Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pinch of Baking Soda Iced Tea

Baking Soda has been on my mind a lot lately. Weird right?! It's true though, Mr.Perfect has been on me to get a few BIG boxes. He says he can raise the alkalinity in the pool by adding baking soda. I say what the heck is alkalinity? He starts spouting off words like bicarbonate and all I hear is, "Bla bla bla, bla bla bla." Of course I forgot to purchase big boxes of baking soda at the store. It wasn't on 'the list' and if it isn't on 'the list' then it won't get gotten. So that brings me to iced tea. You see, baking soda can be used to neutralize the bitter tannins found in tea. So just a pinch of baking soda in a pitcher of iced tea can be magic.
Everyone seems to have their favorite way to make iced tea. I like to pour hot water over a few tea bags and let steep for about 5 minutes. The tea concentrate cools. Next, I pour the tea concentrate into a pitcher with a pinch of baking soda...and by pinch I mean a little less than 1/8 teaspoon. Then I add ice and cool water filling the pitcher.
Give the pinch of baking soda trick a try the next time you brew up a batch of iced tea.

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