Boil water in your tea kettle. Filtered water is preferable if available.
While waiting for water to boil, add the appropriate amount of loose leaf tea to your tea infuser. Place the tea infuser inside your teapot or mug. Tip: Double the amount of tea you use when making iced tea
When the water reaches the desired temperature, pour it over the tea infuser into your mug or teapot. This will allow the water to circulate through the leaves.
Time your tea. Once the time is up, dunk the infuser a couple of times to circulate the water. Remove the infuser and set aside for a second steeping.
Serve in your favourite mug, or pour over ice for a satisfying iced tea. Tip: when re-steeping your tea, add another minute to the steep time, this is because the tea needs longer to draw out the flavour.
Here’s a handy guide. Remember it’s a personal choice how strong you like your tea to taste. Herbals, Rooibos & iced take a little more time to infuse compared with leaf teas.
Top Tip: Leaf teas are a brilliant source of minerals for plants & enriching soil so tip them into your plant pots & veggie patches rather than the bin.