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Bigelow Tea Takes The Heat Out Of National Sun Safety Week

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Hot fun in the summer time!  The season of summer brings to mind thoughts of the sun, beaches, water sports, and outdoor activities.  But during National Sun Safety Week, we at Bigelow Tea would like to remind you that, if you’re not careful, summer and the sun can come with unwanted consequences.

Most of us are all aware of the potential harm—sunburn, sun poisoning, or even skin cancer—that can come from spending too much time in the sun without the proper protection. Some of the easiest ways to avoid these summer time dangers are to apply broad spectrum sun-screen, wear clothing to protect the skin, and stay out of the sun between its strongest hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before entering the sun and to re-apply after swimming, sweating or at least every two hours. Also remember to protect your eyes when spending time in the sun.

When temperatures rise, we may forget about how the heat can affect our internal body temperature, especially if we are exercising. When our bodies become overheated we risk dehydration, which can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. How to combat this risk? Drink lots of fluids … like a cool and refreshing glass of Bigelow Tea iced tea! Or, for variety, you might want to try Bigelow Tea Coconut Water. Since the best way to avoid dehydration is to drink before you’re even thirsty, keep those beverages on hand, and sip away!

So, this summer, remember to play and have fun, but play it smart too.  And then have a nice glass of Bigelow Tea on ice to put a welcome chill into the heat of the summer.

Image by No Prawns via flicker.com

 

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know What Your Favorite Hobby Is

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

At Bigelow Tea, we truly treasure our customers, always welcoming your comments and inspiring stories.  So we were wondering what you do in your spare time (besides enjoying a cup tea of course!) as you balance work and leisure time…? Our favorite pastimes really help lift our spirits and energize us so we’re ready to tackle whatever deadlines we face!

And we would be remiss to not point out that sipping that favorite cup of flavorful Bigelow Tea is a wonderfully relaxing at the end of a grueling day!

So, do tell:  what hobby do you enjoy most in your spare time?

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Bigelow Tea Has The Best Gifts For The Best Dads

Monday, June 4th, 2012

On the third Sunday of June, Father’s Day, we celebrate the exceptional men in our lives. Whether it’s our dads, grandfathers, uncles or other father figures in our lives, we honor and cherish the men who have made a difference in our world. While thinking about the holiday and considering ways to make Dad feel special, we can’t help but think of Father’s Day presents that you may want to avoid! Instead of another tie or a fifth hammer, Bigelow Tea has some great gift ideas for you. Men love their tea, so here are a few suggestions!

For a dad who loves tea and luxury, may we suggest our Bigelow Tea World’s Best Dad Tea Chest? This beautifully crafted, hinged wooden tea chest with burled top and light walnut finish has been specially engraved to honor the World’s Greatest Dad!  It comes filled with 64 individually wrapped Bigelow tea bags, 8 each of 8 different flavors. Classic beauty and classic teas, for a classic Dad!

And if your father is more of a grillin’ kind of guy, we’ve put together the Grill & Chill tray! This assortment of goodies contains a Grills Gone Wild cookbook, two marinade mixes, steak seasoning, a grill mitt, a grill towel, an exclusive Bigelow Tea baseball cap, plus a total of twenty Bigelow Tea quart-sized iced tea bags!

And last but not least, here’s a playful way to celebrate Father’s Day with a Dad who loves green tea!  This full-size Dad’s The Man “paint can” includes 144 individually-wrapped Bigelow Green Tea bags in assorted green tea flavors.

Making your dad feel special also means taking some personal time to show your appreciation. It could be with a hand-written letter about a special memory, watching a home movie from when you were little, or just sitting down and talking about current events together. Or how about a chat about a favorite memory that your dad has of his own father over a pot of freshly brewed tea? Now that sounds like a perfect plan for the ideal Father’s Day!

A toast from us to all those fathers out there!

Image by Grand River Conservation Authority via flickr.com

Enter Bigelow Tea’s Iced Tea Sweepstakes!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Iced Tea Month starts today! Yay! This calls for extra-special recognition … how about a fun sweepstakes to celebrate both summer and the refreshing taste of iced tea? Twelve (12) lucky winners will have a chance to win our Golden Assortment Tin filled with a generous variety of Bigelow black, green, herb and decaf teas. The handy reusable tin contains 152 teabags in all.  That’s enough tea to mix and match for mouth-watering iced tea combos all summer long!

Here’s the scoop on how to enter:

1.    “Like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!)

2.    Click on the sweepstakes tab under our cover photo on Facebook

3.    On the entry form, vote (which is optional) for your favorite iced tea combination.  To learn more about iced tea and these combinations, check our Iced Tea Video below

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4.    Then follow the instructions to enter your name and contact information. That’s it!

