Making Great Tea

Often times when people make tea, they tend to make it the wrong way.  Ever notice how some people’s tea is just strong and others are kind of so so?  There are things you want to watch out for when making tea.

– Never ever boil your Tea.  Tea is not meant to be cooked, it’s meant to be Steeped or Brewed.  You’ll want the temperature of your water to be just before the Boiling put.  For me, this is often the number 4 on my stove nob.  Turn it on high, then turn it down once the bubbles start to appear in the bottom of the pot.

– Don’t cook your Tea too long.  A lot of people cook their Tea way too long.  This causes bitterness in the Tea and makes it unbearably strong.  We don’t want this.  We want a full flavored Tea and not have the bitterness.  Set your timer on the stove and turn over the tea bags half way through the cooking time.  I recommend 6-8 minutes.  For a full flavored Tea that’s not overpowering, go for the 6 minute mark.  If you like your Tea a little stronger, go for the 8 minute mark.

– Never add sugar to Cold Tea.  It just doesn’t work.  Maybe a little, but Sugar best dissolves when the water is still warm.  Therefor, you’ll want to add the Sugar to your Tea when the water is still hot.  Right after you take the Tea bags out and turn off the stove.  This ensures that the Sugar gets mixed into the Tea and you get the most out of your sugar.

I like to use 1 Family size Lipton Black Tea bag to make a Gallon and the Tea turns out just fine with this Method.  I also add 1cup of sugar to my Tea, often times, this is plenty for most people.  You can adjust the sugar according to how much Tea you’re making, 1qt, 1/2 gallon, etc.

Keep to these simple tips and you’ll be making great Tea every single time.

Optional: (Lemon or Lime)

Enjoy the “19 New Ways to Enjoy Sweet Tea” article from Southern Living by clicking on the image below.

Sweet Tea

What is your favorite Food?

Everyone has their favorite Food.  What’s yours?  I happen to have a wide variety of food taste.

My food genres include:

Mexican
Italian
French
British
Irish
German
Japanese
Chinese
Korean
Russian
American
Canadian
Dutch
Norwegian
Swiss

I love foods from all over the world.  My philosophy?  “Variety is the Spice of Life.”  Literally.  But what about my all time favorites?

My favorite food of all time has to be Pizza.

Delicious Pizza

As far as Dessert goes?  Cheesecake hands down.

Delicious Cheesecake

There are downsides to having a large amount of food that you like though.  Sometimes, you don’t know what you want to eat.  Ever had that happen?  You’re out and about and it’s lunch time, you happen to be with someone and they ask, “What do you want for lunch?”

It never fails, half the time, you can’t figure out what you want to eat.  So, you settle on the next restaurant that comes by.  Where’s your favorite place to eat?

Green Smoothies – For Those Wanting A New Lifestyle

I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to try out just about anything.  Even Vegetarian and Vegan dishes.  I’m not afraid to take the plunge.  How about you?

Here is a sweet delicious smoothie that you can try at home.  There are many reasons to try a smoothie, most of the reasons are for the health benefits.  The right smoothies can be quite beneficial for you.  Instead of having to take a Supplement, where only 10% of the nutrients actually goes into your system, you can always try this.

If you just can find the right balance of nutrients, fiber, and what ever else your body needs.  Try a Green Smoothie.  You’ll be glad you did.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to end up in the Hospital because I didn’t take care of myself.  This could be a step in the right direction for many people.  What about you?

Do you want to be around for your children?  What about for your grandchildren?  If you do nothing this holiday season, or over the new year, make that resolution to take a plunge.  Take a dive into the world of health.

Have You Been Eating Real Ramen?

Many people have had Ramen Noodles.  You know what I’m talking about, the kind of noodles that you buy in the store.  The instant kind.  I wonder how many people have had real Ramen Noodles.  I know that I haven’t yet and I’m dying to try them.  I’m currently looking for a place in my area to try some.

What are real Ramen Noodles?  Well, they’re not instant that’s for sure.  Real Ramen Noodles are made with a real meat stock, have meat in them (like pork), and have other vegetables in them as well.  If you were to do a Google search for Ramen Noodles, you’d get back a bunch of mixed images, the majority of them looking a little something like this –

Now, there is nothing wrong with this kind of Ramen of course, especially if you’re on a budget.  I’ve eaten this brand of Ramen on numerous occasion and still do from time to time.  I’m just curious as to how the Real Ramen Noodles of Japan and the like areas taste.  I hope that one of the Japanese Steak Houses around here will have the Real Deal.  What do real Ramen Noodles look like?  Here is an example –