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Essential Tea Equipment/April Surprises

Dear Tea Lovers,

This is the 3rd week special in our April Surprises month. This week’s special is: 15% off of tea accessories including: tea socks, tea pockets, the perfect one cup measuring spoon, the perfect one pot measuring spoon, the perfect cup and pot of tea spoon, one cup filters, t-sacs and tea strainers. This sale is valid through April 24th, on-line only and limited to stock on hand. Check out our information at the bottom of this page to learn about essential equipment for tea.

Updates:

  • The new cookbooks arrive tomorrow, so if you pre-ordered your cookbook, it should be shipped sometime this week.
  • Free Shipping until April 30th on orders of $20.00 or more.
  • Selected Tea Accessories 15% off through April 24th.
  • Master Tea Room Recipes on sale $49.95, regular price $65.00
  • May 1st Hosting brunches, Tea Buffets and Large Tea Parties 11:00AM at The Antique Trove
  • If someone you know isn’t getting this email and should be, please ask  them to check their spam folder.  ATT, Yahoo and SBC Global seem to be sporadically blocking my e-mails as spam. Thanks!

Have a great week!

Amy

Essential Equipment/Tea Accoutrements

When you’re having a tea party the right equipment can make all the difference.  Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

1. A tea kettle or glass container – When making tea you really only need a few essential pieces of equipment. You need something to boil the water in.  This can be the traditional tea kettle or electric kettle or you can even use a glass container and heat the water in the microwave.  The tea kettle is best, but if you are in an office setting, the microwave will do.

2. Infusers – Next you will need a tea infuser of some kind.  The tea sock is a great one when you are having large parties.  It allows ample room for the loose tea to expand and release its entire flavor.  The sock works well for both a cup of tea and a pot of tea.  You can even hang several of them in a large pot on the stove to make a huge batch of tea.  Tea balls, pincher type mesh strainers, paper filters, stainless steel infuser baskets will all work for a cup of tea and depending on the size may work for a pot of tea. There are also individual strainers for you to pour your tea through to your cup as you drink.  Personally those are not my favorite as the rest of the tea steeps while you drink your cup and by the time you finish your pot, the tea tastes bitter.

Tea Pockets are one of my favorite ways to infuse tea.  I personally love to take these when I travel.  I make up a few bags ahead of time and just pop them in my purse and ask for hot water at a restaurant.

T-Sacs are very easy to use too.  You can hang them over the side of a cup.  The ones for iced tea are great!

3. Tea Cup – You need something in which to brew the tea. This may be a cup, mug, or tea pot.

4. Timer – It’s important to time the tea.  If tea is oversteeped it will become bitter.

Additional helpful equipment:

Measuring Spoon – For measuring the loose tea, use a teaspoon or tablespoon. You can buy tea measuring spoons for this specific purpose.  Some of us however, do not need a spoon and when you feel experienced you can even “pinch” out the right amount of tea with your fingers.

Tea cozy or tea warmer
– For me, a tea cozy is essential as I do not like to drink cold tea. It’s amazing how fast the tea cools without something around the pot or a tea light underneath.

Electric coffee urn – For large parties, an electric stainless steel coffee urn works well. Make sure it has not been previously used for coffee as it will affect the taste of the tea. Take out the percolator filter. Place water in the urn, turn it on and wait until it’s finished. Then place your cup or pot under the urn and dispense hot water into your infuser into the cup/pot.  The water is not quite hot enough, but it will definitely do for large parties.

Sugar Tongs
Sugar Bowl
Small Milk Pitcher
Teaspoons – for stirring tea

Not Needed But Fun Accoutrements and Added Touches:

There are so many unique accessories you can use.  The list is endless and full of possibilities. Use your imagination and have fun! These are a few of my favorites.

Lemon squeezer – This is for adding lemon to your tea. Place a wedge of lemon inside and squeeze. They come in a variety of forms. My favorite is the lemon bird.

Decorated sugar – This adds a special touch to your party.  They come in all colors and shapes. I love to coordinate them with the season – roses and hearts for Valentine’s Day, shamrocks for a St. Patrick’s Day holly and berries for the holiday season. I love to put a few special ones on top of the regular white sugar cubes in the sugar bowl.  This way you don’t use too many and they really stand out against the white sugar cubes.

Lace doilies – To cover the milk pitcher. You can even decorate them with beads to help weigh down the cover.