The sweepstakes ends at midnight on June 29.  Twelve lucky winners will be chosen by random drawing on June 30.

Good luck, and happy Iced Tea Month!

It’s Time To Taste New Recipes Using Bigelow Tea!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

When Bigelow Tea holds a recipe contest, everyone’s a winner! Not only does one super-creative cook get to take home the grand prize, but each and every one of us of gets to taste and experience Bigelow Tea in so many new and delightful ways!

All of the “runner-up” recipes from our 2011 Recipe Contests tickled our taste buds too, and we wanted to share a few of them with you today. We hope you’ll give them a try … and please let us know which recipes you enjoy the most!

Bon appetite!

Earls Peppery Chicken
Recipe submitted by Linda Cifuentes

Ingredients:

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken tenders
1 tbsp. coarsely ground black pepper
3 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Bags
1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp. brandy
2 tbsp. light cream
1 tsp. finely ground pepper

Instructions:

In a shallow bowl combine coarse pepper and flour; dredge chicken tenders in mixture.  In a medium skillet, heat oil and add coated chicken.  Cook on medium heat 3 – 4 minutes on each side.
Meanwhile, make Bigelow Earl Grey Tea by steeping 3 tea bags in 1 cup of water.  Discard tea bags and set aside.
Heat butter, flour and remaining pepper in a medium saucepan.  Add remaining ingredients whisking constantly.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes until thick.  Pour mixture over chicken and simmer on low covered for 5 minutes.

Raspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries
Recipe submitted by Lilica Brionn

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. cold water
2 tsp. unsweetened gelatin
1 cup boiling water
Bigelow Raspberry Royale Tea Bag
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup fresh blueberries

Instructions:

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons of cold water – set aside.
In a medium bowl, steep the tea in the boiling water for 3 minutes.  Add the gelatin mixture and the sugar.  Stir until everything is completely dissolved.  Set aside to cool for at least 20 minutes.
Divide the blueberries among four ramekins or glasses and pour in just enough of the cooled jelly to reach the top.  Refrigerate until completely set, about 3 hours.  Serve chilled.

White Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe submitted by Lori Peardon

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
4 eggs
2½ cups self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup Bigelow White Chocolate Obsession Tea, brewed and cooled

Instructions:

Grease and flour 9x5x3 inch baking pan. Combine butter, eggs, sugar and brewed tea. Add flour and mix thoroughly.
Turn batter into pan and bake for one hour at 325˚F.  Cool 15 minutes before turning cake onto a wire rack.

 

NCIS: Los Angeles’ Hetty Lange Demands Allegiance And Tea!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

She’s Henrietta (Hetty) Lange, the steely NCIS: Los Angeles special operations manager with a maternal side and a mysterious past. Bigelow Tea is a big fan of this fascinating and complex character, as played by veteran actress Linda Hunt. So naturally, we loved reading that Hetty’s favorite beverage is tea!  In fact, in one episode Hetty approves a mission in Afghanistan only after agents Callen and Sam promise to bring her back a bag of tea leaves. That’s some serious tea passion!

Delving into Hetty’s bio details prompted us to speculate about what type of Bigelow Tea she might prefer. Some tantalizing clues: speaks multiple languages, has an MFA from the Sorbonne, is a pilot, a published novelist and has an extensive list of aliases. Oh, and she has “unparalleled access to contacts throughout the intelligence and defense communities.” Hmm … this woman requires something exotic! Perhaps Darjeeling, known as the “champagne of teas”? Or maybe Spiced Chai Tea with its enticing blend of spices? And for those moments after the case is solved and less caffeine is preferred, we’d suggest Jasmine Green Tea, which captures the essence of the Far East with smooth flavor and a hint of jasmine.

No matter what her preferences might be, we know there’s a Bigelow Tea variety to capture Hetty’s fancy – and enhance her efforts to capture the bad guys!

Photo via Wikia Entertainment

Bigelow Tea Looks At The Colorful History Behind Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The origins of Memorial Day are a bit complicated, given that several American towns lay claim as its birthplace. But wherever it actually started, the holiday has become an important national symbol of our gratitude to all those who have fought and died as members of the armed services. We honor the fallen with this day of remembrance over the long three-day weekend, considered the start to the summer season.

Some historians believe the first Memorial Day took place on May 1, 1865 amid a dramatic moment toward the end of the Civil War. According to the story, recounted by Time magazine, a group of men, former slaves, gathered that April at a Charleston, S.C., racetrack that had been turned into a prison, where more than 250 Union soldiers had died. They dug up the mass grave and interred the bodies in individual graves. On May 1, some 10,000 Charleston residents, missionaries, teachers, schoolchildren and union troops gathered at the site singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and carrying roses.

