It’s no secret that I’m a coffee snob. I love coffee. I dream of coffee. Coffee makes my world go round. But, I may have given the impression that I drink pots and pots of liquid gold per day.
I have, all in all, about 1 cup of coffee each day. Usually half in the early start-up of the morning and the other half mid-morning. The rest of the day I drink tea. Ginger tea is my favorite but many times a week you’ll see me pull out my loose-leaf tea collection and make up a cup of traditional tea. And I’m a Chocolate Chai Tea latte lover all the way to my bones!
I don’t own a tea-strainer, at all. Nor do I buy tea bags. I make my own tea bags from either coffee filters (the tutorial for DIY tea bags from coffee filter) or from muslin/cheesecloth, which I’ll show you today. I find DIY tea bags easy and fast to make, good to the earth, and inexpensive.
- Cheesecloth or muslin (Easy to find in your kitchen department. Usually near the gadgets.)
- Bakers twine (Easy to find in your kitchen department. Usually near canning supplies and/or cupcake liners)
Simply cut your muslin into squares about 4 inch by 4 inch. Use double pieces if working with an extra fine tea blend. Cut larger squares if making large batches (such as for tea concentrate or cold-brew iced tea).Scoop your loose-leaf tea on to the cheesecloth square. Most tea is about 1 tablespoon per cup but tea drinkers often have their own preference. Use what you like!