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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.

“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

With The Arrival Of A New Year And January Being Hot Tea Month Coupled With This Awesome Bigelow Tea Benefits Gift Set, We Have A Party In The House!

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Baby, it’s cold outside, but inside you’ll feel warm, cozy, and rejuvenated all year long with Bigelow Tea’s newest line of wellness teas, Bigelow Benefits. These amazing teas are all about offering wellness solutions for every day. And while your body is enjoying some amazing benefits, your taste buds will thank you once again for awesome tea flavors that rock! Drink proudly to be your best every day – we think that’s a great resolution to make for the new year while livin’ the #TeaProudly life!

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And hey, while each box of tea is perfect on its own, check out this new set of Bigelow BENEFITS…it truly redefines wellbeing. The flavors can be enjoyed any time of day for whenever you need a boost! And don’t think you need to sip alone! Who wouldn’t want to grab a mug and join you for one or all of these flavors:

Radiate Beauty
Containing aloe (known for its incredible hydration and skin soothing abilities) and blueberry (yummy andhigh in antioxidants!) this flavor is designed to make you feel all glowy inside and out!

Stay Well
Cold and flu season doesn’t have to get you down this year — support your health with a tasty combination of Echinacea and lemon.

Balance
The season of overindulging is over, but your body may still be feeling the after effects. Get back to balance with the sweetness of cinnamon, known for having a positive effect on blood sugar.

Calm Stomach
Settle an upset tummy or just give digestion a kick with this ginger and peach infused flavor.

Sleep
Chamomile and lavender are known for lulling you into snooze-land safely. Amp up your zzz’s with this relaxing blend.

Refresh
Give your mind and body a pick-me-up with spicy-sweet turmeric, green tea, and a bit of pepper to pep things up.

Whether you are having fun with the fact that January is National Hot Tea Month, cold and flu season has hit you hard, or you want to enjoy the most yummy tea on earth, treat yourself to this boxed set that includes everything to feel fabulous every day of the month (and every month of the year). Celebrate your love of tea while getting the new year off on the right foot, and tell us, which tea you are most excited to incorporate into your day. Tag your thoughts with #TeaProudly so we can share in your joy of happy tea drinking! Cheers!

Cozy Up To A Cup Of Bigelow During National Hot Tea Month 

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The colder it gets, the more we want to bundle up with a mug of tea! And, hey, what better month to do that than January which is National Hot Tea Month, right?! If you’re wondering how best to rock this tea party season, sharing a cup of Bigelow Tea with your favorite peeps is a great way to begin. National Hot Tea Month is also a great excuse to sip more tea and enjoy it over good conversation. And if you needed one more reason to celebrate tea this January (and every other month of the year), we’ll do one better—we’ll give you 10!

Reasons to Celebrate Tea

  1. Tea tastes amazing. And we promise that every cup of Bigelow Tea you drink will be made with only the finest ingredients.
  2. Research suggests that when it comes to tea, the benefits go far beyond refreshment. For example, the theanine in tea is a natural support for mood, sleep and mental focus!
  3. A cup of tea is guilt-free! Tea can be a healthy and flavorful part of any diet—it’s zero calories and most of our flavors are also gluten-free!
  4. Tea is a common thread around the world. In the U.S. alone, millions of us share a love for tea. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!
  5. Can we say tea party? No longer the exclusive property of ladies in gloves and big hats, tea parties can be fun and even cool. Are you ready to get your tea party on?
  6. Hydration, hydration, hydration. Tea makes it easy.
  7. Tea is sooo versatile. Some teas get you going. Some teas keep you going. And some teas are much more effective than counting sheep.
  8. Sip by sip, a cup of tea can be incredibly relaxing.
  9. Tea is the perfect conversation-starter. Ever say to someone, “Let me put the kettle on and let’s talk”? Sharing a cup of tea is a wonderful—and easy—way to get something off your chest, catch up or simply talk about your day.
  10. Tea is warm and cozy—it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversations and makes memories. In life, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Make tea part of your month and when you do, tell us about it! Join our #TeaProudly community, a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers connected. Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly.

