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Sep 12, 2006 06:33 PM

ISO Type of Glass Container in SF Bay Area

I've been searching in local stores for the longest time without sucess, so I figured maybe Chowhound might have the answer. My mother loves to boil teas on weekends and refrigerate them for consumption during the week. In the past, she's been using old Horlicks glass jars to store the hot liquid fresh off the stove, then when cooled cap the jars and stuff them in the fridge. But as it is becoming more and more difficult for her to handle the heavy glass jars whether hot or cooled (one full one actually slipped out of her grasp several months back and made a mess) I have been trying to find a better way for her to store her tea. I've looked at pitcher after pitcher, jug after jug, and jar after jar to no avail.

Ideally, she wants a pitcher type of container so she has a handle to grasp. It must hold up well to boiling hot tea as well as to refrigeration. It also needs to seal/cap well (so no spilling). And hopefully it will be light enough for her to use without much difficulty.

I've brought her to the Container Store in Downtown SF, as well as various other kitchen/cookware stores, but we have yet to find what we are looking for. Any Chowhounds have suggestions?


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  1. This Bodum pitcher might help. It's not glass which is heavy and can break. It's a durable, lightweight, transparent plastic. I use mine all the time...I make the hot tea in it. Let it cool. Refrigerate.

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    1. re: fauchon

      Its closer to what we are looking for, but actually Mom brews tea from a tree bark from Central America... so we need something that can withstand being filled with a fresh batch of boiling liquid transferred from the stove.

      1. re: S U

        I use boiling water to make my tea in the Bodum & have done this for several far, no problem at all. HTH

        1. re: S U

          I also have this Bodum iced tea pitcher. There is NO problem with pouring boiling water straight into it - in fact, that is exactly what it is designed for. If you look at the design in the picture in the Amazon link, you'll get a better feel for it. There is a removable strainer that slips in one end of the oval pitcher, which you can simply leave out if that's unimportant to you (it was a big selling point for me, as it makes it easier to brew iced tea using loose leaves). The idea is that you put your tea leaves in the strainer, pour boiling water in the pitcher, and eventually it goes in the fridge. It holds a quart, and the lid doesn't lock down, but it is attached (flips up), and I haven't had problems with it spilling when pulling it full from the fridge, despite not having much strength myself. I've used for several years, and like fauchon, had no problems, either with the boiling water or with its durability. If your mom likes to have lots of her tea on hand in the fridge at once, you could get two.

      2. What you need is some pro kitchen equipment. Buy her some Cambro containers.
        You can buy them at City Discount on Polk Street (cross street is Sacramento).
        You can pour boiling liquid into those things and they can take it. Believe me, I've used these things for hot stock, batches of tea, sauces, soups, etc. (Plus they're lightweight, plastic-like material, resist staining, have lids, handles and come in many different sizes!)

        1. I think you're going to have to go with plastic. Durable tempered glass and "light weight" just don't go together, and half a gallon of water already weighs 4 pounds. Finding something like this with a really tight sealing lid (like a jar) is going to take a little work though, I think. You might try a restaurant supply place - they often have things that don't really have home-kitchen equivalents. Something like what you want might be used in a bar, maybe?

          Polycarbonate is definitely the material to look for, though. It's less brittle than the more common acrylic and a more heat resistant than a polypropylene type plastic. Even if it's not something specifically designed for 180-190F ish water (what you're really talking by the time it's filled the container, not 212F), the polycarbonate should take it just fine.

          1. I guess I should have been more detailed in how my Mom makes her tea... she boils the tree bark for 10 minutes on the stove, then lets it sit for 20, and then she can pour it into containers for storage. So containers w/ built in brew capabilities probably would not work for her. Thanks for everybody's input. I will look into Reagan B's suggestion; maybe they will have what we are looking for.

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            1. re: S U

              Let me know how it turns out. I can't say enough good stuff about those things!