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Bigelow Tea Unveils New Packaging

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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Change can be good. At Bigelow Tea, where we embrace tradition, we’ve taken a big step forward with our packaging. As we will mark our 70thanniversary in 2015, we’ve given our boxes of tea a modern design that showcases our long and flavorful history. According to our CEO Cindi Bigelow, “We wanted to tell more of the Bigelow story – who we are as a company, as a family, our dedicated efforts to create the best recipes possible, and why it matters.”

Our redesign gives our black, green, herbal, and other teas a streamlined look with vivid colors and engaging descriptions of our teas. Updated product details will feature interesting company stories and juicy tidbits about tea, including why you should never squeeze your tea bag after brewing.

Ease of use is also a key factor. These sleek boxes will sport a handy tuck tab for easier opening and closing. And since our employees play an important role in our success, every box will include the name of its Bigelow Tea packer and a clearly visible “best by” date. The teas themselves, however, remain the same. Like our first tea “Constant Comment”®, our products will stay constant in quality and taste. Their boxes will hold the same number of tea bags, and each one will still be wrapped in a foil pouch to preserve its freshness!

All of our redesigns will make their debut in stores nationwide by this winter. If you can’t wait or want to learn more about this process, check out our video below.

Our look may have changed, but our taste remains the same—great!

 

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know: What’s Your Favorite Way to Volunteer?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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Sharing time with others as a volunteer is something we respect immensely here at Bigelow Tea—it’s even part of our mission statement. Whether we’re holding a huge fundraiser like our Bigelow Tea Community Challengetraveling to Appalachia to help build homes or participating on smaller ventures, community involvement is a huge part of who we are. We know our customers are heavily committed to volunteering as well.  So, while you sipping your favorite tea today, take a moment to let us know …

Image via Mercylearningcenter.org

Bigelow Tea Knows Lady Gaga Celebrates Her Birthday With Tea!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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Birthday parties have some commonalities – cake, balloons and streamers. So leave it to the atypical Lady Gaga to have a completely “different” birthday bash! Bigelow Tea saw that the flamboyant pop star celebrated her 27th birthday with nothing less than a tremendous tea party, arranged by her boyfriend Taylor Kinney, who took care of all the delicious details last month!

According to one source, her friends wanted to put “… a smile on her face with this Alice In Wonderland-themed do.” A great idea—and we know that Lady Gaga has the hat collection for such a fanciful ‘Wonderland’ themed tea party!

When we first met Lady gaga on our Constant Comments Blog, she was on her way up the pop charts. We noted her deep affection for tea, including bringing her own tea set on tour—and even to her press conferences! She said “I love tea so much … I must have tea five times a day.” Her star has risen even higher over the years, and we have seen enjoying her tea again and again. As her big birthday bash shows, Lady Gaga’s love of tea has not diminished!

Recently, Lady Gaga took some time off to recover from a hip injury. Her manager said in an interview that she is “doing wonderful, doing great.” We’re glad she’s on the mend … and that she got to sip her beverage of choice at her birthday party! In fact, this might be the perfect idea foryour next party! Make it a fashionable tea party with many varieties of Bigelow Tea and all the accoutrements. And, if you wear a cool hat like Lady Gaga, your guests will be sure to appreciate your great taste and colorful style!

Image by Lori Tingey via Flickr.com

Tea’s Benefits Get Our Attention At Bigelow Tea

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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There’s so much to love about Bigelow Tea, and tea in general! The taste, the aroma, the soothing nature of just sipping this wonderful beverage. On top of all that, there’s often good news to report on how tea can make you feel better too! Bigelow Tea loves to find studies that talk about the benefits of drinking tea, and we wanted to share some of that information today. We’ve shared studies before about tea and metabolism, tea and your immune system, and even about tea and beauty. Today we wanted to share some research about tea and your brain!

