Make Your Own Tea Bags

Check out this simple guide to homemade tea bags — plus a couple recipes to get started.

By Ashton Keefe

A cup of tea can sometimes cost the same as coffee in local shops, cafes and restaurants, but tea is simply herbs and hot water. Tea bags alone can hike up a grocery store visit, but fear not! Here’s a simple guide to crafting your own versions with a couple recipes to get started.

What You’ll Need
Coffee filter
15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) of tea
* The bags can also be sewn shut by stitching the edges with a piece of thread.

1. Cut frilly edges off one coffee filter
2. Trim circle that remains into a square
3. Fold square in half
4. Staple or sew the sides leaving one edge open
5. Insert tea
6. Seal with another couple staples

Tip: Make a quick tea diffuser if you’re short on time. Place loose tea in the centre of a coffee filter, and secure the filter edges around the cup with twine or ribbon.

Batch Tip: To make a large quantity of hot tea, simply brew loose tea in a coffee maker like you would with coffee.

Once you’ve got the hang of making your own tea bags, feel free to get creative — you might even come up with a special blend yourself! Try one of these out for starters:

Ginger Tea

Ingredients (Makes a cup)
15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) fresh ginger, peeled
1 1/2 inches orange peel
1 pinch of turmeric

1. Place ingredients in a homemade tea bag, then steep in hot water until desired strength is achieved.

Spiced Tea

Ingredients (Makes a cup)
1 nutmeg bulb
2 whole cloves
5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) of honey
1 cinnamon stick (for garnish)

1. Place nutmeg and cloves in a homemade tea bag, then steep in hot water and honey until desired strength is achieved
2. Garnish with a cinnamon stick

What kind of tea are you planning to make? Or are you already a tea fanatic and making it already? Either way, let us know in the comments section below!

Ashton Keefe is the owner/executive chef of Ashton Keefe LLC Culinary Lifestyle Services, in New York City and a frequent recipe contributor and tester for O Magazine , Whole Foods Market Cooking and Everyday with Rachael Ray. Find her at her site Ashton Keefe.


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