Happy Monday, y’all!
I don’t know what the weather’s been like in your neck of the world, but here in Central Alabama this July has been a HOT one. I’m not a native, but I learned very quickly that one way folks from these parts like to cool off is with a big ol’ jar of sweet tea.
Before moving here, I had never even heard of sweet tea (we had “iced tea” growing up in Minnesota and the stuff I remember (not liking) definitely wasn’t sweet), so today, I thought I’d blog about Kevin’s mom’s easy-peasy method in case someone out there hasn’t ever tried it before now either. Ya never know, right?
Katie starts by boiling half a kettle (or at least 4 cups) of water. Lately, she’s been using her NuWave induction cooktop:
She swears this thing has changed her (cooking) life, and she says she hasn’t used her stovetop since it arrived several months ago. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t even want a stove in the Bungalow Barn. She’s just going to use this “eye” and have a wall oven. The set she purchased actually came with two of these cooktops, but she’s only needed the one so far. Her favorite part is how fast it heats up (it brought the water in the kettle to a full boil in just 5 minutes) and that it’s so compact and portable.
And since we’re on the subject- the only part that gets hot is the part inside the two circles. The outside band remains cool to the touch while things are cooking:
Anywho- back to the sweet tea. After she’s boiled her water, she shuts the eye off and then lowers one family-sized tea bag into the kettle- which she’s had for years and years, by the way. Ever since I’ve known her and long before that, I’m sure. Painted fruit motifs remind me of her wherever I go now. Isn’t it funny how a small household item (especially something from the kitchen) can become a part person like that?
She swirls the bag around in the water a couple of times and then drapes the paper part off to the side so the tea can steep for at least 15 minutes. After that, she puts 3/4 of a cup of sweetener (Stevia, sugar, Splenda- any of them will work) into a 2-quart pitcher. Then, she removes the tea bag from the kettle and pours the hot tea into the pitcher, on top of the sweetener. Last but not least, she fills the remainder of the pitcher with drinking water from her sink and puts the pitcher in the fridge.
Before I left her house the day I snapped those photos, she invited me to sit at the small table in her kitchen so that she could tell me a story about the time she learned how to make sweet tea this way. Click the play button below if you’d like to listen! 🙂
Hope you have a sweet week!