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Recipe Winners: Soups Made With Bigelow Tea

Friday, October 28th, 2016

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On a cold winter evening, nothing beats a bowl full of warm comfort food for dinner—particularly if it’s made with the flavors of Bigelow Tea. This season, try your hand at one of these recipes featuring chicken: Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger (perfect for when you have a sore throat) and I Love Lemon Chicken Chili (which pairs well with a Sunday football game). Find comfort in your favorite comfort foods—with a slight twist, thanks to tea of course!

Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3  Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Tea*
  • 1 cooked, skinless, boneless chicken breast (approx. ½ pound)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (½ cup)
  • ½ cup dried fine egg noodles
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped

*Alternative Bigelow Herb flavor to try – Bigelow® Ginger Snappish Tea

Instructions

Combine 2 cups of hot water and 3 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish tea bags and allow to steep for approximately 5 minutes. Meanwhile, using 2 forks, shred the cooked chicken breast. Use one fork to anchor the chicken breast to the cutting board, while using the other fork to ‘scrape’ the chicken into shreds. This is easily achieved if you shred along the grain of the chicken breast. Alternately, you may simply cut the breast into bite-sized pieces. In a medium saucepan or soup pot, combine the chicken broth and the tea over high heat. Add the garlic, carrots, shredded chicken and noodles. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 7 to 10 minutes, or until carrots are tender and noodles are cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped parsley and adjust seasonings as necessary. Ladle into bowls and serve hot. Note: To make this soup ahead of time, proceed as directed but omit the noodles and the fresh parsley. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, pour into a medium saucepan, add noodles, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until noodles are cooked and soup is heated through. Adjust seasonings, add fresh parsley and serve.

I Love Lemon Chicken Chili

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Ingredients

  • 8 tea bags of I Love Lemon Herbal Tea
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, whole, cracked
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 pounds chicken breast, 1″ cubed
  • 4 ounces Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces onion, diced
  • 4 ounces celery, diced
  • 7 ounces Poblano Pepper, diced
  • 5 ounces red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 16 ounces beans, fresh cooked or canned
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions

Heat saute pan and add oil.
Toss chicken in flour until coated and shake off excess. Sear chicken on all sides and remove from pan reserving oil in pan.
Sweat garlic, onion and celery. Add peppers and sweat. Add corn and spices.
Cover with chicken stock and add tea bags. Bring to a simmer and add beans.
Let simmer for one hour and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Remove tea bags, stir in fresh cilantro and serve.

Bigelow Tea, And Well All Tea Lovers Actually, Want To Know If You Add Milk To Your Tea?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

bigelow-tea-vanilla-chaiOne thing we know for sure is that with so many people drinking tea (82% of Americans to be exact—that’s more than 158 million people), there are that many ways to enjoy a cup! That is one of the beautiful things about drinking tea…you can customize each mug to your heart’s delight and include milk, honey, sugar or even a slice of lemon! But while some parts of making the perfect cup of tea are a must like putting in the tea bag in first before pouring over the water (says president and CEO Cindi Bigelow who has three generations of tea experts behind her!), other options are completely up to you which always makes tea drinking an lovely adventure!

One hotly talked about topic in our tea drinking community (which we call #TeaProudly which is an awesome community of tea drinkers which we will tell you about a bit later so stay tuned!) is do you add milk or not to your tea, so let’s share some info about this very topic. If you like to add milk, do you know when to add it in? Does the milk go in first or the bigelow-tea-spiced-chai-teahot water? The British Standards Institute (BSI) believes to have the answer to this tea lover debate. They state that the milk is best poured before the tea and that the brewing water should not be above 185°F to prevent scalding the milk. Of course not all tea drinkers agree with the BSI. Author George Orwell prefers pouring his milk in last to control the ratio of milk to tea. Even Queen Elizabeth II reportedly enjoys her tea by adding the milk afterwards! So many options….we love that!