If you sip tea and think it helps you focus, you might just be right! A 2008 study examined the affect of the unique tea amino acid L-theanine on attention-related task performance. Task performance was measured by electroencephalographic (EEG), or the measurement of electrical activity produced by the brain as recorded from electrodes placed on the scalp. The results suggest L-theanine plays a role in attentional processing in synergy with caffeine! Another study of nearly 30,000 Finnish adults aged 25 to 74 years old, who were followed for 13 years, found that tea drinking was associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease. Among tea drinkers, those who reported drinking three or more cups of tea per day were 69% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease compared to those who reported not drinking tea.

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So, what’s not to love? Whether it’s English Breakfast in the morning or Vanilla Chai with a treat after lunch, tea is definitely our beverage of choice! When you pour yourself a steaming cup of Bigelow Tea, not only will you enjoy its fabulous taste … but you just might be doing a good thing for your body and mind too as all of the studies have said!

Top Image by Stephen Cummings via Flickr.com

Eat Better Together Month: Try Breakfast And Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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October is Eat Better Together Month, and at Bigelow Tea we think breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. While making time to sit down for breakfast can be tricky, the benefits are great. Studies show that people who fill up on a healthy breakfast—one that includes a mixture of foods such as dairy, fruits, and whole grains— tend to focus better at school and on the job.

One great way to begin the day is with our Eggnogg’n Granola with Dried Fruit and Yogurt. This dish is made with our Eggnogg’n Tea and features oats, Greek yogurt and fruit. With this recipe, we hope all families start their mornings off right!

Eggnogg’n Granola with Dried Fruit and Yogurt

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Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

6 bags Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea*
¾ cup boiling water

Tea Coating:

1/3 cup Eggnogg’n Tea concentrate
1/3 cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Granola:

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup slivered almonds
½ cup unsalted pumpkin seeds

Fruit:

½ cup snipped dried apricots
½ cup dried banana chips
½ cup coconut flakes
½ cup snipped dried mango
½ cup snipped dried pineapple
½ cup golden raisins

Yogurt:

2 cups Greek-style yogurt
4 tablespoons Eggnogg’n tea concentrate
Honey to taste

Prep Time: 15 minutes   

Baking Time:  20 to 25 minutes

Makes 8 cups granola

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Cinnamon Stick TeaSweetheart Cinnamon Herb TeaBigelow Orange & Spice Herb Tea, or “Constant Comment” Tea

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 F.  Line large 15 x10 x 1-inch or larger sheet cake pan with parchment paper.

Place tea bags in a 1-cup glass measure.  Add water.  Steep tea for 5 minutes.

Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup.  Discard tea bags. (About ½ cup tea concentrate.)

In 2-cup glass measure wisk together all tea coating ingredients; set aside.

In mixing bowl stir together all granola ingredients.  Pour tea coating over granola mixture; mix well.

Pour granola mixture onto prepared sheet pan.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until cereal is lightly browned.

Remove from oven. Stir in dried fruits; cool completely.

In small bowl stir together all yogurt ingredients.

To serve: place ½ cup granola in bowl.  Top with ¼ cup yogurt mixture.  Sprinkle with additional cinnamon or nutmeg.

Store leftover cooled cereal in covered container.

Top image by Steve.D.Hammond via Flickr.com

National Food Bank Week: Bigelow Tea Is Hungry For Food Equality!

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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Today at Bigelow Tea we’re looking at National Food Bank Week, which is Oct. 13 through 19. The week is a call for awareness to remind us that despite our country’s impressive agricultural resources, many still suffer from food insecurity. Food banks in communities across the country play a huge role in helping balance out food disparities.

Let’s put on the kettle and look at some of the facts. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that while that the world produces enough food to feed everyone on earth, nearly 870 million people (that’s one in eight people across the world) suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Even in the U.S., the World Hunger Education Service reports thatfood insecurity is a reality for one in six people. All across our land of plenty, the challenge of hunger has not been conquered yet.

We can all do our part by getting involved in the community and helping local food banks by donating food or volunteering time. We’re proud that the 2013 Bigelow Tea Community Challenge benefitted two important organizations that provide basic food needs for people who are hungry: the Connecticut Food Bank, and Fairfield, CT’s Operation Hope, a shelter and food pantry. And we’re also thrilled that our Bigelow Tea “Green Team” created a Community Garden this year, producing fresh vegetables that we have been able to share with those in need.