Be social. Share. Sip. Enjoy.

Reflect Back On 2016 With Bigelow Tea

bigelow-tea-journalBefore you go on to make 2017 the *BEST YEAR YET*, hold on just a sec. As we wrap up 2016, let’s take a moment to reflect on the year—the good, the bad, the great, and the fab. Actually, if you’re up for it, why not start a new tradition this New Year’s Eve? Grab some friends or your family members, sit down at the kitchen table with mugs of Bigelow Tea, and look back over the last 12 months. Connect with your loved ones over conversation and create one more special memory for 2016. You’ll be surprised at what you learn—about others and yourself. We’ve even got a list of questions to get you started.

Reflecting on 2016

  1. Describe a day from this year that you could live over and over again.
  2. What was the most important conversation you had this year?
  3. What did you or your family accomplish this year that you are most proud of?
  4. What was your favorite tea flavor?
  5. Share the best piece of advice you received this year.
  6. What was the hardest day of your year?
  7. Did you prefer your tea hot or iced this year?
  8. Choose three words to describe your year.
  9. How would someone at the table describe your year in three words?
  10. What was a lesson you learned this year?
  11. What was your favorite family vacation or place to visit?
  12. What goals did you meet this year?
  13. Where was your favorite place to enjoy a cup of tea?
  14. How was your family supportive this past year?
  15. What was something nice you did for someone?
  16. What was your favorite book to read?
  17. What does your family need to do more of in 2017?
  18. What made you laugh the hardest this year?
  19. What are you most excited about for in the upcoming year?
  20. What did you love most about being in your family this past year?

What other questions will you add to the list? Tell us and share your photos of your “reflection session” by tagging #TeaProudly!

From our family to yours, we hope you have an awesome New Year. Bring it on, 2017!

Spill it to Bigelow Tea: What Makes You #TeaProudly?

bigelow-tea-tea-proudly-mugBigelow Tea lovers, unite! We tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s why we are all about sipping our #TeaProudly. Whether you love your tea most when sharing it with family and friends, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch, or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – the ever-trendy cup of tea brings us together while reminding us of the past. So, sit down with a mug and chit-chat with us in our latest survey.  We’d love to know…

 

Bigelow Tea and Thanksgiving Dinner: Yes, Please!

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We’re always thankful for Bigelow Tea in our mugs all year round. Tea truly transcends the seasons—a steaming cup soothes in cold weather, and a crisp, cool glass is the ultimate way to chill out on hot days. And when the holiday season kicks off, we love our brew even more, if that’s even possible! That’s because there are so many incredibly delicious things to cook that feature some of our favorite tea flavors. If you need ideas to make your Thanksgiving feast stand out this year, we’ve got you covered. Simply turn to tea! From a hot happy hour cocktail to a tantalizing turkey steeped in tea, you can plan every course around seasonal and traditional tea flavors.

We are here to be your one-stop shop for all Thanksgiving recipes with our complete tea-riffic Thanksgiving menu.  It doesn’t get easier (and tastier) than cooking with us! Family+ Friends + Bigelow Tea = a perfect #TeaProudly Thanksgiving! And from our hearts to your mugs, we thank you for being part of our tea squad!

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum

Warm right up on a cool fall day (and kick off Thanksgiving fun) with this festive refreshment!

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Ingredients

  • 6 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
  • 6 cups (48-ounces) hot water
  • Spiced Butter:
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum
  • Whipped cream, optional
  • Extra pumpkin pie spice, optional

*Variations: Try using  Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea   or Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea

Instructions

In large glass bowl, place tea bags; add hot water. Brew for 4 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags. Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute). In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts. Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of spice, if desired.

Miniature Vegetable Quiches

So delicious, you and your guests won’t be able to stop popping them!

