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5 Minute Mason Jar Iced Tea

5 Minutes to the Perfect Microwaved Iced Tea
This was how my Mom made iced tea, and it always tasted perfect. In between Pepsi's she would always have a glass of unsweetened iced tea. She had HUGE sweet tooth, I'm surprised she wasn't a sweet tea drinker! For some reason, when I was young, her glass always tasted better than my glass. I have lots of food and drink associations with memories of my Mom. I did a Beth Moore Bible study last year and she talked about how important sitting down and eating together is, and how often it is seen in the Bible. I mean, the Last Supper was pretty important, and it obliviously involved food and drinks!

I am pregnant with my 4th baby and had no problem steering clear of caffeine with the first 3 pregnancies, but I just can't do it this round. I have to have 1 cup of coffee or a couple cups of iced tea to have the energy to do anything! So, I've been making tea A LOT. I've tried boiling the water and adding the tea bags, and the Iced Tea Maker gadget, but this is the fastest, easiest, and most fool proof method!

 I recently read an article about the safety of using the microwave to cook, and how some foods are actually healthier when microwaved versus traditional cooking methods, because they retain more nutrients, so that was my cue to use my microwave more, because health is my number one priority, well... maybe its convenience.

 Fill quart Mason jar half way up with filtered water.
 Add 2 tea bags.
 Microwave for 2.5 minutes, and let it sit in the microwave for an additional 2-3 minutes to steep.
  Drain tea bags and remove them. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
 Fill the jar with additional filtered water, stir, and pour over ice.

5 Minute Mason Jar Iced Tea 
Serves: 2

2 cups water
2 tea bags (I prefer Lipton)

1 quart mason jar

Fill mason jar 1/2 full of water. Add 2 tea bags, leaving strings hanging over the mouth of the cup. Microwave for 2  minutes and 30 seconds. Let sit in microwave for 2-3 minutes. Using a spoon, press tea bags against the side of the jar to drain them, and remove the bags. Add sugar to the hot tea and stir until it dissolves (optional). Fill the jar up with cold water. Pour over a full glass of ice. Enjoy!



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