Perfect Tea

Notes: Taste the tea as it steeps, and remove leaves when the liquid tastes good to you, usually in 3 to 5 minutes--after 5 minutes tannins get bitter. For stronger tea use more leaves. To contain leaves for easy removal, place them in a tea ball or infuser (a metal basket or cloth bag) that allows plenty of room for leaf expansion. Or place loose leaves in a teapot; when the tea is ready, pour all of it through a fine strainer into cups or another heated pot.

Yield: Makes 1 or more cups
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 2.4
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Protein: 0.0g
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 0.7g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 7.1mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black tea leaves


  1. Pour hot water into teapot and let stand until pot is warm to touch.
  2. For each 1 cup (8 oz.) of tea, place 1 1/2 teaspoons black tea leaves in a tea ball or infuser, filling it no more than half full. Drain teapot and put tea leaves in it. For each 1 1/2 teaspoons leaves, add 1 cup boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 to 5 minutes. Swirl tea ball through tea and lift out. Pour tea into cups and add milk, lemon, and/or sugar to taste.
  3. Nutritional analysis per cup.
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