Iced Tea: Fresh, Quick and All in Pictures

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An easy, energy efficient way to brew tea in your kitchen.

All right! The temperature’s finally changing from cool to warm, so how ‘bout we take tea from hot to cold as easily as possible? What you’ll see here is the fastest and easiest way I know to make fresh and flavorful iced tea. The key is warming the water only enough to get the tea bags to steep effectively and then getting the tea in the refrigerator to cool as quickly as possible.

Regarding flavor, though you’ll see four tea bags of the same flavor in the pictures below, you can add variety by mixing different flavored teas. I do that more often than not.

Preparation Time: 7-10 minutes plus cooling time

(to make 2 quarts)

4 Tea Bags
2 Quarts (64 Ounces) Cold Water
2-Quart Pot
2-Quart Jar with Top
1. Put 4 tea bags in a 2-quart pot. I remove the string and paper tab from the tea bag making sure not to remove the staple or tie used to keep the tea bag closed as shown in the lower right picture.

Screen Shot Iced Tea 1

2. Fill the pot mostly full with cold water. Put the pot on the stove,…

Screen Shot Iced Tea 2

…turn on the burner to HIGH heat, and set a timer for 3 minutes.

Screen Shot Iced Tea 3

3. When the timer sounds, turn off the stove and set a timer for 5 minutes to allow the tea bags to steep.

Screen Shot Iced Tea 4

4. When the timer sounds again, remove the tea bags from the warm water, and pour the warm tea into a 2-quart jar. NOTE: If the tea is uncomfortably warm to handle, let it cool until it feels both safe to handle and safe to pour into a jar without causing the jar to break from a quick change in temperature.

Screen Shot Iced Tea 5

5. Cover the jar with a top, and put the jar in the refrigerator.

Screen Shot Iced Tea 6

6. To serve, fill a glass with ice and add the fresh cooled tea.

Screen Shot Iced Tea 7

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About Bruce Tretter

Bruce Tretter helps people feel comfortable making practical, flavorful and quick & easy meals for themselves---even if they’ve never boiled water---through Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook step-by-step picture book and short video directions. He’s a father of 3, Former Naval Intelligence Officer, current school board member, and avid cyclist.


  1. Hurrah! Will be trying this at home

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