herbal heaven with one easy scoop and twist

July 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm 6 comments

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A recent re-jig of my kitchen cupboards revealed several dusty jars of herbal teas.  I once had a tea strainer but that was snaffled by E long ago and my teapot came to a shattering end on my kitchen floor courtesy of a swishing cat tail!  How glad I was when my friends at OXO offered me an Easter present to resolve my herbal tea drinking woes (and how forgiving of my tardy reviewing style they continue to be).
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I can’t believe how much I’ve spent on teabags over the years when I could have been supping from this collection of Tulsi tea and orange, Roobos with cocoa, authentic Jasmine tea from G’s trip to China or calming Lemon balm with rose.
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The result is a little dusty but for the depth of flavour and the greater natural properties of having whole dried fruit leaf it’s worth it.
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To transform your brewing experience tea balls are available from the OXO website. The twisting feature makes filling with a large amount loose leaf tea a breeze.  The long, stainless steel neck accommodates most cups and mugs and could also be used for herbs and spices in recipes.  Soft, comfortable, non-slip grip.  Dishwasher safe and BPA free. What more could you want?Oxo tea ballDisclosure:  I was sent this tea ball to review.  I was not obliged to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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  • 1. TheDigger  |  July 11, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I’ve got tons of lemon balm in my garden, I should have a go at making tea. Did you make all these yourself? Do you have any tips for a tea-making rookie? :)

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    • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  July 11, 2014 at 7:16 am

      I’d love to say I did but sadly no :0( I have lemon verbena leaves from a friends garden and have saved my own mint and rosemary. The only tip I can offer is hanging them to dry for a good while longer than it looks like they might need and more – even the tiniest of moisture is enough to make them go mouldy once sealed in a jar. Enjoy, you can’t beat fresh leaf tea

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  • 3. shaheen  |  July 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Hope your well Nic, its been a long time since I”;ve commented byt I do come by and read x I love herbal teas, but have never got on well with those stainless stell style scoops because of a metallic aftertaste. .

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    • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  July 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      lovely to hear from you Shaheen, funnily enough I’ve not caught up with blogs for a while but had just read your post about strawberry cake :o) I know what you mean about the aftertaste, I have a couple of old style balls that look and smell a bit past it! This has a different finish and I’ve not noticed any metallic taste. Email me if you’d like to try for yourself and I can put you in touch with the lovely team that sent it to me to try

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  • 5. Peggy Murray  |  July 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Hi, I can see how useful that would be even for ordinary tea leaves which I hate floating around my cup if I decide to have a cup of leaf tea.

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  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  July 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    lose leaf tea tastes so much better that’s for sure. When I visited China for work several years ago it was ironic that the 5 star hotel we stayed in prided itself on serving tea western style, using teabags, when every knew that meant it was an inferior dusty blend compared to loose leaf.

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