One of the joys of being in a rented house is that you don’t have to worry about the annual taxes you have to pay. All you need is pay the rent of the house that you are living in and its owner will be the one to settle anything that needs to be done on their side. However, just because it is just a rented house, doesn’t mean that you can’t do something to please your guests. What better way than to serve them tea like it is a Teapartyday!
How to Prepare Tea
It is easy to prepare tea by yourself, but if you want to treat something special, especially with guests, then you want to make the perfect tea.
Don’t worry – making tea is very easy!
Preparing Black Tea
- First you heat water in a tea kettle either on the stove or use an electric kettle. All you need is bring the water to boil. Avoid letting the water continue boiling. This will eliminate the oxygen in the water and will make the tea taste bland. You should also avoid microwaving water as much as possible, but it can also work when you need hot water right away.
- Put a teaspoon filled with loose tea if you only want to prepare for one cup, and one tablespoon if you are to prepare for 6 cups. Place it in a tea sock, infuser or strainer. Be extra careful with over packing the strainer of tea. The leaves need ample space to expand so as to release its flavour. Once this is ready, pour hot water over the leaves.
- Let it steep for 4 minutes and remove the tea leaves. Avoid overstepping the tea leaves as this will leave the tea taste bitter.
Preparing Oolong Tea
The preparation of this tea depends on the kind of oolong you want to prepare. If you choose a greener oolong like the Milk Oolong or Ti Kwan Yin, use an 180 degree temp water and let it steep for 3 minutes. If you prefer darker Oolong like Da Hong Pao or Wuyi, go for a 205 degree temp water and let it steep for 4 minutes. Generally, Oolong teas taste baste when infused between 2 to 3 minutes. You can experiment on which flavour suits your preferences better.
Preparing Green Tea
Prepare a cooler water at 180 degree Fahrenheit and let it steep for three minutes. A water that is too hot will burn out the leaves, making green tea taste really bitter.
There are various ways in preparing white tea. Depending on the brand or where you bought your tea leaves, most of the time they steep the white tea leaves for five minutes on a 180 degree Fahrenheit water. Still, it is up to you to experiment and see which is best suited to your tastes.
Tisanes and Herbal teas
Aside from the tea leaves prepared for tea, there are others that are presented as tea but they are not really true teas. They are just infused very much like tea. For this kind of tea, use hot water and let it steep between 7 to 9 minutes.