Hey and did you  know that Bigelow Tea’s delicious Chai tea varieties are amazing with milk and sugar like our classic Spiced Chai? Facebook Fan Virginia Gordon thinks Vanilla Chai is “delicious with a splash of cream and teaspoon of sugar!” Thanks Virginia for sharing your #TeaProudly thought. The good news for everyone is that whether you add your cream or milk before or after the hot water, our spicy chai flavors will make an amazing cup so grab a mug and well, #TeaProudly!

Bigelow Caramel-Infused Teas And Ooey-Gooey-Caramel-y Recipes!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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Who can’t resist decadent flavors?? And with the weather getting cooler outside in much of the U.S., this is the perfect time to enjoy all things sweet, buttery-rich and just a bit toasty….make way for Bigelow Tea caramel flavors—Vanilla CaramelCaramel Chai and Salted Caramel.

Besides delicious, what exactly is caramel? And why on earth do we love it so much!? From sauces to wrapped treats, caramel is a versatile piece of sweetness. While its exact history is unknown, it is documented that around 1650, American settlers were making hard candies in kettles. Between this time and the early 1880s, candy makers began to add fat and milk while boiling sugar and water, creating what is now known as ooey-gooey caramel. Caramel candy’s popularity increased greatly when Milton S. Hershey opened Lancaster Caramel Company in 1886. Soon after, caramel candies were being shipped across the United States and to Europe.

Jump ahead to today and check out the real pieces of caramel in each of the Bigelow Tea caramel flavors. Salted Caramel is an all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and delicious caramel with just a hint of salt; Caramel Chai Black Tea is made with spices, real bits of caramel and molasses crystals; and Vanilla Caramel is smooth and sweet, thanks to the rich caramel and creamy vanilla ingredients. Pick a flavor, add a splash of cream and a hint of sweetener and you’ll have the perfect bit of awesomeness in your mug of tea!

If that’s not enough to lock down your caramel craving, check out one of these crazy amazing Bigelow Tea recipes showcasing caramel. Hey, why not pair a caramel tea with a slice of Vanilla Caramel Bread Pudding and make all your dreams come true!

Vanilla Caramel Bread Pudding

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Ingredients

14 or Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel or Bigelow® Eggnogg’n Tea Bags
2 ¼ cups (560mL) whole milk
½ cup (125mL) unsalted butter
1 cup (250mL) sugar
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon (5mL) cinnamon
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
½ cup (125mL) raisins
16 slices of challah bread

Vanilla Caramel Sauce:

¼ cup (60mL) unsalted butter
½ pound (224g) powder sugar
Reserved tea infused milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Heat milk over medium heat, add Bigelow® Tea Bags (either Vanilla Caramel or Eggnogg’n) and raisins; remove from heat and let steep fo 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out all excess milk/tea. Strain tea infused milk; reserve raisins. Measure out 2 cups (500mL) and set aside the remaining tea infused milk for sauce. In food processor, combine butter and sugar until well blended; add eggs, 2 cups (500mL) tea infused milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Continue processing until well blended. Lightly butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Break up the bread into 1″ cubes and layer in pan. Scatter the raisins over the top. Pour tea/milk mixture over the bread; soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Gently press down on the bread to make sure it is covered by the mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes to brown top. The pudding is ready when the custard is set, but still soft. Make the Vanilla Caramel Sauce while bread pudding is baking, by melting butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Add powdered sugar to the melted butter and whisk to blend. Add reserved Vanilla Caramel or Eggnogg’n infused milk to taste. Pour sauce over the baked bread pudding and allow to soak in 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.

Bigelow Tea Is Bringing In The Fall Harvest Flavors

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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From September to November, the autumn harvest brings a bounty of delicious produce, from pumpkins and pomegranates to apples and cranberries. And if you’re looking for the flavors of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea. Here are a few of our favorite fall foods, along with the Bigelow Tea varieties that capture their flavors.


