(Closed) NWR: Making Tea with Tea Bags/Reusing Tea Bags

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Do you resuse tea bags?



    I don't drink tea

  • Post # 3
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I personally don’t because I never have more than 1 at a time and I don’t want to somehow try to awkwardly save the wet tea bag. But I know many people do! When I worked in restaurants, we would bring people a cup, a pot of hot water, and one tea bag to use for as many cups as they want. Most people happily re-use them 🙂

    Post # 4
    2353 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Well, depends on the tea. If it’s Lipton, no. The second cup will be an undrinkable, watery grossness. If it’s a good, strong tea, you can get a pretty good second cup out of it. My advice, though, instead of reusing a bag for a second cup, is to get a small teapot and use 1 bag to brew 2 cups at once (or 2 bags to brew 4 orr 5 cups at once, in a larger pot).

    I have a little 2-cup London Pottery Company teapot that I love, and I use one bag for it (steep a little longer than the usual 5 minutes, though).

    Post # 7
    10846 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It depends on the tea, but generally speaking, yes. I just put the tea bag in a bowl and steep it again for my second cup. 

    Post # 9
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Being British, I drink plenty of tea. Back when I was extremely poor I would regularly reuse my tea bags. A lot of my friends did the same, in fact it was common to see a “teabag washing line” in friends kitchens – a piece of string hanging up with teabags pegged to it.

    Tea is not as nice with a reused teabags but it’s acceptable.

    Post # 10
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Double post. Meh.

    Post # 11
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I generally use loose tea but I do sometimes brew a second cup, (or pot) with the same tea.  I only do this if I am having more than one cup in a day.  I don’t brew tea one day and use the same tea the next.

    Post # 12
    1215 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

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    @discodance:  I do the same thing!! I think we both need to get a tea teapot for work. It always tastes gross to reuse the same tea bag.

    Post # 13
    69 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    LOL I was drinking some tea a few minutes ago and as I threw out the bag I thought of this. Then I opened the Boards and what do I see at the very top? This post! WB is reading my mind…

    Post # 14
    121 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    This girl I know once told me how her parents re-use tea bags and call it “jew-tea”… me and the other jews in the room took some offense to that… in my family we kinda pass around a tea bag because we dont like strong tea. shrug.  to each his own?

    Post # 15
    11266 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i agree with a lot of pp.

    it depends on the size of my cup too.  i don’t typically drink tea in a little tea cup and saucer (unless i’m at my mother’s).  i like to make a big cup of tea so that will use 1 bag. 

    sometimes i make a small pot with 1 bag and that will fill 2 medium sized cups.

    i don’t know anyone who saves their teabags for the next day or anything.


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