herbal heaven with one easy scoop and twist

July 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm 6 comments

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).
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.
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.
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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6 Comments Add your own

  • 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? 🙂

    • 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

  • 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. .

    • 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

  • 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.

  • 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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