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How to make sweet tea using a coffee maker

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Sweet tea is a invigorating drink to sip on no matter the time of day. Having it on hand when you are thirsty, means being able to make it quickly. It also helps that it is an economical way of saving money and staying hydrated without all of the extras in soda's such as, the extra money being spent (soda's vs. a gallon of tea) and the extra additives that the soda's are made with. Let's not forget that certain teas have benefits that can actually do your body right.
iVillage.com states, "Tea doesn't have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week," ("Today.com," 2005, para. 2). This is wonderful to know that it also helps you lose weight and increases your metabolism, providing you don't over do the flavoring of sweeteners.
Now knowing that it's good for you need to make sure you always have a glass or two ready to drink up when you are looking for something to quince your thirst. It isn't really all that hard to make sweet tea, especially if you are using a coffee maker. You just need to know how to do it and with the right steps it will become quick and easy to do. The last thing to remember, is to enjoying your appealing sweet tea at anytime during the day or night knowing that it is something you made with a hint of sweet health.

Reference: Top 10 health benefits of drinking tea. (2005). Retrieved from http://www.today.com/health/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea-2D12052713

Fresh water in coffee pot
Fresh water in coffee pot Georgina Jones

Fresh water in coffee pot

Fill pot with cool water up to the water line on the pot. Do not recommend over filling past the line. This can cause the tea to overflow when being brewed.

Adding water to coffee maker
Adding water to coffee maker Georgina Jones

Adding water to coffee maker

After filling the pot up with water, carefully pour into the top of the coffee maker. Most makers have a overflow hole near the top, so be easy with pouring to not over fill. 

Adding tea bags
Adding tea bags Georgina Jones

Adding tea bags

Use your own preference of what kind of tea you like. There are many to chose from; decaffeinate, caffeinated, lemon, mint, and they even have specialties such as, black, sugar cookie, strawberry, etc... 

Bags of tea goes into the filter of the maker.
Bags of tea goes into the filter of the maker. Georgina Jones

Bags of tea goes into the filter of the maker.

After picking out the brand and flavor you like, simply place them into the maker with the tags hanging over the maker (to keep those out of the water mixing with the tea bags). 

Fresh brewed tea
Fresh brewed tea Georgina Jones

Fresh brewed tea

Turn the coffee maker to the on position and sit back and let the maker do its work. When the tea is finished brewing, turn off the maker and pour the tea into the tea gallon container. 

1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups of sugar Georgina Jones

1 1/2 cups of sugar

Measure out one and a half cups of sugar and pour into the tea container. This will make the tea sweet and desirable. Make sure you put the sugar in before adding the hot tea. This will aid in mixing of the tea and sugar. 

Pour the brewed tea into pitcher.
Pour the brewed tea into pitcher. Georgina Jones

Pour the brewed tea into pitcher.

Now pour the hot brewed tea into the pitcher. Use the 'gentle pouring' method when doing this, if you do not you can end up making a mess or worse scalding yourself. 

Same method as before
Same method as before Georgina Jones

Same method as before

You will see that only one pot of brewed tea isn't enough for a gallon, so you will need to start over (but not completely). You will pour fresh water into pot, measure it out, and then pour into the maker. You already have tea bags still loaded, so just turn the maker back on and continue with the last pour. You do not need to add anymore sugar. 

Finished sweet tea
Finished sweet tea Georgina Jones

Finished sweet tea

Now you need to use a large spoon and stir the tea to make sure all is mixed and place into refrigerator. Although you can drink the tea hot, I personally like cold sweet tea. 

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