Homemade Sweet Tea in summer is a delight but if you forget to do it in time or you think you have a jug in the fridge and company shows up and you reach for it, only to see that its been mostly drunk already..
Dang, if you start new, you know the issue.. that Sweet Tea either is sun tea which takes time or it starts out hot.. That is where putting up some Sweet Tea into your canning jars can be a awesome thing indeed.
Tea is a low ph, so you either need to add the sugar and lemon to make it safe to water bath can or you are going to need to pressure can it.
Sweet Tea Concentrate
- 20 cups of water
- 7 to 10 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of lemon juice
- 15 tea bags of your choice.
This is such a simple recipe.. measure out your water bring it to a boil, then add your tea bags, let it simmer for five min and then take off heat and steep 20 to 40 min. Strain out the tea bags (I find they often break and I need to strain the whole pot though one of my linen cloths, if yours stays together better, good for you.. if in doubt, wrap the tea bags in cheese cloth)
Bring the tea back up to a simmer-boil and add your sugar an lemon juice, stir till the sugar melts and then jar up into pints and water bath process for 15 min.
Hubby likes his strong and so he drinks it at 2 to 1, I personally like it less strong and I love it at a 3 to 1. Just crack a jar, pour into your jug and add your cold water and ice and stir and go!
Its worth putting up a batch to have on hand, I still make my regular sweet tea for the fridge but to be able to grab a jar to pack for a picnic or for when friends show up..
PS, add a little kick to this mix and wow does it make really good hard ice tea 🙂