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Bigelow Tea’s Community Garden

We hope everyone uses National Food Bank week to continue working towards a brighter future where food insecurity is no longer a problem.

Image from State Farm via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea And Cyndi Lauper Make A Perfect Match

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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During the ‘80s it was all about big hair, kooky clothes, and pop music that was so catchy that some of us at Bigelow Tea are still humming those songs! But what really makes us sing, is when an iconic figure such as Cyndi Lauper—quirky, outspoken, and self-proclaimed as “unusual”—loves her tea!

In a recent interview at a hotel, Cyndi is described as agonizing over which tea she is going to order—she wants a big caffeine boost—and she asks the interviewer in her famous New York accent, “Ya don’t drink tea?” Like, really, what’s wrong with you!? We love this woman!

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What we also love about Cyndi Lauper is that she’s not just the feminist voice behind the phenomenal hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” she’s also a parent, a writer, and television personality. Multi-dimensional and multi-faceted … just like Bigelow Tea! We can only wonder which varieties she would choose when trying to soothe her vocal chords to keep them in tip top shape, or when looking for that caffeine boost en route to her next meeting. We can see her as a Spiced Chai kind of girl with it’s variety of spices, or a maybe as a fan of our I Love Lemon herbal tea, which would soothe those vocal cords! With so many varieties of Bigelow Tea to choose from, it seems like we are a perfect match for a girl who just wants to have fun!

She’s bubbly, she’s unique, and she’s still proving to live by her own “True Colors” … and that includes plenty of tea. Yes, we do love this girl. And just like Cyndi, we like to have fun too, just after we finish our cup of tea.

Top image via cyndilauper.com

Bigelow Tea Bites Into National Apple Month

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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Tart or sweet, apples are always a favorite here at Bigelow Tea. For National Apple Month this October, we’ve gotten to the core of cooking up different ways to savor their crunchy texture and juicy flavor using Bigelow Teas.

Baking is one method that enhances the taste of this fall fruit. So we’ve paired apples with different Bigelow Teas in recipes that go straight into the oven. Here are two of our favorite picks. Our simple Bigelow ® Cinnamon Stick ® Baked Apples work well as a side dish or a dessert, and our Apple Cider Muffins are a tasty snack or breakfast treat. Both are full of delicious apple flavor!

Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Baked Apples

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Ingredients:

1 ½ cups hot water
Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Tea Bags*
6 medium apples (Cortland, Granny Smith, or any other slightly tart baking apple)
3 tablespoons, plus 6 teaspoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

*Variations: Substitute “Constant Comment®” Tea for the Cinnamon Stick Tea and/or add 1 teaspoon raisins to each apple cavity before baking (along with the brown sugar).

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Instructions:

Baked apples are a simple side dish, which are perfectly paired with either pork or poultry. When baked with Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick Tea, they become a rustic autumn substitute for applesauce. Alternatively, serve the baked apples with ice cream for a delicious dessert!

Preheat oven to 400º and place rack in middle of oven.

In a measuring cup, steep tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags into cup before discarding. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar to tea and stir until dissolved. While tea is still hot, add butter and stir to combine. Set aside.

Horizontally slice the top of each apple off and reserve. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the core and seeds of the apple, making sure not break through the bottom.

Place the apples in a 8 x 8 inch (or 7 x 10) glass or ceramic baking dish and spoon 1 teaspoon of brown sugar into each cavity.

Gently pour prepared tea over the top of the apples and bake for about 40 minutes, or until apples are soft.

Place the baked apples on a platter and transfer 2/3 cup of the juices to a small saucepan. Boil until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Pour juices over the top of the apples and serve warm.

Apple Cider Muffins

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Ingredients:

¾ cup milk
Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea Bags
1 to 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, grated (1 cup)
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla

Yield: Makes 10-12 medium muffins.

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease muffin cups or use muffin liners.

Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Set aside.

