Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sun Tea - For those that can't boil water.

I hate measuring stuff. If you're waitin' on me to measure using anything other than my eyeballs  you're wasting your time.  It's just simply not going to happen. Even if I do measure out a portion, there's still that 'how's it taste' thing to contend with.  In general, if it's good. I'm going to figure people will eat it.. How much they eat depends on how 'good' it is. If it's real good, they eat a lot.  If it's not any good, then there's going to be plenty of leftover for the dogs, cats, and the people at the children's table to eat. That's why I do my best work with recipes like this.  It's tea bags and water in a jug, in the sun. That's pretty much the directions.  But just in case you've never heard of it before, here's how you do it.

So Simple Anybody Can Do It

So simple in fact, that even a Georgia Tech grad can do it.  I've never actually seen it, but I've heard that sun tea has been successfully brewed by actors, investment bankers, and high ranking government officials.  I'd like a picture of that if anybody's got one. Not the tea part... but if them actually doing something worth watching.
     Just a word to the wise though.  If you're going to invite any of them to a Tea Party right now, don't expect them to show up.


  • Some Tea Bags - 4-6 usually, depending on how big they are
  • Some Water - enough to fill your jug to the top (but leave room for the tea bags and sugar)
  • Some Sun - as much as you can find
  • Some sugar - it's optional. Bring what you think you'll need. 
  • Some thirsty people - or just yourself
     So here's my step by step recipe for making great sun tea.
  • Get a gallon jar.  
  • Put some water in it.
  • Put some tea bags in it and put the lid on.
  • Set it in the sun somewhere so that ants can't crawl in it, and birds won't poop on it. 
  • About once an hour... go look at it.  When it gets the color of brown that you like for's done.
  • If it's been a couple of hours, and it still ain't the color of brown you want, and you're really thirsty...
  • Take it out of the sun and take it inside
  • Put some sugar in it.
  • Pour it in some glasses with ice... and drink it. 

Sharing Is Caring     

I put the part about pouring it in glasses because some of ya'll might like to share this delicious beverage with your friends.  If it were up to me, and I didn't think anybody else was going to drink from it... I'd probably just put my head below the little spigot, push the button... and drink it from the jug.
     It's very important that you put the right amount of sugar in it... so be careful with that.  Too much and it's too sweet.  Too little...and people will think your a yankee.

This Is A Very Mellow Tea

     This tea is probably going to taste alot more mellow than what you are used to from using boiling water. The slow brewing of it brings out a different flavor. Also, because you didn't use boiling water, you should refrigerate the tea and drink it up pretty quickly - a day or two. It won't keep as long because boiling the water does some sort of purifying thing to it...and it keeps longer.
    Some people make sun tea with various forms of herbal tea. I don't, at least not in public. I've heard you can put in a few sprigs of fresh mint in it, but somehow I haven't been able to get up enough "want to" to go in to the local herb store and see if they sell 'em.  It was hard enough asking them for bulgur wheat.

About Potato Chip Sandwich

According to some people, men can't tell time, can't follow directions and can't cook. That's simply not true. The owner and author of the site, me..  can cook. This site is simply a way for me to keep up with my recipes without putting it into my other 10 or so blogs. Everything is Google-ized, so it's connected to all my other stuff. I suggests you try the BBQ. This site gets it's name from road trips when I was in my 20's. By the time we would head home...all we could afford was a loaf of bread and some potato chips.

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