But it wasn’t until three years in later in 1868 that May 30 was officially declared Decoration Day, “which was designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” In 1971, Congress moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May. Over the years, some have felt that the meaning of the three-day holiday has been mislaid with revelry trumping the solemnity of the day.

Bigelow Tea hopes you will have an opportunity to attend a Memorial Day parade or observance while also spending quality time with friends and family.  Here’s to a safe and peaceful holiday weekend!

Photo by Dawn Paperin via Flickr.com

Tea Trends 2012: Quality Is Key With Consumers And Bigelow Tea

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Quality is king for tea lovers, and increasingly so according to World Tea Media, sponsor of the upcoming World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. In fact, industry watchers identify the desire for excellent tea as the number one trend in the tea marketplace. This is music to our ears here at Bigelow Tea, where quality has always been of paramount concern!

George Jage, president of World Tea Media says: “The tea industry is educating tea consumers about quality … and consumers are increasingly looking to buy better teas; they want to know what makes certain teas high quality rather than relying on the manufacturer’s word or enticing packaging.”

We know company founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow would be pleased to hear that more Americans are learning about tea and demanding the best. After all, Ruth was a true tea pioneer when she perfected her Constant Comment recipe more than 65 years ago, bringing a more flavorful tea to the market! And with the advent of the important tea bag packaging that protects our Bigelow Tea bags, we make a powerful statement about quality. Today, Cindi Bigelow, Ruth’s granddaughter and president of the family business, continues a tradition of sharing “experTEAS.” She demonstrates what tea quality is all about as she breaks open a few tea bags to illustrate why some teas just don’t make the grade!

But far be it from us to ever rest on our laurels. Our master tea blenders never stop innovating to bring you exciting new flavors and products. Don’t miss our latest entry: Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade – just in time for summer!

Rest assured that Bigelow Tea stays on top of tea trends, but we intend never to be a passing fad!


The Bigelow Tea Family Celebrates Family Wellness Month

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

It has been said that the bond that links a family is not only one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.  At Bigelow Tea we know our Bigelow Tea family blossoms and grows with mutual admiration and happiness.  And as we all celebrate Family Wellness Month with our families, whether large or small, near or far – it’s their wellness that is of the greatest importance.

The dynamics of families today are wide-ranging and varied. But striving for family wellness is a goal that binds us together.  Family wellness means much more than just not catching a cold, it means emphasizing active lifestyles and encouraging good habits.  It also includes knowing your family health history – a powerful planning tool. A recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans believe that knowing their family health history is important, yet the same survey found only one-third of Americans have gathered and written down their relation’s health history.

Family health also includes positive interaction; keeping grandparents involved, going fishing or for a walk, maybe a weekly game night. These all help create strong family bonds and a positive home environment!  And it’s still true: families who eat meals together have less stress and closer relationships!

Maybe take it on the road this month and have a family picnic with a game of catch, a lovely feast in a park and enjoying the yin and yang of our delicious Half (tea) and Half (lemonade)!  However you do decide to focus on Family Wellness Month, Bigelow Tea wishes some relaxing and bonding moments with those who you love!

Photo by HotBlack via MorgueFile.com

A Nutritious And Quick Meal To Ease A Busy Day

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

With your busy lifestyle, it’s fantastic to stumble upon recipes that mix nutritious eating, quick prep, and fabulous taste.  And if you add in I Love Lemon and Green Tea from Bigelow Tea, you have it all as you can see with our Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth and Oven Cooked Green Tea Rice.

Scallops are a rich source of protein and vitamin B12, which make them a good choice for a delicious and simple dinner.  Combined with our oven cooked Green Tea Rice, we’ll have you in and out of the kitchen in no time. These two recipes are bound to be big hits in your house!

Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth

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.

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.

 

Oven Cooked Green Tea Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups (500mL) water, boiling
1 tbsp. (15mL) butter
Bigelow® Green Tea Bags   or American Classic Island Green Tea
1 cup (250mL) uncooked long grain rice
½ (2.5mL) teaspoon salt

Yield: Serves 4 – Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Instructions:

Combine boiling water and Bigelow® Green Tea Bags together. Let stand for 10 minutes.
In a 1-quart (1L) casserole bowl, combine green tea and butter; stir until butter melts. Stir in rice and salt. Cover casserole bowl.
Bake in a preheated 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving.
This recipe can be doubled for a crowd. For an interesting twist substitute quick cooking barley for the rice.