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Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with real pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like autumn. For the past few years, pumpkins have been the unofficial food mascot of fall.

bigelow-tea-pomegranate-pizzazPomegranates

Rich in history and flavor, pomegranates have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility going back thousands of years. Today, it can bring a wealth of deliciousness to your cup of tea. Bigelow Tea offers a variety of teas made with pomegranate, including Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with Pomegranate and Pomegranate Black Tea.bigelow-tea-apple-cider

Apples

When we think of fall, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and Apple Cider Herbal Tea! With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this Bigelow Tea flavor is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip throughout the season.bigelow-tea-cranberry-hibiscus

Cranberries

Tart and tangy, cranberries pop up throughout the season—most notably on the Thanksgiving table. The refreshing taste of this little berry can be found in Bigelow Tea Cranberry Hibiscus and Cranberry Apple, both of which contain real cranberry fiber. Loaded with flavor and antioxidants, it’s a cup your taste buds and your body will be thankful for.

Embrace the season by picking up your own bushel of Bigelow Tea boxes. Enjoy a cup after school or work, to start off you weekend, or to close out a day of fall fun like fruit-picking or leaf-peeping. The cozy cornucopia of flavors makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of autumn.

 

Apple image by adrianbartel via Flickr
Pumpkin image by Mike Mozart via Flickr
Pomegranate image by veggiefrog via Flickr
Cranberries image by Andrew Yee via Flickr
Pears image by torbakhopper via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Shares 6 Great Ways To Celebrate With Tea

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

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Let the conversations, laughter and tea flow with Bigelow Tea! We’re big fans of good food, good tea and good company—there’s nothing better than when all of these are combined. From galas and afternoon tea parties to tea-themed bridal showers and morning brunches, here are a few of our favorite tea-centric gatherings.

  1. A tea stand benefiting those in need: Here’s a story we couldn’t help but share! In Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, three young girls recently set up a tea stand to benefit a classmate’s family who lost their home in an explosion. Nine-year-old Jeslyn and her friends served iced tea to neighbors, and all the proceeds were given to the family in need. Amazing, right?bigelow tea constant comment tea party
  2. Brunch with friends: Perhaps you need a gals’ day or a mommy’s morning out. Or maybe you want to gather a few long-time friends to catch up on life. Or, in the case of this writer’s friend, you need to break out a vintage tea set (family heirloom!) that you were gifted. Whatever the reason, brunch is always in season. Host a delightful mid-morning or afternoon tea party for friends—dress to the nines, bake a batch of scones and set the table with all things lovely. You can never go wrong with teacups and a pot of Earl Grey or “Constant Comment®” tea, and Bigelow Tea has just the party checklist for you!
  3. Kids, crafts, games and iced tea: Looking for a fun idea for the kids? Invite a few of their friends over, make a few pitchers of iced tea, cover the table in craft paper and set out  bundles of markers for them to decorate the “tablecloth,” like this mom did! Add in a few kid-friendly crafts or board games and you have hours of fun in the making.
  4. Tea with dad: Navy veteran and California photographer Vanessa Hicks understands the sacrifices that military families make every day. That’s why she wanted to honor them by doing a tea party photo shoot. Vanessa captured several servicemen and their daughters enjoying tea together, and the photos that she shared are beautiful. As a third generation American family-owned and operated company, Bigelow Tea loves to see servicemen and women celebrated.
  5. Baby and bridal showers: Celebrate the bride or mom-to-be with a tea-themed shower! Whether indoor (formal tea) or outdoor (vintage-inspired garden party), tea time is the perfect backdrop for a shower. Have your dessert table filled with a variety of your favorite Bigelow teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies and scones with Devonshire cream and jam. Some crowd-pleasing tea flavors are English TeatimeLemon LiftGreen Tea, and Perfect Peach Herbal Tea.
  6. A tea party to show gratitude: A 2-year-old in Texas recently invited the police officer who saved her life last summer over for a tea party. Adorned in a flower crown and pearls, Bexley Norvell and her family hosted Corporal Patrick Ray to thank him once again for coming to her aid after she choked on a coin and almost lost her life. What a special way to mark the one-year anniversary of her life being saved!

Clearly, tea is the perfect way to help out, celebrate or say thanks. Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get together or need a themed party for a once-in-a-lifetime event, offering a cup of tea can make your next soirée even more special!

