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Bigelow Tea Celebrates All Things Green On St. Patrick’s Day

bigelow tea decaf green teaThis St. Patrick’s Day, Bigelow Tea is celebrating all things green and it starts with tea! Kick off the top o’ the morning by brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea Green Tea – from Classic Green Tea to Green Tea with Peach, Bigelow Tea has a variety of flavors for you to choose from. And brewing great green tea doesn’t require the luck of the Irish — be sure to bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form before pouring it over the tea bag for a perfect cuppa!

So, what makes green tea so green (aside from getting into the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day)? Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, the source of all tea leaves. In the case of green tea, though, the leaves are immediately steamed or pan fried to avoid any oxidization. The result is a more delicate tea with lower caffeine content and higher polyphenols that make them popular with the health-conscious.

Why limit yourself to only drinking a great cup of green tea today? You can also prepare a delicious meal enhanced by the flavor of Bigelow Green Tea. For instance, check out the recipe below for Green Tea Ramen Soup; a bit of pasta and a bag of green tea will make your very own pot of gold. Or finish off your meal with Green Tea Cupcakes. Might we recommend decorating with a shamrock or two? However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s the perfect time to make a tip of the hat to the subtle and surprising green tea!

Green Tea Ramen Soup

Ingredients

4 cups water
4 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
1 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 shredded carrots
7 ounces Soba Stir Fry noodles*
¼ cup chopped green onions (white and green parts)
⅛ cup fresh minced cilantro
Optional: dash of hot sauce or Sriracha

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Instructions

Bring water, tea bags, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add in carrots (I like them with crunch, if you prefer softer, throw them in at the beginning of cooking process) and soba noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until noodles have warmed through. Serve with green onions, cilantro and a dash of hot sauce if desired.

*A package of fresh, vacuumed sealed soba stir-fry noodles  (usually found in the Asian food aisle) works great, but refrigerated fresh noodles work, as well.

The Water You Pour Over Your Bigelow Tea Makes A Difference!

water_bigelow teaWhat beautiful alchemy takes place when boiling water and Bigelow Tea meet in your mug! Ah, the aroma! But you might be missing a few steps that ensure that every cup of tea you brew tastes as good as it smells. It turns out the condition of the water poured over your tea makes a big difference.

For starters, please don’t consider re-using the water left in your tea kettle from the last time you brewed. Fresh, cold water is essential to making a great cup of tea. It’s the oxygen in the water that opens up the tea leaf to bring out all that wonderful flavor. So always let the tap water run for 30 seconds before filling the kettle. If you’re using bottled water, give it a good shake to aerate (oxygenate) the water.

And here’s another teapot tip to improve aeration: take the chill off the pot by rinsing it first with hot water. Next, consider the type of tea you’re making to determine how long to leave the kettle on the stove. For black, oolong and herbal teas, it’s best to bring the water to a full, rolling boil. Green and white teas are more delicate, so the ideal time to pour the water is before the boiling point when tiny bubbles just begin to form.

Now the fun part: steep (black tea 2-4 minutes, green tea 1-3 minutes and herbal tea 4 minutes or more) with the mug covered to seal in all the tea goodness, and remember — no squeezing the tea bag! Final step? Inhale deeply and enjoy! As @mik_cm tweeted, the perfect cup of tea is worth waiting for!

Image by Evan Wood via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Is Curious: Do You Know How To Brew A Proper Cuppa?

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Since 1945, Bigelow Tea and its fans have made quite a few cups of tea—and waited patiently for it to thoroughly steep. Just think about how many minutes have been spent steeping tea over the course of 70 years and three generations! A research team from the UK also got to thinking about steeping and brewing … and found out that most people are actually too impatient to wait for their tea!

Yes, Researchers surveyed 1,000 people about their tea-drinking habits and found that only 16% of people let the water brew—or steep—for the recommended time of between two and five minutes.  (Proper steeping time does vary depending on the type of tea; for example, it’s recommended that Bigelow Tea Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics should steep for four minutes). The study also found that nearly half remove the tea bag and leave their tea to cool for five minutes before drinking it.

If you want to be part of that 16%, just take a look at your box of Bigelow Tea! You will find the recommended brew times right on the packaging. You can also check out a video featuring Bigelow Tea’s third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow as she demonstrates how to brew the perfect cup of tea.

If you feel like waiting for your tea to steep is time wasted, just use it as a moment to relax, like @MichellaLee27, who tweeted “Watching tea steep is one of my favorite past times. And current times, actually.” A few minutes can make all the difference for that perfect cuppa tea!

Photo by @youngicedavis via Instagram