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Bigelow Tea Supports The Fight Against Diabetes

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas can’t produce insulin, or make use of what it produces. Our bodies need insulin to break down carbohydrates into glucose. Over 370 million people worldwide have diabetes, and Bigelow Tea thinks it makes sense that World Diabetes Day, recognized November 14th, has combined efforts with two other November recognitions: National Diabetes Month and American Diabetes Month.

All of these associations have the same primary objectives: raising awareness and understanding of diabetes and its possibly severe consequences. Bigelow Tea appreciates all the work that goes into modifying lifestyles and following the dietary restrictions of diabetes. People with diabetes must check their blood sugar levels several times a day, take insulin and be careful about eating certain foods. That last part is not a worry when it comes to Bigelow Tea however, because all of our fantastic teas are excellent choices with or without sugar, or any added sweeteners.

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From our Black Teas to Green Teas to Herb Teas and everything in between, Bigelow Tea offers a wide range of selections. If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, you know family support is important, and it gives us a good feeling that our Bigelow family can be a part of supporting you too with so many tea choices!

We all should be aware of the risks of diabetes. In fact, some people have the disease and aren’t aware of it; one in four Americans with diabetes doesn’t know! So put on the kettle and take a minute out of your busy day to take this test to see if you are at risk!

Logo Image Via the International Diabetes Federation

Bigelow Tea Earl Grey Fan Tells Cindi Bigelow Why It’s The Best!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Cindi Bigelow never knows when she will meet a passionate Bigelow Tea fan, but this time we captured one of these lovely—and entirely impromptu—moments on camera! Bob, Cindi’s CPR instructor, tells why he has been a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey devotee for more than 40 years. As he explains emphatically in this fun video, the best thing about our Earl Grey is the purity of the ingredients: black tea and natural oil of bergamot.

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Bob was also happy to hear that Cindi is headed to Calabria, Italy, where Bigelow Tea sources the highest quality oil of bergamot!

 

Bigelow Tea Honors Veterans And Military Families

Monday, November 11th, 2013

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Today is Veteran’s Day, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I back in 1918. Today is also the day that we honor and thank veterans who have fought bravely for our country in all wars. At Bigelow Tea we take this day very seriously. There is no greater honor than to serve our country, and on this day, we would like to show how much we deeply appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our country free.

In November we also observe Military Family Appreciation Month. It has been said that, “Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.” We couldn’t agree more. Thank you to our military families as well!

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At Bigelow Tea, we started showing our appreciation and saying “Thank you” over 4 years ago with our Tea for the Troops program … bringing a little bit of “home” to our troops, and sending over 100,000 special boxes of our American Classic Teas to those serving our country.  It’s our way of telling them how proud we are of them! And this year is no different as we gear up to donate another 8,000 boxes to our brave US service men and women. CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, knows about the power of tea. She says the Tea for the Troops program is “our version of a thank you card … one of my greatest joys at Bigelow Tea is the work we can do to try to make a difference.”

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In addition, this year at our recent 2013 Community Challenge race in September, we asked men, women and children to help Bigelow Tea honor our servicemen and women by writing a brief message on a label, or two or three, that will be affixed to boxes and distributed through the USO. Such a simple gesture that we hope will make a huge impact.

On this very special day, we say “thank you,” to all our veterans and their families. It’s the very least we can do!

Image by thenationalguard via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Cooks It Up During National Pomegranate Month!

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Pomegranates are a serious “super food,” and we are excited to celebrate all of their first-rate qualities this month, during National Pomegranate Month! We at Bigelow Tea have known for quite some time that it’s a fruit to be reckoned with. Just check out our Pomegranate Black Tea! It’s got the refreshingly sweet, but tart taste of the pomegranate right in the tea! Put the kettle on, please!

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Pomegranates have been used in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. We’ve found an easy way to capture the delicious tastes of this unique fruit in not one, but two terrific recipes using our pomegranate tea varieties. First, our Pomegranate Muffins are a wonderful way to liven up traditional muffins with a burst of flavor. Then, we have our not-to-be-missed Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and Nuts. Sounds like the perfect brunch for us!

Pomegranate Muffins

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Ingredients:

12 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Tea Bags
2 cups (500mL) boiling water
3 cups (750mL) all-purpose flour
1 cup (250mL) sugar
1½ tablespoons (22.5mL) baking powder
¾ teaspoon (3.5mL) salt
¾ cup of vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1½ cup cooled Pomegranate tea from above (reserve 6 tablespoons (90mL) for icing

Glaze
2 cups (500mL) icing sugar
5-6 tablespoons (75-90mL) of remaining Pomegranate tea
Add 1 tablespoon at a time to make a stiff icing

Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

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Instructions:

Make tea by steeping tea bags in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC).