Bigelow Tea Shares How To Make the Best Iced Tea Ever!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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Bigelow Tea is excited for iced tea weather and for all of you iced tea fans out there, we have a few pointers on making the perfect batch (or individual glass) of this flavorful, fresh, delicious beverage! Take a look:

  • Do some experimenting. Pair different teabags together to give your iced tea a taste twist. Bigelow has 130 flavors to choose from plus specialty iced teas to get you started.
  • Grab a spoon. In a recent video, third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow recommended putting a spoon in your glass before pouring in hot water. It will capture incoming heat and prevent your glass from breaking.
  • Watch your prep time. For a glass, give two teabags a couple of minutes to steep, but for a quart focus on steeping somewhere between 6- 10 minutes or experiment to find your perfect brew.
  • Be sweet to your palate. Besides sugar, consider agave or honey. Spruce your iced tea up further with a slice of lemon or sprig of mint.

For those on the go, Bigelow has ready-to-drink iced teas available in stores. Or perhaps ice your favorite hot tea like Cheryl Jones who loves our Green Tea with Pomegranate cold on ice (thanks for your post on our Facebook page). What is your favorite Bigelow tea over ice?  We want to know!

Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime: Traditional And Exceptional

Friday, April 8th, 2016

bigelow tea english tea time mugBigelow Tea lovers are fortunate to have options galore, from fruity flavors to herbal blends … but sometimes an unadulterated cup of traditional black tea is hard to beat. And that’s when Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime really shines!

English Teatime is a full-bodied black tea with a rich, smooth taste. With no bitterness and plenty of pure tea flavor, it is delicious on its own or with honey, milk or a wedge of lemon (like the Brits take theirs!).bigelow tea english tea time black tea

The hand-picked tea leaves used in English Teatime are grown high up in the mountains of Sri Lanka where the very best leaves are cultivated! It’s pretty amazing to see where the tea comes from … and third generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, visited Sri Lanka and made videos about the company’s long-standing relationship with the tea growers there.

Thanks to those ideal growing conditions, English Teatime’s has become a fan favorite. As @Esprix tweeted, “Oh Bigelow English Teatime, how happy you make me… .” Moreover, its extremely smooth flavor makes it ideal to mix with other ingredients. Combine it with I Love Lemon for a refreshing iced tea or use it in a baking recipe to create some of the tastiest donuts you’ve ever nibbled!

So when you’re in the mood for tea—exceptional, smooth tea—English Teatime is your go-to blend.

Say “I Do” To These Wedding Inspirations From Bigelow Tea

Friday, February 19th, 2016

bigelow tea charleston tea plantationIt’s the season of romance and Bigelow Tea is here to offer inspiration for all of you brides- and grooms-to-be! Despite the brisk weather, February sparkles as National Wedding Month. It’s the perfect time to plan a future wedding (even if it’s just pinning pins on Pinterest) and Bigelow Tea has plenty of insight into weddings … especially since its own Charleston Tea Plantation is a gorgeous and popular place to say “I do!” With majestic oaks, an old-fashioned trolley to shuttle guests and historic beauty, the grounds at the South Carolina plantation are full of Southern charm and make the perfect backdrop to a romantic event.

If you can’t get married at a tea garden, here are some other swoon-worthy ideas on how to creatively incorporate tea into your big day.

Decorations

It doesn’t matter if your theme and décor is rustic, ethereal or cozy, tea can certainly play a role. Use vintage teacups as part of your centerpieces, or have your seating cards tied to a pouch of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor.

Time to (Tea) Party

Everyone loves a tea party! So, why not design a tea party-themed wedding? Whether indoor (formal tea) or outdoor (vintage-inspired garden party), tea time is the perfect way to celebrate a wedding—or even a bridal shower!

Have your dessert table filled with a variety of your favorite Bigelow teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, canapés, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies, petit fours, and scones with Devonshire cream and jam.

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Favors—Love is Brewing

Send your guests home with a Bigelow Tea Personalized Tea Box with a “thank you” message and photograph. Or, place several pouches of Bigelow Tea into a burlap party favor bag.  

Bridal Party Gifts

Give thanks to the members of your bridal party with a lovely personalized wooden tea chest. Both useful and a handy fixture around the kitchen, it’ll be a gift they’ll treasure forever!

