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Pomegranate green tea

Dave and I used to make unsweetened, decaffeinated iced tea in a big plastic pitcher to keep in the refrigerator.  We made it using kind of a sun tea approach.  Basically, I would drop about five tea bags into the pitcher, run the hot water to fill it up, and put the whole thing into the refrigerator to finish steeping and cool off. 

But then came all of the talk about the dangers of BPA and I began to eye that pitcher and wonder if our attempt at avoiding soft drinks was actually creating more of a problem for our health.

In September, I shared our new solution with you here.  I have been making iced tea concentrates in mason jars stored in the fridge.  One of my favorites at that time was a tea flavored naturally with peaches.  Obviously now, as the winter drones on, peaches are out of the question.

Here is my new iced tea favorite. Pomegranate Green Tea.  Simmer four or five green tea bags in several cups of water until you have achieved a rich amber color.  When the concentrated tea cools, pour it into a quart-sized mason jar.  You should fill the jar about halfway or more.  If not, add a little water to reach the halfway mark.  Then fill the jar the rest of the way with pomegranate juice.  Antioxidant heaven!

I don’t sweeten, but you could very easily with some agave, simple syrup, stevia, or honey.

To drink, pour a few ounces (a quarter to a half a cup) of the concentrate into a glass and fill to the rim with water.  In the winter, I leave out the ice. 

This post is part of Steady Mom’s 30 Minute Blogging Challenge.  If you are a blogger, why don’t you give her Tuesday carnival a try?  It is a great way to get a midweek post up without ignoring your other responsibilities… for more than 30 minutes anyway.  This post, start to finish? 23 minutes!

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This is awesome! And thanks for the link to your original post about making iced tea. I love the idea of keeping a concentrate in the fridge.I will definitely be trying this soon! =)

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

oooh, that looks SO refreshing!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheidi @ wonder woman wannabe

Thanks for your comments on my post. I like the look of your blog and I will have to spend some time looking around. I think I am stillin the transition phase of working part time - I have days which are great and days where I am left frustrated. I do try and keep my boy at the top of my mind though and dislike staying late immensely.I am learning to let go and find peace in just being there and enjoying what I do. I need to learn more patience.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndj

hey...look at me linking my comment to my blog! i think i might be getting the hang of this...thanks to all of your tips!

now about that tea... this is such a great idea. i know you're suppose to drink a ton of water in a day...which i don't 'cause water is boring... so i usually spike my water with a little juice.... but this sounds even better! i will have to give it a try. i don't know much about tea though... is there something about green tea that is better for you? or is it just a flavor thing?

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMowery Marsh Architect

Yes! Look at you, Jen! I hope some people will be intrigued and follow your link to your wonderful blog!

All tea has a ton of antioxidants. Green tea in particular has polyphenol, the same substance in red wine that been linked to lowering heart disease risk and cancer risk. Green tea is said to boost metabolism. It is an anti-inflammatory and can help boost the immune system.

Green tea does have caffeine, however. You can get decaf if that is an issue.

February 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterEmily

This looks so delicious! I've been thinking a lot about plastic lately too. I'm slowly getting rid of it and adding glass storage containers but I haven't got rid of the plastic pitcher yet. I love the mason jar idea. Thanks for sharing.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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