Post # 1
I’ve recently started drinking tea a lot more than usual, and I was wondering if you can reuse the tea bags and, if so, how many cups of tea you can make with them. It seems like such a waste to toss them after one cup of tea!
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
That’s good to know, thank you!
Post # 6
I’ve been drinking yogi teas and some other fruity higher quality teas. I may have to invest in a tea pot for when I’m at home. At work I have a giant mug I take in and refill with hot water from the keurig we have here, so that wouldn’t work.
I’ll remember London Pottery Company. Thanks!
Post # 7
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 # 8
Great, thanks! It looks like I’ll be taking something to work to store my tea bag in while I’m drinking my first cup so I can use it again for my second cup
Post # 9
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 # 11
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 16
So I tried reusing a tea bag today at work and it was a big fail. ): Weak tea is not my cup of tea, if you will. I’m going to invest in a tea pot for at home.