grass, prunings, shredded twigs and certain types of paper, fruits, vegetables, crushed eggshells, coffee grounds and tea/teabags, you produce rich, crumbly compost when these organic materials are broken down—a process which takes six months to a year. Then the compost may be used as mulch and soil fertilizer.  You may want to buy or build a composting bin for both yard and food scraps, alternately layering each type of waste.

Join Bigelow Tea in celebrating the wonderful, green earth.  And remember, like the Bigelow Tea family did with its Community Garden (pictured above)—always share your bounty with others! As @PatriciaKirkwood said on the Bigelow Tea Facebook page “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle everyday!”  It’s the right thing to do. #Bigelowfamily

 

Bigelow Tea Looks At Healthy Vision Month

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Bigelow Tea counts among its blessings the many beautiful sights in life, like the stunning sun shining over the tea plants at the Charleston Tea Plantation or the striking image of a freshly brewed mug of Bigelow Tea! That’s why Bigelow Tea looks at Healthy Vision Month as an opportunity to appreciate your precious vision!

Bigelow Tea has blogged before about some ways to keep your eyes healthy, including wearing protective eyewear and having regular vision exams. Hydrating—with Bigelow Tea of course!—helps your eyes too.

As you take in the view and enjoy your tea today, remember to thank your eyes, like @jenekkeabbattista who posted Bigelow Tea pix on Instagram during her recent trip to Italy. Sharing the remarkable scene in Florence at a cafe table with a view of the Piazza del Duomo, she noted: “Drinking Bigelow Tea at the Duomo makes for a perfect morning!”

Healthy Vision Month is about the nuts and bolts of vision health, so please see your way clear to taking care of your eyes this month … and always!

Artwork compliments of D. Borzo

On Memorial Day, Bigelow Tea Salutes Our Troops

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On Memorial Day, Bigelow Tea feels extra proud to pay tribute to U.S. servicemen and women overseas through “Tea for the Troops.” Started in 2009 by third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow, the program has donated roughly 165,000 boxes of Bigelow’s American Classic Tea to military bases around the world.

Sent as a taste of home, this tea is 100 percent grown and produced on American soil at the Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina. It’s packaged in a specialty box sporting the patriotic colors of red, white and blue! Just the colors to remind us of the importance of today’s holiday.

So today, on Memorial Day, the Bigelow Tea family says a heartfelt “thank you” to the men and women in the military, past and present. And thanks to you too, @SandiWoods, for your special “salute” on the Bigelow Tea Facebook page!

Bigelow Tea Is Beaming Over National Smile Month

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Tea always makes the Bigelow Tea family smile, and during May’s National Smile Month, here are a few more good reasons to grab a mug and put a big grin on your face.

Turning that frown upside down can have many benefits like boosting your mood and lowering your stress. Plus, of course, a smile shows others that you’re a friendly person!

There’s plenty to smile about when it comes to Bigelow Tea flavors—like the sunny Lemon Lift!  And Green Tea, studies say, has even been shown to have many oral health benefits, like cavity prevention and freshening your breath!

A smiley cookie alongside your tea, like those above, which you can find on Bigelow Tea’s Instagram, can also make you happy! Tea fan @itsallaboutthepretty_yummy commented on the photo: “Your smile made me smile.” And that’s what it’s all about! Which #BigelowTea makes you smile?

 

Counting The Days Till Bigelow Tea’s First Flush Festival!

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Bigelow Tea is more than a little excited for the upcoming 8th Annual First Flush FesTEAval on Saturday, May 24, at the historic Charleston Tea Plantation! Consider visiting America’s largest working tea garden and the home of American Classic Tea!  Tickets are available here, and children under 8 enter free.

This celebration of the very first tea harvest of the year draws music-loving tea fans to Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina for a glorious day of musical medley, art, local cuisine and of course—tea galore!

Headlining the festival are the uber-talented musicians, The Avett Brothers! Festival goers can also sample a range of food truck artisanal fare, enjoy kids activities, explore the stunning grounds, and sip iced American Classic tea. An exclusive ROCK STAR VIP package includes car service to and from the grounds, open bar, reserved seating and more.

In addition to the great entertainment, attendees are encouraged to bring five canned goods for donation to the Lowcounty Food Bank in exchange for $5 off ticket prices. Gates open at 12pm.  Show times start at 1pm.

Can’t make the Festival?  The Charleston Tea Plantation is open year-round offering tours of the lush tea fields and working factory where visitors can learn a thing or two about the history and process of tea-making. Come visit soon and, like Facebook Fan @CindyAnneFenton, meet Waddy the frog!

 

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.

 

Bigelow Tea Shares Taylor & Selena’s FaceTime Fun!

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Who says all hot, young celebs need a cocktail to have a super fun night? Bigelow Tea can totally be the beverage of choice! Recently, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez had a Saturday GNI (“girls night in”) drinking tea! To share the love, they FaceTimed their gal pal Demi Lovato. Later, Selena posted the pic on Instagram!

These fun-loving and adorable ladies are trend-setters who enjoy a good cup of tea (in this case brewed by T Swizzle herself). Selena is an unabashed tea lover and Taylor has had tea parties with some other cute celebs over the years! Demi even tweeted about her love of tea!

A night “in” with Bigelow Tea can be a giggle-fest for sure. As Selena put it on Instagram: “Just a Saturday night. Taylor’s tea, Demi’s laugh. Honestly, can’t complain.”

Anyone else agree with @selenagomez and think that staying in with tea is the way to go?

Bigelow Tea Lives Family Wellness

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It’s all about family with Bigelow Tea– that’s why Family Wellness Month is something to celebrate! What’s family wellness? It includes a healthy diet, exercise and lots of family activities—from physical activity to sharing a purpose. But family wellness is also about investing in a better way of life. It’s not just about the “results,” but about the journey itself!

Family wellness has been an important value for three generations at Bigelow Tea. Making the best tea is a labor of love, innovation and hard work. And the Bigelow family is always expanding. It now includes fans like @Hannigan706, who tweeted that she just tried Bigelow Tea! Welcome, Karen!

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So, raise a mug of your favorite tea—maybe Green Tea With Wild Blueberry & Acai?—and embrace the journey of improving your family’s daily life. How do you encourage family’s health? Let us know and tag your response with #Bigelowfamily!

 

Bigelow Tea Watches Allison Janney Curl Up With Tea

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Grab a mug of hot tea because the Twitterverse and Allison Janney are holdin’ on tight to their mugs while chatting about Janney’s two new TV roles. In a recent interview with a reporter, she held a cup of tea—Bigelow Tea perhaps?—as she curled up on a couch to talk about how lucky and grateful she is for these “extraordinary” roles.

In the new comedy @MomCBS, Janney plays a free-spirited alcoholic trying to connect with her grown daughter. Then, in @SHO_Masters she’s an elegant but unfulfilled provost’s wife who begins participating in a sex study.

With such a busy schedule and two demanding roles, we’re thinking @AllisonBJanney is drinking a lot of tea to keep pace! Bigelow Tea’s own #ConstantComment is a satisfying blend of tea and spices for a friendly chat with the press or learning all those lines.

Do you think tea and TV go together like the many celebrities we met recently or, like Emily Pap, do you tweet about drinking tea while you watch TV? Tell us @BigelowTea!

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