Tea Infuser: What Is It?
The tea infuser is a small container which holds hot water and leaves (or any other liquid) to make a brew. The most common type of tea infuser is made from glass or ceramic. Other types include metal, plastic, and even paper cups! They all work the same way; they heat up the liquid inside them until it reaches boiling point.
What’s Wrong With Plastic?
Plastic tea infusers have been known to break, leak, and get clogged with dirt and debris. Some may even explode when heated too much. There have been cases where people have died after drinking contaminated tea. These risks are very real! If you’re going to use a plastic tea infuser, choose one made from food-grade material like glass or ceramic instead.
Why Use Metal?
Metal tea infusers are generally stronger than their plastic counterparts. However, they do require some maintenance. You’ll need to clean out the infuser every once in awhile, especially if you’re using it frequently. Metal tea infusers aren’t as convenient as plastic ones either since you’ll probably want to store your brewed tea somewhere else rather than just pouring it into a cup right away.
How Do I Know Which One To Buy?
We’ve all been there before: trying to choose which brand of tea to buy. The same can be said when buying a tea infuser. There are so many different types of infusers to choose from: metal, ceramic, glass, plastic, paper, and more! Some are decorative while others are practical; some are very cheap while others can cost as much as $20. It can get rather overwhelming when trying to figure out which one to buy.
To minimize the risk of choosing a poor product, try to stick with popular and reputable manufacturers such as Hario, Teavana, and Finum. This isn’t a guarantee that you’ll like the infuser since there are still many different styles to choose from.
You also need to remember that some infusers might not work as well for larger mugs or pots!
Benefits Of Using A Tea Infuser
When it comes to brewing loose-leaf tea, there are several ways to do so. The most common is to place the tea in a cup or teapot and pour freshly boiled water directly over it.
This method is quite easy since all you have to do is wait for the tea to steep before pouring it into a cup.
Other people like to use a tea infuser since it’s convenient and easy to use. They’re also quite practical if you don’t have a teapot or cups since the tea can be placed directly into a mug or pot for steeping.
This also eliminates the need to strain the tea after it has steeped.
Loose-leaf tea can be found at most specialty stores. They come in a variety of flavors such as black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, and more.
While most are healthy alternatives to sodas and energy drinks, be careful about choosing too many fruit-flavored ones since they often contain a lot of sugar.
How To Use A Tea Infuser
Using a tea infuser is rather easy. You’ll first need to find or buy some loose-leaf tea.
Remember that not all tea bags are made the same; most contain lower quality leaves and fillers.
Next, boil some water. Remember that boiling water is required to extract all of the flavor and nutrients found in tea.
Once the water is at a rolling boil, let it simmer for a minute or two before steeping your tea.
While you’re waiting for the water to simmer, take your tea infuser and place it inside your mug, pot, or cup. If you’re using a string or chain to suspend the infuser, be sure to place the infuser into the cup at this time.
After your tea has brewed for the appropriate amount of time, remove the infuser from the liquid and place it in your mug or pot if possible. It’s also possible that you’ll have to strain the tea by pouring it through a strainer so be prepared for this as well.
If you’re using a mug or pot, simply place the infuser inside and allow the tea to steep. Depending on the type of tea, the amount of time steeping should be between 1-5 minutes.
Once done, the tea can be enjoyed as is or added to milk or lemon for taste.
Cleaning Your Tea Infuser
Cleaning your tea infuser should be rather easy. Most quality infusers are dishwasher safe, but it’s better to hand-wash them since high temperatures might cause a change in taste.
Some tea infusers can be placed on the top rack of a dishwasher without any issues, but it’s best to check the owner’s manual just to make sure.
If you’re going to hand-wash your tea infuser, it’s best to use warm soapy water and rinse it well before allowing it to dry. Many tea infusers are made with materials that shouldn’t be exposed to high temperatures or harsh cleaning chemicals.
If in doubt, check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Storing Your Tea Infuser
Most tea infusers can be placed inside a cabinet or drawer since they don’t take up much room. If you prefer, you can hang your tea infuser from a cabinet knob using the chain or string that comes with most of them.
Most owners of tea infusers store them inside a cabinet since they take up little room and they’re out of the way.
If you prefer, you can display your tea infuser on the edge of a shelf or cabinet. Doing this makes it easy to see what kind of infuser you have and makes it easier to fill with water for steeping.
Just remember to be careful when placing or removing the infuser so you don’t accidentally pull it off the shelf or cabinet.
Why A Tea Infuser Is A Great Gift Idea
Finding the right gift can sometimes be a challenge. You want to get someone something they’ll like and will get a lot of use out of.
Keychain tea infusers are an excellent choice for several reasons. Let’s look at a few of them.
Everyone Drinks Tea
Although not everyone drinks coffee, it would seem that way given the popularity of the drink. Still, tea is actually the most popular drink in the world.
Everyone, from young children to your great-grandmother drinks it on a regular basis. There’s very little chance that the person you’re getting a gift for doesn’t like tea.
Tea Is Inexpensive
Once you’ve purchased a tea infuser, you’re set. There’s no expensive equipment to buy or anything like that.
All you have to do is take your infuser, place it in your favorite mug, pot, or cup, add the loose tea of your choice and hot water, and enjoy. If you prefer, you can add milk or sugar to taste. It’s really that simple.
Tea Is A Universal Language
Everyone in the world seems to speak English. While that’s a good thing, it also means that our words and phrases get translated into other languages which sometimes changes their original meanings.
The word “tea” is one of those examples. When we talk about drinking tea, we’re actually referring to the plant and its leaves.
In most Asian countries, “tea” is the term used for drinking the brewed liquid. It’s a completely different word in other places.
For example, in France, they might ask you if you’d like some “the” in your cup rather than asking if you’d like some “tea” in your cup.
Fortunately, the word “tea” has become so universal that when you travel you won’t have much trouble finding what you’re looking for even if the locals give you a strange look.
Tea Is Good For You
OK, so not all types of tea are good for you, but most of them are. Green and white teas are rich in antioxidants.
Most herbal teas have health benefits of some sort. Even black tea has some healthful qualities. Drinking tea can improve your overall health and well-being. That’s a gift that keeps on giving!
You can learn more about which teas are good for you by going to the website:
Why You Should Use A Tea Infuser
Once you start drinking tea, you’ll quickly learn that not all teas should be brewed the same way. While most can be steeped in hot water, this isn’t true for all of them.
Some should be brewed in cold water. Others need to be brewed with the same temperature of water as human blood, otherwise known as “body” temperature, which is about 98 degrees Fahrenheit.
Most of the more complex teas need to be made with boiling water in order to bring out their full flavor. Green tea especially is very delicate and should be brewed with water that is around 175 degrees Fahrenheit in order to release its full flavor.
Pouring boiling water on green tea will cause it to turn bitter as the leaves will scorch and this bitterness will end up in your cup.
This means that you’re going to need to buy a more specialized teapot in order to brew all of these different types of tea properly. While this is certainly true, it doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money on a high quality one.
Instead, you can get by just fine with one of the cheap and readily available tea infusers that look like little baskets.
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