Iced Tea Bags for Loose Leaf Tea
Does anyone know of large tea bags that can be used to brew tea without it opening up? I have a large glass pitcher that I put a few prepackaged tea bags in half full. After 5 minutes or so I fill the rest with room temp water. I would like to start brewing with loose leaf tea, but the paper tea bags I see for sale are not really sealable. And the one heat sealable type for sale needs an iron which I'd rather not use. They also sell a metal mesh ball but it won't fit into the pitcher.
Any ideas? Thanks.
I use the paper filters sold by Upton Tea, and the metal filter-clip they also sell -- fold over the top of the bag & the clip closes it securely, & it also has a convenient hook and chain so you can hang the bag into your pitcher or teapot and retrieve it easily when you're done. Look under Accessories at their website (http://www.uptontea.com/). They sell 2 sizes of bag, & IME the smaller is usually quite big enough.
I use them frequently to cold-brew ice tea in my fridge - approx. 4 tsp. for 2 quarts of cold water, wait for an hour or so.
I use a cone filter like the Melitta ones shown here https://shop.melitta.com/itemdy00.asp... except I but the generic brand. I add the tea in the quantity I want and then sew yes sew the tops closed. I buy bulk Tazo Black tea for iced tea and make up a bunch of bags at a time. Sounds like a pain but it goes fast and is a cheep way to get tea the way you want it. Good luck!
I've used 2 types of bags:
Melitta ones - these are long, with an open top that is meant to hang over the edge of tea pot or cup. These may be the ones you don't like.
Japanese or Korean ones - these have a fold over top, a bit like the fold top sandwich bags. Some Asian groceries and mall stores like Diaso carry them.