Line muffin pans with muffin paper liners (total of 12) and spray top of muffin pan with cooking spray.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Whisk together oil, eggs and reserved tea in separate bowl until combined. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until the dry ingredients are moist and blended. Do not over mix.

Scoop the muffin mixture into prepared muffin pan filling to the top of each muffin cup.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown or when a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Turn out the muffins and glaze.

Make the glaze by combining icing sugar and 5-6 tablespoons (75-90mL) tea. Ice the muffins with glaze.

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and Nuts

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Ingredients:

2 cups boiling water
Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
1 cup quinoa (try ‘red quinoa’ if you can find it, but any variety will work perfectly)
½ cup dried tart cherries (opt for pitted)
½ cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds, roughly chopped
½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: Serves 6

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Instructions:

Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wa”) is a protein-packed whole grain that is the perfect healthy substitute for rice or couscous.  When prepared with Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate, it becomes a delicious base for a nutritious side salad or light lunch.  You can substitute different dried fruits and nuts in this recipe for a slight variation. Suggestions are dried pomegranates or cranberries (like Crazins) and cashews or walnuts.

Combine boiling water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of teabags and discard teabags.

Place tea in a medium saucepan with quinoa.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer covered until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender (about 12 minutes). Stir occasionally.

Transfer quinoa to a serving bowl and fluff with a fork.  Add cherries, almonds, and parsley and stir to combine.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Top Image by Ano Lobb via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Fuels Up For Big Races

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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Watching the New York City marathon last Sunday was inspiring! The men and women who run those 26.2 miles to complete the marathon through the five boroughs of New York are truly amazing. We at Bigelow Tea tip our hats, our sneakers, and of course our teacups to them as they recuperate from their milestone race. But gosh, how do they do it?

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Athletes train for hours on end, for months at a time, leading up to a big race. And tea can actually help prepare them! Runners need to hydrate their bodies up to an hour before the race with up to 20 ounces of liquid. Hot or iced tea counts as a liquid for this. Our suggestions? Maybe a mind soothing Green Tea for just a hint of zip, or a relaxing Chamomile to calm your nerves, or perhaps an amazing and rewarding Chocolate Chai.

Even if you aren’t a marathoner, tea can get you moving in the right direction. If you do run, remember to hydrate before and after your workout. And don’t worry about running 26.2 miles … just lace up those running shoes, hit the pavement, and then come inside for a cup of tea.

Image by Bob Jagendorf via Flickr.com

Enter The Attitude Of Gratitude Bigelow Sweeepstakes To Win Our Fall Tea Flavors!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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Bigelow Tea is sharing the spirit of Thanksgiving with our “Attitude of Gratitude” Sweepstakes! A total of 24 lucky winners will take home our delicious Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herb Tea – both brimming with irresistible autumn flavors! We invite you to enter for your chance to win … and while filling out the form, tell us in a few words what you’re grateful for this year. The simple pleasure of sipping a steaming cup of tea on a crisp, fall day is certainly at the top of our list!

The winners will receive one box each of our ever-popular “harvest teas.” Pumpkin Spice Tea is a masterful blend of the finest mountain-grown black teas, cinnamon, licorice root, clove, ginger and pumpkin flavor. Apple Cider Herb Tea is a caffeine-free blend of all-natural herbs and spices with the sweet taste of tree-ripened apples. Each of these teas is a soul-warming treat after a day of watching football, raking leaves or apple picking!

To enter, “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and click on the green teacup sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to enter more often!! The sweepstakes ends on November 29th.  Look for the names of the 24 lucky winners right here on our blog. Good luck, and happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

Sip Some Bigelow Tea With Jim Carrey!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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Here at Bigelow Tea, we know how great the perfect cup of tea can be!  Actor Jim Carrey has discovered that lately as well!  As part of a strict new diet for one of his movies, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” Carrey gave up alcohol, cigarettes, wheat, coffee and more to embrace a better diet that includes veggies, nuts, fish cooked in olive oil and most importantly—tea!

