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    Default How many times do you use a tea bag?

    Just curious how many times those of you that drink tea will reuse your tea bag. I noticed yesterday that even after a second use my tea was quite strong so I am considering trying it a third time.

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    I rarely drink more than one cup in a sitting but if I do I reuse the bag. If I am making the two cups at once I use the tea bag for both cups.
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    I'll use a teabag for up to 3 cups of hot water. I then consume this all by myself, no sharing. hehehe
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    Once but I use the heck out of it. When I heat up the water, I heat up a lot. Usually I make two stainless steel travel mugs of tea or a pot. The first cup is for hot tea, the rest of iced tea.

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    twice, when at home. if I'm in a restaurant where they bring a bunch of bags, and I paid for tea. Then I'll use each one.
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    Depends on the tea bag. Some of the British teas are quite strong and could be used twice, but American tea bags are smaller and have weaker tea (and since I like it strong) I only use them once. Unless I'm making chai, and then I use 2 bags and make 4 coffee cups worth, and let it stew for hours to get it good and strong.
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    If its a cup definately 3x max. A pot once. If you save it for tomorrow you can drain it and out it in a plastic bag in the fridge.

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    tea bags, once. And even then I find it does not have a real tea flavor. I would love recommendations for brands. I have tried the big 4 (lipton, tetley, red rose, salada).

    Loose tea in a brewing spoon, I will use twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josantoro View Post
    tea bags, once. And even then I find it does not have a real tea flavor. I would love recommendations for brands. I have tried the big 4 (lipton, tetley, red rose, salada).

    Loose tea in a brewing spoon, I will use twice.
    American tea is pretty bad, IMO. Lipton, especially, I don't know *what* they use but it's awful.

    Try Twinings or Bigelow, available in supermarkets everywhere. You can get Taylors of Harrowgate at places like Whole Foods, but other chains might have it. Dilmah is very good, it's sold in my grocery 'health food' aisle. If you have any middle eastern groceries, check them out. There are two brands they commonly sell that are good, but I can't think of the names and haven't got any on hand. Comes in red packaging.
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    I'm a tea snob and only use loose leaf tea, but I do re-steep my leaves, often several times.

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    2 times here except for ice tea then we put in the trash... love rasberry tea and peach tea..yum

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    love trader joes green tea. i make 2 large mugs out of one bag...

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    3 times for my hot tea. Dh makes the ice tea & only uses the bags once. Bigelow is the best tea. JMHO
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    As has been said, there is much variety among tea bags. Some barely make a decent mug, but then, I have a pretty big mug, and a "cup" of tea is usually construed as 6 oz. So I guess I'm sort of using it "twice and a bit" for my 14 oz mug.

    I don't reuse them. I make a cup every morning, but if I make one in the evening, it has to be decaf.

    Another really nice brand that many stores have - I get it at Kroger - is PG Tips. Very flavorful, large bags. Their decaf if also pretty good, if you can find it.
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    I use my tea bags until they won't tea anymore. I get three or four cups out of two Stash brand Earl Grey tea bags. I also drink my tea pretty weak. The herbal tea bags only last for like two cups. Sometimes, I can eek a third out of them. I tend to use two tea bags at a time because my tea cup is so big (32 oz canning jar with a handle).
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