How to make solar-tea

by EcoStreet on December 21, 2009

in EcoDIY, EcoFood, Energy Saving

solar tea How to make solar tea

Make your own solar tea

It’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere, the right time of year to cook up a brew of solar tea. Remember, your kettle is one of the biggest energy vampire gadgets you’ve probably got, so change the way you make your tea this summer? You’ve heard of slow food, this is slow tea.

Step 1: You’ll need a big jar or wide mouthed bottle.

Step 2: You can make teas with all sorts of herbs, whatever you have on hand. I used 4 rooibos teabags and 2 springs of fresh mint. Bung them into the jar and fill with cool filtered or tap water.

Step 3: Place the jar in full sun and leave for as many hours as you can wait.

Step 4: Strain and drink warm, or chill for iced tea. Sweeten with honey if desired.

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67 Not Out January 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Arrived here via MyBlogLog.
I’ve never heard of solar-tea before. What a great idea – only problem at the moment is that I live in England and it’s snowing!
I’ll remember this in the summer though.
Mike.
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Chris January 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I like the fact you can pretty much make it how you want it, I’m normally not into what I call ‘fancy tea’ but I’ve been drinking strawberry and mango tea by Twinings recently which is amazing (made with a kettle im afraid, it’s snowing here!). Might try something like this if we can get a summer this year in England :D
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Fair Trade January 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm

EcoStreet’s gone quiet!
I hope is all OK and hope to see normal service again soon…

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Green Job February 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm

That’s a great idea to put the jar in the sunlight to get it filled with sunlight photons and energy.
Will keep that in mind! Thank You!
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vansos February 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

I love Rooibos and sun tea. I usually mix Chamomile and Spearmint with my Rooibos. Steeps by day and knocks me out at night.
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Joseph Condron February 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

That is a great idea for those hot days. It could be especially helpful when you are going on treks or camping. Nice post. Keep up the good work.

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Joseph Condron February 15, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Just a follow-up question. How long does it take for the tea to diffuse? Would two hours on a warm day do the job?
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Tracy Stokes February 19, 2010 at 7:25 am

I usually leave it out all morning, for a nice strong flavour.

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Jennifer of Buy Tea Online May 28, 2010 at 4:49 am

You can also make solar tea or “sun-tea” with loose tea (which in my opinion is much better!

All you need is a LARGE tea-ball (a strainer for loose tea) or a tea pouch (a paper pouch made to hold loose tea!)

You can also make solar tea with loose tea by simply putting the loose tea in the water and then straining it through a fine sifter before serving it.

Enjoy your tea!

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bello July 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

Wow! I haven’t read about this before. Nice! It even looks cool! How long does it take to brew?

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Ekologiset July 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I had to try this one and I loved it.

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Tom Slaiter February 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

That looks amazing, the colour in the picture looks amazing, thanks for the post and eye opener :-)

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