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my iced tea is cloudy

What's your recipe? What brand do you love? Black, green, or ???

AND, How do you keep it from becoming cloudy?

I like to have iced tea (black) in the fridge, especially during summer time. I usually by Lipton or Luzianne family size. Boil 4 c water steep 4 bags for 15 min. Allow to cool before adding 4 c water. I've read and tried adding 1/8 t baking soda. Sometimes it's cloudy and sometimes it's not. The cloudiness doesn't seem to affect the taste, but it's just not pleasant. Any advise would be appreciated.

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  1. Try making sun tea.

    3 to 6 tea bags in a two quart jar. fill with water, put a lid on, and let it sit in the sun a few hours.

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    1. re: hannaone

      My lovely stepmom used to make sun tea. Are the bags you use regular or family size? Do you use a specific brand?

      1. re: pagesinthesun

        Standard size tea bags.
        I started with Lipton, but now use Korean herbal or green tea blends.

    2. Someone, perhaps Alton Brown, offered a recipe that I've used for years-- never actually let the water boil. This was reinforced in tea-making by nearly a decade in Beijing.
      Since I used to have a microwave with a temperature probe, I could get 188F degrees perfectly and consistently.
      Heat to 188F 2 quarts of water that starts cold/cool.
      Add tea bags/ball as soon as it checks to 185 twice after stirring.
      Let steep as usual.
      All tea, no clouds.

      1. I believe refrigerating it makes it cloudy; I just leave mine in a glass pitcher on the counter and when I want some, put ice cubes in a glass and pour the tea in. It stays just fine on the counter for 2-3 days, easy.

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        1. You're steeping it longer than I do. My iced tea usually isn't cloudy.

          I use 4 bags of Trader Joe's English Breakfast per half-gallon of nearly, but not quite boiling water. which I steep for five minutes. I don't add water after removing the tea bags. I put all 8 cups in at once.

          I keep mine in the fridge.

          1. Iced tea junkies all summer long, we are big fans of a no boil, steep on our counter approach that is clean tasting and never cloudy. Half gallon glass containers, Brita filtered water, six Lipton tea bags (for us as we often add ice when serving).

            Load it up at 7 am, ready for removing tea bags (don't squeeze them) at 5 pm and popping it into the fridge. We rotate two and sometimes three containers so one is always cold and ready for drinking while one is always prepping. Three containers during weekends. Former sun tea addicts without the extra trips outside.

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            1. re: ThanksVille

              I'm liking this method. Today is my second day in a row to start a pitcher. The first one is already gone! It's easy and best of all NOT cloudy!!

              Do you use regular size tea bags or the family size? I'm going to keep my eye out and try the Red Rose brand, too, Candy.

              Thanks, ThanksV