I’m shopping for a pitcher but not just any pitcher. I want one like this one, my beautiful Pink Depression pitcher with a curled lip that keeps ice cubes inside. My husband drinks his cold tea without ice while I like mine full of ice. This pitcher is not dishwasher safe and cannot be used for the purpose described below. The pitcher I need must be dishwasher safe, although I won’t put it in the dishwasher. I haven’t been able to find a pitcher with both features. I found one at Target that was dishwasher safe but there was no guard to hold back the ice cubes. I found another one, also at Target, that had the curled lip but it wasn’t dishwasher safe. In fact, it had a sticker that said it was not suitable for hot liquid.
I went online browsing for an iced tea pitcher and found that there were many kinds from plastic ones to pitchers designed to brew the tea! All I want is a cheap pitcher with those two characteristics. I don’t like iced tea brewed ahead, cooled, and stored in the fridge. I want my tea freshly brewed and poured over ice. Iced tea served immediately has a wonderful flavor that is different from iced tea that has been cooled and stored. This is my preference.
Here is how I prepare my iced tea (for 2 tall glasses of iced tea):
1) Put about 4-5 ounces of water in cup (not too much water)
2) Heat the cup of water in the microwave to boiling
3) Add 4 tea bags (2 bags for 1 tall glass) (make strong tea)
4) Brew 3-5 minutes
A tall glass should be waiting empty. Do not add ice to the glass until the last moment. Adding the ice to the glass before the hot tea is ready to pour may result in a broken glass. I don’t know if it would break if the glass were chilled ahead; I think it might, so I don’t do it. The ice and hot water going into the glass almost simultaneously should eliminate the danger of breaking the glass. If the glass has been chilled ahead of time I think the glass might break, which is the reason I wait to fill the glass with ice until ready to pour the hot tea into it. I’ve done this hundreds of times and lost one glass over many years. One. Obviously a deficiency in the glass, don’t you think? It is good to do this in the sink just in case a glass would break. Make iced tea this way at your own risk. There is one sure way to prevent breaking glass and that is to wait for the strong tea in the cup to cool. I have never waited for the tea to cool. Tsk. One broken glass over many years. Only one. Not a bad record. I was horrified when it broke, I want you to know. EEK!
5) Fill a tall glass with ice to the brim
6) Immediately pour the hot tea over the ice. Stop pouring if the glass is full. 🙂
7) Allow some of the ice to melt, which takes only moments, before enjoying the tea
8) Drink sparkling iced tea!
I need a pitcher to make enough tea for my husband to have a few glasses and to keep the ice from his falling into his glass. I spill part of his tea trying to remove the ice cubes from his glass. I want to put the ice into the pitcher and pour the hot tea over the ice. I know better than to trust my Pink Depression pitcher that is most assuredly not dishwasher safe. I want a cheap pitcher just in case this method breaks the pitcher. I hope not!