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Bigelow Tea Brings You Delectable Tastes To Celebrate National Barbecue Month

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The month of May not only brings spring flowers and Memorial Day, but also the beginning of the BBQ season with National BBQ Month! No matter where you live or what you like to cook, grilling is an easy and versatile way to bring out mouth watering barbecue flavors! Here at Bigelow Tea we know you will savor our delicious and unique recipe for Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches, made with our Green Peach Tea. Fire up the grill and get the marinade ready for this lip-smacking Bigelow Tea recipe hit!

Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches 

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken – cut up – about 4-5 pounds
¾ cup (180mL) water
Bigelow Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
1/3 cup (80mL) honey
1 teaspoon (5mL) freshly ground pepper
¼ cup (60mL) extra virgin olive oil
Freshly grounded pepper and salt to taste
4 fresh peaches, halved and pitted

Yield: Serves 4 – Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 55-65 minutes

Instructions

Instructions for Marinade:

In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to the boil and add teabags, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes reducing liquid by ¼. Stir in honey and black pepper.

Instructions for Grilling Chicken:

Preheat grill. Rub chicken with the olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place chicken on grill, turn to medium low heat (or use “Indirect” cooking according to grill instructions) and brush with Green Tea with Peach marinade. Cover grill and cook chicken for 15 minutes, brush again with marinade, and cook for another 15 minutes, turn over and brush with marinade and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Check chicken with a meat thermometer which should read 140-150*F. Remove from heat.

Brush peaches with marinade and place cut side down on grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes. Turn, brush with marinade and grill for another 3-4 minutes.

 Image by scubagirl66 via flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Goes Against The Grain For Celiac Disease Awareness Month!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Celiac Disease affects 1 in 133 people – and yet 97 percent of them go undiagnosed, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. That means lots of folks are living with abdominal pain, chronic headaches and numerous other unexplained symptoms that can have long-term health consequences. Since May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month,Bigelow Tea wants you to be informed about testing for this autoimmune disorder.

Although the way Celiac Disease operates within the body is complicated, the treatment for it is simple: lifelong elimination of gluten from the diet. Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. For those with Celiac Disease, eating gluten sets off an immune response in the small intestine, damaging the tiny hair-like villi that normally absorb basic nutrients. Over time, damage can be chronic and life-threatening, but once sufferers stop eating gluten they typically enjoy immediate relief.

The challenge then becomes figuring out how to live without gluten-laden baked goods, pastas and processed foods. Even foods that are naturally gluten free, such as oats, can be cross-contaminated with gluten during processing, setting off a reaction for someone with Celiac Disease. And those who test negative for Celiac Disease can still have some gluten sensitivity, making it difficult for them to digest gluten. Fortunately, the gluten-free aisles are well-stocked in today’s grocery stores, and online resources abound for the gluten-free cook! Just beware of gluten-free junk food that’s loaded with sugar and salt to compensate for the lack of gluten.

You could check out Bigelow Tea’s extensive file of gluten-free recipes for inspiration and (of course!) great taste … and rest easy knowing that most Bigelow Teas are naturally gluten free! Look for “gluten free” next to the ingredients list on the box.

Photo via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Is Committed To The Environment

Monday, May 7th, 2012

At Bigelow Tea, we are always committed to doing the right thing in all areas whether it is with creating the perfect teas or doing our part for the environment. We recently had our first pick-up of used cooking oil that was from our Fairfield. CT company cafeteria.  The oil is sent to a processing facility in Waterbury, CT where it is converted to biodiesel fuel. It was an exciting day for us at Bigelow as we watched the oil being recovered and carted off for reuse.

This is just one more step in our on-going sustainability efforts. Whether it is installing solar panels, instituting compost policy, working towards becoming a “Zero Waste to Landfill” Plant, recycling our overwrap, reducing our shrink wrap and undertaking countless other energy efficiency initiatives, we are always on the lookout for new ways to help protect Planet Earth.

Jim Gildea
Connecticut Plant Manager
Bigleow Tea

 

Bigelow Tea Wins Best Decorated For 2nd Year In A Row At The Kentucky Derby Festival

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The Kentucky Derby Festival is a two week event in Louisville, KY that promotes all things Derby (Bigelow Tea has a manufacturing facility in Louisville). The festival started with the biggest Fireworks show in North America, “Thunder Over Louisville,”  then many other events followed suit ranging from The Great Bed Race, Great Steamboat Race, Pegasus Parade, Festiville (Chow Wagon) with lots of food and music, golf scrambles and many other things leading up to race day and the Kentucky Derby.

While most of the events are more community involvement related there are some that raise money for charities. With the bed race there was an award called the “People’s Choice Award” where the people could vote for $1 on the bed they liked best and profits went to the winning bed’s favorite charity.


