Great care is the price of a really good cup of tea. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind...
- Tea should be kept in a tightly covered tin or jar.
- The teapot, which should be of porcelain or earthenware, should always be scalded before being used.
- Water used in making tea should be freshly boiled. Water boils when the entire surface breaks into bubbles.
- Tea should never be allowed to boil.
- Use the proportion of about one teaspoon of tea to one cup of water, this amount depending upon the kind of tea used and the strength desired.
- All the tea to stand from one to five minutes in a hot place, this time also depending upon the kind of tea used. Five minutes is usually the maximum time, as after that, the injurious qualities are produced (tannic acid).
- A properly prepared brew of tea is never left standing on the leaves, but is strained off into a well-heated teapot or tea-urn.