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Excellent tea brewing does not only relates to coming up with a tasty drink. It is more about how healthy and safe the tea is to gulp down the throat.  In the contemporary world, different tea processing companies have devised various methods of creating disposable tea bags out of the loose leaves. Not only are these types of tea convenient to use but also timesaving. However, with debates on whether the processed foods are harmful or good for human health hitting the mainstream media, it is better to look at the old-golden brewing methods.

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Tea strainers History

Tea strainers are not new under the sun. They have an intriguing history that dates back to China’s Tang Dynasty. Early records show that the first batches of tea strainers were exclusively made with bamboo. According to the book “Classic of tea”, the strainers were mainly used by monks to remove small living organisms such as bugs from water.

As time passed by, the use of tea for refreshments streamed across different cultural divides.  Due to factors such as trade, the Dutch merchants that traded different materials between Britain and China were exposed to the art of tea.  During the 17th century, they played a significant role in exposing the tea culture to the British royals. Not so long, the art of tea spread like a wild inferno, thereby, reaching the western parts of the world. Unlike the Chinese monks, the Dutch merchants started to use tea strainers for removal of stray tea leaves from their teas. 

However, even though Dutch merchants interacted with both the Chinese and the British clienteles, only the British adopted the new role of the strainer. One of the reasons for this was the varying grades of tea leaves. The British planted and brewed tea species with fine black leaves. Unlike the Chinese leaves, the British could not expand much during brewing. Without a strainer or infuser, you could end up with a cup or pitcher full of stray leaves.

During the Victorian era, the British came up with a strainer basket similar to those that are used in some tea parlours today. To use the basket, you had to sit on top of the cup or the pitcher during decanting. 

With time, there came the mote spoon. These items featured long handles and spoon-like head that is perforated. To use a mote spoon, all you need is to deep and search the individual tea leaves from the brewing pot. 

The 19th century came with its innovations. The strainers were modified in both materiality and design. At the centre of these innovations were the stainless steel strainers and infuser. Not only were the new inventions more convenient but also economically flexible. 

 

Types of tea strainers

Contemporarily, there are many types of strainers in the market. Depending on the materiality, strainers come in the form of:

1. Plastic Tea Strainer

These are the most common type of strainers. They feature plastic handles and plastic gauge. The only downside of the plastic strainers is that they melt when exposed to strong heat. Otherwise, though not 100% healthy, plastic strainers have outstanding value for money.

2. Stainless steel strainers

These strainers are 100% made with stainless steel from the handle to the head. They are easy to wash, durable and corrosion-free. Most of them are dishwasher safe for the convenient cleaning process.

3. Silver strainers

These are the most modern types. They are exclusively made of silver. Unlike its counterparts, silver strainers feature classic shapes and designs.

 

How to use tea strainers

Generally, tea strainers require some simple process to use. They are almost as convenient as the tea bags. How to use a strainer depends on its type. Otherwise, here is a common procedure to follow when using a strainer.

1. Choose the most appropriate strainers to use

There are various forms of strainers to work with. Some of the most popular forms include:

  • Ball strainers
  • Tea ball strainer with a long handle
  • Basic tea trainers that sit on the edge of the mug

The most preferable of all the types are the strainers with chains. The chain enables efficient pulling out of the strainers once you are done with the brewing process.

2. Measure and put the tea leaves on the strainer

It is prudent to stick to the amounts in your recipes. Otherwise, factors such as the type of tea used and personal preferences should give you at least insight. 

3. Add a boiling water

Brewing in most fresh and dried tea leaves require the use of boiling water. Therefore, before you embark on the process, make sure to put some water over the heater or stovetop. Add the boiling water through the strainer straight into the mug.

4. Rest the brewing tea

Once you have added enough water, rest the mixture for about five minutes. The taste and the strength of the tea are defined by how long you leave it to rest.  The longer the time, the more extracted are the tea leaves.

5. Hold the tea leaves in one corner

Using the strainer, hold and collect the stray leaves in one corner of the mug and scoop them out. Alternatively, you can transfer the tea from one mug to the other. Place the strainer on the edge of the second mug and pass the tea through it. You can then start enjoying the awesome drink.

 

How to clean a tea strainer

Cleaning a tea strainer is not usually a tall order. Unlike other types of tea wares, strainers feature simple designs and easy-to-wash surfaces.

  1. Pour some water in the pot or sizeable bucket
  2. Put the strainer on the water for about five minutes to soak
  3. Remove the accumulated debris and leaves by turning the strainer under running water. For durability, do not hit the strainer on the surface such as the edges of the teapot
  4. Rinse the strainer with the running water, wipe with a towel and allow it to air dry.

 

Conclusion

Tea strainers play an important role when it comes to healthy tea brewing.  They are economical and most convenient more so when it comes to solo brewing. For large-scale use, it is fine to work with silver or chrome strainers. Otherwise, you are free to check in our stores for the hottest and trending designs of tea strainers for your tea-brewing chore.

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