The theme of this year’s race was bedtime stories.  We decided to have a momma teapot reading to her baby teacups and named our story “Sweet Dreams.”  Our bed won Best Decorated for the 2nd year and we were all thrilled. The event started at 11:30 am where all participants’ beds were to be viewed in the front of the KFC YUM Center. There was quite a crowd and we gave out lots of tea samples as everyone walked around and checked out the beds. The crowd was very impressed with all of our hard work. Around 5:30 pm the beds were taken into the YUM Center and the parade of beds began (this is where all participants parade on the floor of the YUM Center to show off their decorations). Right after this was completed we rushed to get all the decorations off of the bed in order to get prepared for the race which began at 7:00 pm with live coverage on WAVE 3.

Lots of hard work but a great time was had by all!

Kathy Van Sant
Bigelow Tea, Louisville KY

Freddie Mercury Rocks On For Bigelow Tea!

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Rock stars are usually larger than life by definition, but there are a select few that fall into the category of legendary. Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen achieved that status. As the front-man and lead vocalist for Queen, Freddie’s powerful and versatile style propelled them through the 70’s and early 80’s, the Glam Rock phase of music history. It was no surprise to us at Bigelow Tea that the legend, like so many, also loved his tea.

Freddie was born in Zanzibar, off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, a country well known for their spices and adoration of spiced tea. His early beginnings at an English boarding school also contributed to his zest for tea. But there are also reports of his mom brewing the elixir for him, perhaps documented in the lyrics “Funny how love is coming home in time for tea … Funny how love is when you gotta hurry, ‘cause you’re late for tea,” which he wrote in the song Funny How Love Is.  Freddie was noted for his favorite flavor being jasmine tea. We at Bigelow Tea imagine him running home for a cup after school in his younger days!

In another song he wrote, The Miracle, Freddie speaks of man-made and natural-made miracles, with the biggest miracle we are all waiting for: peace on earth and an end to war. But in the middle of the song, and contrary to Freddie’s flamboyant stage presence, he lists as a miracle “Sunday mornings with a cup of tea.” We couldn’t agree more. Here’s a toast and a raised cup to singer, writer and tea-lover Freddie Mercury. Here’s wishing for peace on Earth, and Sunday mornings with a cup of tea.

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Celebrating The Kentucky Derby With Bigelow Tea

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Wearing beautiful hats, socializing with friends, sipping iced tea … it’s all so civilized! So it’s no wonder that we at Bigelow Tea are quite fond of the pomp, pageantry and celebration that surrounds the Kentucky Derby!

Back in 2007, when Queen Elizabeth II visited the Kentucky Derby for the first time, we wondered whether she might enjoy her favorite tea, Earl Grey, during the race. While we’re not sure if she did, a traditional tea like Earl Grey would have been an ideal choice for such a tradition-filled event. The Kentucky Derby’s official website talks about tradition:

Over its 137-year history, the Kentucky Derby known as America’s Race™ has amassed dozens of traditions that Churchill Downs’ employees, horsemen and millions of Derby fans worldwide hold dear.

From the iconic Twin Spires that overlook the track….to the potent mint juleps that infuse Derby Day with “spirit,” traditions are an important part of the Derby experience (!)

We have to say it – like Bigelow Tea, the Derby is steeped in tradition! And while many people are sipping Mint Juleps at Churchill Downs, iced tea is also a very popular beverage on race day. Fittingly, one horse in the 2012 race is named “I’ll Have Another.” His owner says the name came from his love of chocolate chip cookies, but we think it applies perfectly to our sentiments about tea!

So, whether you’re attending a neighborhood Kentucky Derby party, watching at home with your family, or actually heading out to Churchill Downs, we hope you’ll find time tomorrow, May 5th, to sip some tea! Whether iced or hot, we think tea is the perfect beverage to drink during the annual run for the roses! Enjoy!

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Image 2 via fotopedia.com

Bigelow Tea Recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

If you have children currently in school or have fond memories of your own schooldays, you know that teachers rarely get enough recognition for all the work they do. It’s a tough job, and Bigelow Tea is happy to help spread the word about Teacher Appreciation Week!

From May 7 through May 11, students, parents and administrators across the country will remind their teachers how much they really do appreciate their hard work and dedication. Saying “thanks” is a simple gesture, whether it’s done orally, in a note, with a flower from the garden or in the form of artwork from your child!

Of course, some schools also host Teacher Appreciation events, and we think they’re even better when a little tea is served! How about a morning treat made up of fruit and whole wheat bagels in the teacher’s lounge, alongside a pot of Jasmine Green Tea? It’s a healthy way to start the day and the gentle scent of Jasmine is sure to please the teachers!

If you recall the days of bringing in an apple for your teacher, you might consider sending your child into school with a box of Apple Cider Herbal Tea wrapped with a nice bow! It’s the thought that counts, and this is certainly a thoughtful token of appreciation that a teacher will love.

Thank you, teachers, for all you do! You have one of the most important jobs in the world, and in our hearts at Bigelow Tea, every week should be Teacher Appreciation Week!

