My iced tea always gets cloudy. What"s wrong?

— Peggy Gauthier, Portland, ME

Blame the traces of natural oil in the brewed tea. They"ll produce that cloudiness if you haven"t cooled it come room temperature before refrigerating. Though it may not be an extremely attractive, it"s still fine come drink.

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If you"ve refrigerated tea also soon and also it has actually that slightly opaque look, simply pour in part boiling water (one cup per quart of iced tea) and also stir to clean it. Or try this speedier tea-making method, i beg your pardon eliminates the an extensive cooling time: Brew it twin strength (8 tea bags to 4 cup of boiling water) for 5 minutes, and add the same volume of ice cubes (4 cups) come the hot liquid when you eliminate the bags. Stir come melt the ice, and then refrigerate.


Susan WestmorelandCulinary Director, Kitchen Appliances & technology LabSusan Westmoreland is the culinary manager in the Kitchen Appliances & technology Lab at the great Housekeeping Institute.

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