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Ingredients

Tea Concentrate:

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
  • ½ cup asparagus tips/ cut into small pieces, ½ – 1 inch
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • ¼ cup tea concentrate
  • Egg Mixture:
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 4-ounces (½ of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
  • Dill, optional garnish

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About ½ cup tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray (spray well or alternatively use paper liners); set aside. In 10-inch non-stick skillet place olive oil. Heat for 1 minute. Add peppers, asparagus, peas, and shallots. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened. Add ¼ cup tea concentrate to vegetable mixture. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the tea is evaporated. Remove from heat; set aside. In large bowl stir together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper. Mix well. In bottom of each prepared mini muffin tin, place about 1 tablespoon vegetable mixture. Top with piece of cream cheese. Fill to top with egg mixture. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until very lightly browned near edges. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Garnish with dill if desired.

Lemon Ginger Sweet Potatoes

We are crazy for the spicy-sweet combo of lemon ginger with the classic Thanksgiving dish of sweet potatoes.

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Ingredients

Instructions

Cover potatoes with oil and roast till fork tender.  Combine sugar, water and tea and bring to a boil.

Add butter and pecans and bring to a boil.  When potatoes are done, peel and slice into 1/2 inch slices.

Shingle into pan and cover with tea mixture.  Bake at 350 till golden brown and bubbly.

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment® Glaze

Ta-da! The main attraction. Your guests will be bowled over!

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Ingredients

Glaze:

Turkey and Gravy:

  • 1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

*Variations: Try using Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea   

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350º. Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea. Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. To prepare turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake turkey in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard any unused glaze. To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with turkey. As a nice alternative, use a 9-11 pound oven stuffer roaster chicken in place of the turkey. For best results, tie the chicken with string at the legs and the wings. For the glaze reduce the number of tea bags from 12 to 8.

Cranberry Apple and Orange Spice Pumpkin Pie

You’re never too full for pie – especially this one!

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Ingredients

Instructions

Heat milk and add tea bags and let steep 15 to 20 minutes.  Meanwhile whisk egg, sugar and salt together.

Add pumpkin puree and blend till smooth.  Slowly stir in tea steeped milk and blend till smooth.

Pour into prepared pie shell and bake till center does not move when lightly shaken.

Pies may take 30 to 40 minutes, shallower squares may take 20 to 30 minutes.

Creamy Custard Rice Pudding made with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea

If gobbling up this entire desert is wrong, we don’t want to be right!

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Ingredients

  • 11 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags
  • ¾ cup raw long grain rice
  • 5 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1-½ tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Handful of raisins

Instructions

Pour 1-½ cups boiling water over 3 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags. Steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags without squeezing. In a saucepan, return tea to boiling. Add rice and stir. Cook over high heat until tea returns to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook rice according to package directions, approximately 20 minutes. In a large saucepan, scald 6 cups milk to which 8 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags have been added. Remove tea bags without squeezing. In a large bowl, beat eggs with fork. Add rice, sugar, salt, raising and vanilla. Gradually add milk and mix well. Pour mixture into 2-½ quart baking dish. Place into larger pan filled with 1 inch boiling water. Bake in 350 degree over for 60 minutes. Remove from oven. Remove skin from top layer of custard and discard. Stir gently to evenly distribute rice. Refrigerate. Serve chilled. Garnish with whipped cream.

#TeaProudly With Bigelow Tea

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We totally get why tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we especially love that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice. And tea is now considered trendy where 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea where 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Just think, millions of us around the U.S., all ages, men and women, share the love of tea in common. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!

And you know how much we love tea at Bigelow. As a proud third generation family run business, our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945 and from that moment on, one tea bag at a time, we have reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredientsand foil pouches for each tea bag so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

But let’s get real, drinking tea is so much more, right? It’s warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. This, we believe, is something to talk about…something to share. As an industry leader, we are taking the very tea movement we inspired in America to the next level. We are building a Tea Proudly community.  #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together. We, and tea lovers across the country,  want to hear from you about why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea.

Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly and let’s share a cup or two together!