Grate apples in food processor with a shredding blade or by hand with a cheese grater. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Add apples and nuts; mix well. In separate bowl, whisk together oil, sugars, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add tea-infused milk; stir until well blended. Add dry ingredients all at once and stir until moist. Do not over-mix. Batter will be loose.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Top image by William F. Yurasko via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Shares Gluten-Free Recipes For Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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Google “gluten free” and you will find plenty of information about the pros and cons of this increasingly popular dietary choice. But for people diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the only choice for their gastrointestinal health is giving up gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. In recognition of Celiac Disease Awareness Month (sometimes celebrated in May), Bigelow Tea is sharing two fantastic gluten-free recipes made with tea! Sure, there are lots of gluten-free products available, but not all of them are healthy. Cooking at home with ordinary ingredients gives you peace of mind … and great taste. Enjoy!

Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth

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Ingredients:

2 cups (500mL) chicken broth
Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herb Tea Bags
2 teaspoons (10mL) butter
1 teaspoon (5mL) olive oil
1 pound (500g) sea scallops
2/3 cup (160mL) frozen peas
2 cups (500mL) cooked rice
Zest from a whole lemon

Yield: Serves 4. Cook Time: 25 minutes. Prep Time 15 minutes.

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Instructions:

Boil chicken broth in small saucepan, remove from heat and add Bigelow I Love Lemon tea bags. Infuse for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, rinse scallops and pat dry. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and butter to large non-stick skillet. When butter is foaming, add scallops and cook flat side down until well browned; turn and cook other side. Cook scallops for approximately 6-8 minutes total time.

Bring tea broth to a boil, add peas and cook 4 minutes.
Place ½ cup rice each in shallow soup bowls; place scallops evenly over rice, pour lemon pea broth over scallops and garnish with lemon zest.

French Style Green Beans

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Ingredients:

1 cup hot water
Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound fresh french-style green beans
½ pound carrots cut into 1 inch matchsticks
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: Serves 6

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Instructions:

Combine hot water and 4 Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes.

Place tea in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook until liquid is reduced by half (about ten minutes).

Add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir to combine.

Add cornstarch and whisk vigorously until glaze is thickened and smooth. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine butter and olive oil. Heat until butter is melted but not smoking and then add carrots and green beans.

Saute vegetables until just tender, approximately 5 minutes (allow a few extra minutes of extra cooking time if using traditional green beans).

Add pomegranate-balsamic glaze, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.

Note: Glaze may be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Photo by lamoix via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea’s “Constant Comment”® Spices Up Our Cupcake Recipe

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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Tea and cupcakes go together beautifully, so why not include this beverage as a baking ingredient?! We’ve been doing it for years—making recipes with tea—and we found a tea-lover in Maine who had the same idea! During our visit to Whole Foods in Portland, MaineBigelow Tea chatted with Kristal Robishaw, a baker at the store, and learned she loves to experiment with new cupcake recipes. She also likes to add tea to her mixes!

Upon hearing this news, we of course had to give Kristal a box of our “Constant Comment”® to take home and try out. Later on, Kristal shared with us her excitement in coming up with her latest cupcake creation featuring “Constant Comment” tea. Here’s what she had to say about this tea-infused treat:

“Well, I made some pumpkin cupcakes with “Constant Comment” and they came out amazing. I didn’t use any additional spices other than the tea because I really try to make the tea the star in my recipes … I just used a basic cream cheese buttercream [frosting] recipe and topped them with a pecan praline crumble.”

She also added that she would be serving the cupcakes at a barbecue soon. “I’m sure they will be a hit,” she added. We think so too. And below is her recipe, which we all can make at home!

Pumpkin “Constant Comment” Cupcakes

Ingredients:

5 Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea bags steeped in ½ cup boiling water
½ cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 can of pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil

Instructions:

Recipe created by Kristal Robishaw

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).

Steep tea and set aside to cool (be sure to squeeze tea bags to get all the liquid). Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs, one by one. Once eggs are combined, add the can of pumpkin. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. To the tea that has been steeped, add enough vegetable oil to reach the ¾ cup mark on measuring cup. Alternate mixing the wets and dries to the pumpkin mix until combined. Scoop mixture into cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean.

Makes 24 cupcakes

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