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Fast and Easy, Calorie-free Sweetened Iced Tea

What you need: 

4 tea bags or 1-2 tablespoon loose tea in a ball
stevia--either liquid or powder (stevia is a sugar substitute)
water
4 cup ice
citrus slices optional

What you do: 

1.) Bring 6 ounces of water to a boil in the microwave and your favorite micro-safe mug.
2.) *Plop in your tea and cover with a saucer for 5 minutes or longer depending on depth of flavor desired (*be careful plopping, because sometimes after the water has settled, it may still boil up once you add the tea--anyone else ever experienced this???)
3.)Place ice in a 2 quart pitcher
4.)WAIT...ho hum...
5.)Carefully remove saucer and tea bags, pressing excess liquid back into the mug.
6.)Pour tea over ice and add water and *stevia* ***WHOA, Buddy, this stuff is super-duper SWEEEET! So ease up on it, add it slowly to your liking.
Also...As I know my opinion counts to EVERYONE, I must add this note: I prefer stevia liquid to powder, the liquid has a nice licorice flavor and the powder tastes nearly vegan sugar twinnish--blech! Also, I think I've snorted much too much of the stuff and dislike its seemingly undissolvability--is that a word?

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes, mostly waiting, sigh<br /><br />[hr] You should never boil the tea bag with the water.
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

The scratches can be microscopically small.  Not to say bacteria can't hide there, but it is to say that most of your cookware is already scratched like that.  (If your metal pans were completely smooth, water would supersaturate in them even on the stove.)

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ha, alternatively, whenever i heat water in the 'nuker i watch for it to boil. if it isn't boiling, then you have trouble (or a broken nuker). i did see a show about the exploding water.... it's kinda neat how the world works sometimes.

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you should also NEVER EVER EVER use a microwave!

jeez...there is a polite way to write something. It sounded like you were a mom chastising a child with your BOLD words.  Not everyone can be so perfect all the time.

Well, actually, there's a very good reason for the stern warning, and I've experienced this first hand so it truly DOES happen...if you boil water in the microwave, it can actually reach a state called super saturation and explode. It can explode in the microwave (this happened to me), or you could take the cup of water out and it could explode in your face. When you plop in the tea bags and the water all of a sudden boils, that's why. The water gets heated to a temperature that is actually higher than the boiling point and when the water is disturbed it suddenly starts to boil furiously. If you have to boil water in the microwave, you need to make sure that you either use a container that is scratched on the inside or add a little sugar or salt to the water. This gives the water something to form bubbles on so it can boil safely. I'm not positive this is why the previous poster gave the stern warning (could just be anti-microwave) but it really is much safer to boil water in a kettle on the stove.

Well, as long as we're giving out warnings...don't use any container (or dish, or cup, etc.) that has been scratched on the inside, because it can hold bacteria, even after it has been washed. Gross.

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you should also NEVER EVER EVER use a microwave!

jeez...there is a polite way to write something. It sounded like you were a mom chastising a child with your BOLD words.  Not everyone can be so perfect all the time.

Well, actually, there's a very good reason for the stern warning, and I've experienced this first hand so it truly DOES happen...if you boil water in the microwave, it can actually reach a state called super saturation and explode. It can explode in the microwave (this happened to me), or you could take the cup of water out and it could explode in your face. When you plop in the tea bags and the water all of a sudden boils, that's why. The water gets heated to a temperature that is actually higher than the boiling point and when the water is disturbed it suddenly starts to boil furiously. If you have to boil water in the microwave, you need to make sure that you either use a container that is scratched on the inside or add a little sugar or salt to the water. This gives the water something to form bubbles on so it can boil safely. I'm not positive this is why the previous poster gave the stern warning (could just be anti-microwave) but it really is much safer to boil water in a kettle on the stove.

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you should also NEVER EVER EVER use a microwave!

jeez...there is a polite way to write something. It sounded like you were a mom chastising a child with your BOLD words.  Not everyone can be so perfect all the time.

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you should also NEVER EVER EVER use a microwave!

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