If you’re planning a wedding or simply looking to the future, invite Bigelow Tea to the big day. Tea in any form is a simple yet elegant way to add a little flavor to the festivities.

 

Wake Up Your Taste Buds With Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

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The Bigelow family certainly knows the components of a great holiday: tea, family, lots of laughter and a hearty breakfast. One of the best things in the world is the wafting scent of cinnamon tickling your nose on a chilly December morning. Now that’s a smell to wake up to! Looking for the perfect meal to get everyone out of bed? How about Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls thanks to Bigelow Tea drinker Michelle from Honest + Truly. Deliciously sticky and perfectly sweet, you can do most of the prep for these cinnamon rolls the night before.

Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls 

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

1 c milk
1 Bigelow vanilla chai tea bag
2 1/4 t yeast (1 packet equivalent)
1 t salt
1/4 c sugar
5 T butter, softened
1 egg
3 1/2 c flour

Filling

1/2 c butter, softened
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 t fresh ground cloves

Glaze

3 T butter, melted
1 t vanilla
2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c brewed Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
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Instructions

Start making your dough by heating your milk just until it is steaming. Add the tea bag and let it steep for five minutes while the milk cools somewhat. Remove the tea bag, and add your milk to your mixing bowl. Top with your yeast, sugar, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Add your softened butter and mix again. When mostly incorporated, add the egg and bring to medium speed to beat together. Once incorporated, add your remaining flour slowly to ensure your dough isn’t too dry. Mix on low speed until your dough comes together in a ball.

Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for five to ten minutes, until the dough springs back when you press lightly into it. Return to your bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for an hour until doubled in size.

Remove the dough from your bowl once risen and roll out to a 9 by 15 rectangle. Using the wrapper as a holder for your 1/2 cup of butter, spread it over the dough, leaving a one inch gap along the top long side so the dough will still stick later. Use the wrapper to spread any remaining butter into the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan so that your cinnamon rolls won’t stick to it later.

Mix together the remainder of your filling in a separate bowl. Use a fork to combine the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Spread this over the butter on your rectangle using your fork.

Roll up your rectangle into a long log, starting at the bottom and leaving the uncoated edge for the end. Use a serrated knife to slice into 12 equal pieces.

Carefully lift each piece and place it into your buttered pan. Some will touch and others won’t. Replace the towel and let rise for 30 minutes or place in the fridge overnight to finish in the morning. If finishing in the morning, remove the rolls from the fridge and let sit on the counter, still covered by the towel, for 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while your cinnamon rolls are rising. Once they are ready to bake, remove the towel and bake uncovered in your oven for 30 minutes until golden brown and the filling has started to bubble at the edges.

Cool in the pan while you make the glaze. Brew a cup of Bigelow vanilla chai tea. In a small mixing bowl, add melted butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Pour the hot tea over this. Using a fork, stir until thoroughly combined, adding a bit more tea to thin the glaze if needed. Pour the glaze over your cinnamon rolls and enjoy immediately.

Note – These are best eaten the day they’re made but can be stored on the counter in a tightly sealed container for another 1-2 days, if needed.

Make Some Bold Pairings With Bigelow Tea Earl Grey

Monday, December 21st, 2015

bigelow tea earl greyLooking for your next tea pairing adventure? Look no further than Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey tea. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes—thanks to the finest bergamot oil from Calabria, Italy. A true classic, Earl Grey pairs beautifully with the strong, earthy flavors in red meat dishes, duck and dark chocolate. Now that’s decadent!

bigelow tea earl grey boxTry pairing a cup of Earl Grey with tea-infused main dishes like recipes for Orange Beef and Chinese Broccoli or Pan Seared Duck with Orange and Spice Gastrique.

Or if you have more of a sweet tooth, pair a cuppa with Vanilla Caramel Chocolate Custard or Creme Brulee, or Darjeeling and Dark Chocolate Pots. With its delicate and citrusy aroma and golden coloring, Earl Grey’s smooth flavor provides the perfect complement to rich and indulgent dishes.

With the complex yet traditional flavor of Earl Grey, here’s one more tip: simply brew, sip and enjoy!