Use a Canning Jar to Easily Steep Your Tea
Recently I’ve started sharing simple ideas I’ve come across in case they can also help you with your day to day life. A couple weeks ago one thing led to another and I had the genius idea to use a canning jar as a teapot. This canning jar was simple to steep, okay to pour from, and made it so much easier to simply toss in the fridge so I could have leftover, iced, tea the next day. I knew I needed to share this with you so I quickly snapped a couple photos along the way!
Several weeks ago I really wanted to make a new batch of tea but the teapot was already filled with an earlier batch. I briefly considered brewing it in my mug with a single infuser but I really wanted to brew more than a single cup at a time so it would be much simpler to pour a second or even third cup without needing to rebrew the tea. Something made me think of my canning jars, which I had bought specifically to store yogurt in and have since gone on to use for so many other things, so I pulled one of them out. These hold about four cups of liquid so I knew I’d be able to get at least two mugs of tea out of it.
I was planning on brewing my tea using a teabag, bought from Teeccino, so I next needed to come up with some way to keep the tag out of the canning jar and yet still make it simple to remove the teabag when done. I realized I could use the outer ring of the canning jar’s lid so I laid the teabag’s string over the edge of the jar’s lip and carefully screwed the outer ring on over top of it. This worked beautifully the second time I tried but the first time I had trouble getting the lid on so I jiggled the lid back and forth and ended up cutting through the string. That said this worked beautifully, with the second attempt, and I was able to brew my tea.
Once the tea was fully brewed I was able to, carefully as it’s hot, twist the outer ring of the lid off. The string from the teabag was bought along with the lid but stayed secured to the jar’s lip when I raised the lid up making it easy to grab the string and pull the bag out of the jar.
The biggest issue with this is how hot the canning jar gets since it’s glass and there’s no handle like with a teapot. I didn’t want to wait to pour my tea so I grabbed a large dry dishcloth and used it to hold the canning jar carefully while I poured. Just remember to grab a dry dishcloth, tea towel, or whatever instead of a wet one as the water in a wet cloth will cause the heat from the tea to reach your hand quicker (link to a physics Stack Exchange explaining the why).
I didn’t wait too long between both mugs of tea so I don’t know how quickly it cools when in a canning jar. That said this method did give me a quick break from the main teapot flavor we were brewing and I was able to easily resume our regular tea afterwards. After having two small mugs of tea I still had some leftover so I screwed both lids back onto the jar and put it in the fridge overnight. The next day it was so simple to grab the jar out of the fridge and pour myself a third mug, this time full of iced tea, with another splash of milk.
A couple days later I had another craving for a dessert tea in the middle of the day so once again I grabbed a canning jar. This time the tea was a loose leaf one so I decided to try this process using one of my extra infusers. It worked almost as good with one small issue. After I had poured my water into the infuser the air inside the canning jar was trapped so the water stopped dripping through and the process was stuck. In fact some of the water started going out the sides and dribbled down the outside of the canning jar instead. To address this I had to wiggle the infuser out of the canning jar and hold it up a bit so the water could dribble into the jar and the displaced air inside the jar could escape through the space around the infuser. Once the canning jar was filled up I put the infuser back in and left it there for the tea’s entire steep time. Once the tea was steeped I removed the infuser and, using a dry dishcloth to help hold the canning jar, poured some along with a splash of milk into my mug, and saved the rest of the tea in the fridge for the next day. Another success!
Do you keep a teapot going during the day? If so what do you use when you want a simple mug or two of a different tea in the middle of the session? Have you ever used a canning jar as a teapot? If not what did you use instead? If so have you found an easier way to pour from a screaming hot canning jar? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. I hope to hear from you and hope your day is going splendidly.
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