Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sun Tea: To Drink or Not to Drink?

Photo Credits: Cozy Ideas 

 Sun Tea: To Drink or Not to Drink? 

Here in South Georgia, the days are getting hotter and the nights are getting cooler. It's February and feels like Summer. So that means that we are all trying to find ways to stay hydrated, cool and happy. I have increased my water intake massively in the past week just because i'm sweating so much between work and just being hot. 

One thing that is quite popular that I am just learning about in the past month is "Sun Tea", some of you may have heard about it before. You basically make the tea outside on a sunny porch or table. But is it healthy? I mean you're not actually boiling the water or anything so is it okay to drink? 

I began doing my research and what I have found is that it is OKAY to drink but you need to be very careful. Like I said, you're not boiling your tea and it's sitting outside. So what should you know? 
Sun Tea can harbor bacteria that can make you sick. The Centers for Disease Control says that using sun rays to make tea can potentially create bacteria growth. Tea steeped on the porch won't get hotter than 130 degrees Fahrenheit which is not nearly hot enough to kill bacteria in the water or on the tea. The water needs to be heated to 195 dgerees for 3-5 minutes. 

But if you're determined to tell everyone that you have tried Sun Tea then here are a few precautions that you should take: 
  • Use a pitcher that has been thoroughly cleaned in warm, soapy water. 
  • Do not leave the tea to brew in the sun for more than 3 or 4 hours. 
  • Do not prepare anymore than what you plan to drink THAT day. 
  • Refrigerate your drink as soon as it's done. 
  • Photo credits:  From moon 2 moon 
  • Throw it out if it looks thick or syrupy. Ropy strands in your tea is bacteria, be sure to check before serving.  

So, in closing I say that you can drink it just be aware of how long it sits out and how it looks. Also, it's best to "sun brew" your tea for 2-3 hours. 

Another thing I'll tell you for some "Food for Thought", tea leaves give off flavor when wet. So, you can also throw some tea bags in a water bottle for a quick Summer drink. (I got that idea from The Pioneer Woman!) The water in the bottle doesn't even have to be hot because the tea gives off flavor no matter what temp the water is. That's when it'd be fun to experiment with some hibiscus tea or peach tea! Once you have the tea the color and flavor you like, sweeten it with some honey then serve with some lemons!  

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