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The Benefits of Solar Iced Tea Pitcher

Today more than ever, it is important to use renewable sources of energy such as solar power whenever we can. This might seem like a difficult task, b...

 

Today more than ever, it is important to use renewable sources of energy such as solar power whenever we can. This might seem like a difficult task, but it is not impossible. The whole planet will be better off if we do even the little that we can. If you like iced tea, for example, and want to ease your impact on the planet, then go solar! Instead of boiling water on your electric or gas stove to brew tea for your iced tea, use a solar iced tea pitcher instead.

The Wait is Worth It

The one disadvantage of using a solar iced tea pitcher instead of a kettle is that it takes a lot longer to make your iced tea. However, you can address this issue by planning ahead of time. What you can do is to make every other jug of iced tea with a solar iced tea pitcher so that you will always have iced tea on hand. Once you get the rhythm of making tea in sun tea jars, then you can switch more to solar resources for making tea.

This process works best when the sun is strong, which for most people is only during the summer and early autumn. Before you leave for work in the morning, fill the solar iced tea pitcher with tea bags and cold water then place it out on a porch or window sill where it gets the most of the sun’s blast during the day. Assuming you are away at least eight hours for work, the tea should be brewed by the time you get home from work. Then, you place the iced tea pitcher in the fridge overnight to chill. Best to serve over ice.

Where to Find

Solar iced tea pitchers or sun tea jars are easy to find in any department stores, house ware shops and even in major supermarket chains especially in the springtime. They can either be made of plastic or glass. Some people may be sensitive to the taste of plastic and prefer glass iced tea pitchers. Because glass sun tea jars are more attractive and sturdy, the are usually more expensive and heavier than the ones made of plastic. Solar iced tea pitchers are usually clear with very minimal designs on them. Avoid picking something that has design all over it. The sun needs to get through, which happens more often with clear plastic or glass.

Solar iced tea pitcher sometimes comes in tea making sets found in supermarkets and even online. If they are not in with glassware or cooking equipment, you can also find them in the patio furniture section of a department store.