Tea

How To Clean an Electric Kettle — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

These days a lot of my friends are off coffee — or at the very least, they sneak in that one espresso in the morning and then it's all about tea for the rest of the day. And while I grew up boiling water for tea in a measuring cup in the microwave (don't judge!), I know that a far superior way to do it is to use an electric tea kettle. It's amazing how quick they can be!

But after months of use, electric kettles can build up mineral deposits from the water you're using. It's worth taking the time to give it a thorough clean. Of course, you don't want to clean it with anything that's not food-safe or that will be too harsh. Here's how to clean an electric kettle.

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This Organizer Is Essential for Tea Enthusiasts — Amazon Deal of the Day

Attention, tea drinkers! If you collect tea bags the way other people collect, well, anything, you know that there are endless varieties to try. While your mom is an Earl Grey devotee, you like to switch it up. But it's hard to keep track of the multitude of different tea bags you have hanging around your cabinets to satisfy your whims, right?

That's where the YouCopia TeaStand, which is now on sale, comes in.

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The One Thing You Need for Better Iced Tea — Delicious Links

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If you haven't mixed up a pitcher of iced tea yet this summer, I urge you to do so immediately. Cold and refreshing, iced tea is the perfect thing to sip on a warm summer evening. And I've got just the thing to make your next batch the best you've ever made. Can you guess what it is?

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This Green Matcha Sangria Will Blow People’s Minds — Delicious Links

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You've probably had a matcha latte before, and you've also probably (I hope!) had a glass of sangria, but have you ever combined the two? Before you write this unlikely pairing off as too weird, remember that Starbucks recently came out with a matcha lemonade. This cold, refreshing use of matcha for a summertime sipper inspired Shelly Westerhausen, of Vegetarian Ventures, to make matcha sangria. And I'm so glad she did.

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I Finally Found the Perfect Tea Pot — One Good Thing

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For at least a year, I've been on a quest for the perfect tea pot. My efforts, until recently, left me feeling like a medieval knight searching for a mystical grail. And then I had my Goldilocks moment. I finally found the perfect tea pot.

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What I Learned Between My First & Fifth Batches of Kombucha — Tips from The Kitchn

I thought about making my own kombucha for a long time. The thing that finally threw me over the edge was seeing Kitchn's recently published videos for making both a scoby and kombucha. I pored over the written instructions more times than I care to admit, but actually seeing someone go through the steps made it seem easy and gave me that extra bit of confidence I needed.

Nevertheless, I approached my first batch with all the uncertainty (and panic) I'm sure first-time brewers feel: Should those floaty things really be in there? Is that brown splotch okay or is it mold? But five batches later, I'm way more laid-back about brewing kombucha, and I learned a few lessons along the way.

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