As Carrey explores his new diet and his tea options, we of course recommend anything Bigelow Tea has to offer!  Our herbal teas are particularly popular with flavors including Perfect PeachOrange and Spice, and Peppermint. And if that doesn’t suit Mr. Carrey’s tastes, maybe he’d like to try one of our Green Teas.  There’s bound to be something that complements Jim Carrey’s diet, and tastes great as well!  In fact, with Bigelow Tea in his pantry, we bet the actor will continue sipping for a long time!

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Image by Georges Biard via Wikimedia.org

Bigelow Tea Announces October Sweepstakes Winners

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Enter Our Celebrate Fall Bigelow Sweepstakes And Win Our New Chai Teas!

 

We are so excited to announce the winners of our “Celebrate Fall” Sweepstakes!  Please give us up to 2 weeks to contact you to confirm your mailing information.  If you don’t hear from us, you didn’t win (sorry about that!).  Congrats to all!!

Stephanie from Nebraska

Ghislaine from Quebec

Kathy from Pennsylvania

Lisa from Florida

Lorry from Indiana

Carmella from New Jersey

Laura from Pennsylvania

Beth from Minnesota

JoDee from Nebraska

Jamie from Alabama

Lauren from Washington

April from Arkansas

Lynne from Ohio

Karen from Iowa

Sally from California

Margaret from Ontario

April from Pennsylvania

Terry from Indiana

Katy from Michigan

Walter from Texas

Betty from Florida

Norman from Maryland

Tamera from Minnesota

Joan from Pennsylvania

Bigelow Tea Recipes For Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month

Friday, November 1st, 2013

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November is Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month, and Bigelow Tea wants our fans to know that we recognize this dietary need year-round. We understand that people who cannot have any gluten – particularly those diagnosed with Celiac Disease – have to watch what they eat. And what they buy. As grocery stores are carrying more gluten-free goods, the FDA has issued specific rules on what products can be labeled “gluten free.” All of our current teas are formulated to be gluten free, and we’ve developed some delicious gluten-free recipes you can make at home. Here are two of our favorites that are perfect for autumn weather:

Gluten-free* Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

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Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

10 bags Bigelow Ginger Snappish Herb Tea with Lemon

1 cup boiling water

Muffins:

2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons molasses
2 eggs
1/2 cup tea concentrate
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon Xanthan Gum**
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup dried currants
2 tablespoons sugar

Yield: 12 muffins

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Variations: Try using Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea, Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea or Bigelow Constant Comment Tea

Prep Time: 10 minutes Baking Time:  14 to 18 minutes

**Definition of Xanthan Gum – Produced from the fermentation of corn sugar, xanthan gum is used as a thickener, EMULSIFIER and STABILIZER in foods such as dairy products and salad dressings.

Instructions:

Place tea bags in a 1-cup glass measure.  Add water to equal 1 cup.  Steep tea for 10 minutes.

Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup.  Discard tea bags.

Heat oven to 350 F.  Spray 12-cup muffin tins with baking spray; set aside.

In large mixing bowl add brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs.  Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (1 to 2 minutes).

Add tea concentrate and ginger.  Continue mixing at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute).

In medium bowl stir together gluten-free flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, Xanthan Gum, and salt.  Add to tea mixture.  Mix just until moistened.

Stir in currants.  Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full.  Sprinkle top of each muffin with about ½ teaspoon sugar.

Bake until very light brown (14 to 18 minutes) or until wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.  Remove from oven. Cool.

*What is Gluten Free and Gluten-Free Recipes?

All vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, rice, potatoes, and corn are gluten free in their natural state.  Also milk and most hard cheeses and creams are naturally gluten free. Recipes using any of these items would be naturally gluten free.

The recipes designated Gluten free do not include the following ingredients: wheat, rye, barley, or oats; or ingredients that might contain these, but Bigelow Tea does not assume liability for information reported on our recipes.

However, anyone who needs or wants to follow a gluten free (GF) diet should check ingredients and products to ensure they are GF. (For example, sesame seeds are naturally GF, but it’s always wise to check with the manufacturer to make sure that gluten was not introduced to the product during processing.)

Bigelow Tea makes no guarantees that the recipes are appropriate for your diet. Individuals should consult with their physician or other medical professional.

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Toddy

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Ingredients:

6 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
6 cups (48-ounces) hot water

Spiced Butter:

¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum

Whipped cream, optional

Extra pumpkin pie spice, optional

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea  or Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea

Instructions:

In large glass batter bowl, place tea bags; add hot water.  Brew for 4 minutes.  Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags.

Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute).

In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea.  Mix until Spiced Butter melts.

Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of spice, if desired.

Top image by mr.bologna via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Says Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Stay safe this Halloween and have fun!!