Image by Marine Connan via Fotopedia.com

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Spring With The 6th Annual First Flush Festival!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It’s time to mark those calendars for Bigelow Tea’s 6th annual First Flush FesTEAval, coming Sunday, May 20th! This TEA-rrific event celebrates the season’s first tea harvest and takes place at Bigelow Tea’s own Charleston Tea Garden, the largest working tea farm in the continental United States. Each year the festival draws thousands of people to picturesque Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s low country, with fantastic local music, art and cuisine – and plenty of the tea garden’s signature American Classic iced tea for all!

This special rite of spring isn’t just for tea lovers. In fact, the festival was recently recognized as one of the 2012 top 100 events in North America! It offers fun for the whole family in a truly unique setting. The backdrop for the festivities is 127 acres of beautiful tea plants. “First flush” tea is defined as the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest. The leaves are harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh and amazing cup of tea. That’s certainly something to celebrate!

Details of this year’s musical lineup are still being worked out, but last year we were fortunate to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event. Count on more great music this year! We’re also proud to continue our green mission at the festival with the use of biodegradable corn cups to serve iced tea to attendees. These eco-friendly cups, made from the renewable resource of corn, completely compost in 45 to 60 days. It’s all part of Bigelow Tea’s company-wide commitment to sustainabili-TEA!

So stay tuned for more First Flush FesTEAval details, and in the meantime we look forward to celebrating spring – and tea – with you on May 20th!

 

Let Bigelow Tea Help Make Mother’s Day Special…Yes You Still Have Time!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Mother’s Day comes just once a year, and Bigelow Tea encourages all “children” to take this opportunity to shower our mothers (and grandmothers and aunts!) with love and attention. We know what most moms will tell you: big presents are not what this day is all about. It’s about being thoughtful to mom and taking time to show that you appreciate everything she has done for you!

If tea is one of her passions, you can make mom feel special on Mother’s Day, and you know that we have tons of suggestions! Like starting her day with some super-healthy Green Tea served in a new mug…then later perhaps offer her a small gift of her favorite teas wrapped in some pretty paper or arranged in a basket. And as the day winds down, give her a chance to read or relax while enjoying a cup of Sweet Dreams herb tea, served in her favorite china teacup. Doesn’t that sound like a warm and wonderful day?

However you choose to honor mom on Sunday, we hope that tea can be a part of it. Sitting together as a family and sharing stories over a cup of tea … that truly is a mother’s dream come true! So we think a gift from Bigelow Tea on Mother’s Day would be a wonderful gesture. After all, tea has many health benefits that Mom will appreciate and is best when shared with her nearest and dearest, including you! May we suggest:

 Lavender Filagree Metal Cup and Saucer with Tea

Reminiscent of a Parisian flower shop, the lavender painted filigree cup & saucer comes filled with 56 Bigelow tea bags in a variety of 7 black, green and herb teas that’s sure to brighten anyone’s day.  Great for a favorite plant afterwards!

Price: $19.95

Bonjour Basket

Get every day off to a good start with this cheery basket of 96 Bigelow Green Tea bags in an assortment of 12 refreshing flavors.  Topped off with a flower, the twisted split wood tray also includes two 11oz. Bonjour Mugs.  Mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Price: $39.95

  Pink Filagree Metal Cup and Saucer with Tea

Reminiscent of a Parisian flower shop, the pink painted filigree cup & saucer comes filled with 56 Bigelow tea bags in a variety of 7 black, green and herb teas that’s sure to brighten anyone’s day.  Great for a favorite plant afterwards!

Price: $19.95

Image (top) via Motherhood4Real

Bees And Bigelow Tea, Nature’s Perfect Blend

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Beekeeping has been around for thousands of years and is believed to be one of man’s earliest forms of food production.  Imagine the notion of sustainability back in ancient Egypt, some 15,000 years ago! Fast forward to present day beekeepers raising honey bees (the only insect which produces food for humans) that are responsible for pollinating over 80% of the U.S. fruits and vegetable seed crops.  Yes, beekeepers along with their silent honeybee partners are helping provide food today and for future generations! This is sustainabili-TEA at its best, and it’s something Bigelow Tea supports wholeheartedly.

With our common values, it’s no wonder that beekeepers are exceptional tea-lovers! Honey is the beekeepers passion and it’s the perfect addition to the tea we are passionate about. Cultivated honey comes in all sorts of varieties, like alfalfa, buckwheat, clover, and tupelo, to name a few of these natural sweeteners. We’re sure that beekeepers love to mix and match their varying bits of honey with the many different flavors of Bigelow Tea!

 Honey is known to have health benefits, plus it has no artificial preservatives or additives … and it sweetens while being a good source of carbohydrates. What’s not to love? If beekeepers are the definitive sustainabile providers, then honey is the sweetest model of natural sustainability.

Bigelow Tea and honey makes the perfect partnership, and this ideal blend can bee even further enhanced by using our fun honey spoons. Tea and honey together; it’s a flavor blast to sweeten future generations!

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