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Old 11-13-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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It reduces the bitter taste of the tea.

I learned that one when I lived in the south.
Interesting. My family has lived in the deep south since the 1700s, and I have lived in the south for most of my life (born in New Orleans and lived in LA, AL, GA, TX, AR, TN, NC, SC and VA for a total of 45 years) and have never heard of putting baking soda in any sort of tea.

Not saying I won't try it but as the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I've lived in the south my entire life. mother and father were born and bred in south. NEVER heard one word about baking soda in tea.

Also I've read it it counterproductive to let tea steep too long.I never let it steep more than 5 or 6 minutes, add sweetener while still warm and then fill to top with tap water and refrigerate. Lemon is up to each person's taste.

That's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh!
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Interesting. My family has lived in the deep south since the 1700s, and I have lived in the south for most of my life (born in New Orleans and lived in LA, AL, GA, TX, AR, TN, NC, SC and VA for a total of 45 years) and have never heard of putting baking soda in any sort of tea...
Maybe that's why it's considered a "secret."
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Maybe that's why it's considered a "secret."
Apparently so, but as I stated earlier "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Someone said that it's to keep the tea from tasting bitter. My family's iced tea doesn't ever taste bitter so we don't need to put anything in it to keep it FROM tasting bitter.

But I'll try it to see if it is possible to improve upon perfection!

Do you know when you're supposed to add this secret ingredient? To the boiling water? To the added water? To warm tea? Cold tea?

I did find this interesting discussion on it:

http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2012...-iced-tea.html

I've never known anyone who did this, and I come from a long line of southern tea makers and drinkers. I doubt very seriously that all those aunts and grannies and great aunts and girl cousins, etc etc were hiding their secret to great tea from me!

But I prefer my tea, even my sweet iced tea, to be a bit strong and to have a "tea" taste, as opposed to a sugar water or lemonade or any other flavor. It seems that baking soda would "soften" the tea flavor, which some people might prefer.
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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...Do you know when you're supposed to add this secret ingredient? To the boiling water? To the added water? To warm tea? Cold tea?
Some add it at the end, some add it with the tea bags, some put it in first - some folks even add it to a glass of tea they've been served.
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:07 PM
 
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Some add it at the end, some add it with the tea bags, some put it in first - some folks even add it to a glass of tea they've been served.
Ack - no thanks!

Come on - do you REALLY know people who do this?

I'd think maybe with the tea bags...maybe. I'll try it but I'm dubious.

I have been googling this and I find a lot of people who say "But if you use Luzianne teabags you don't have to worry about cloudiness or bitterness," so maybe that's true - that's the brand I use and I've never had an issue with either cloudiness or bitterness.

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Old 11-14-2014, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Interesting. My family has lived in the deep south since the 1700s, and I have lived in the south for most of my life (born in New Orleans and lived in LA, AL, GA, TX, AR, TN, NC, SC and VA for a total of 45 years) and have never heard of putting baking soda in any sort of tea.

Not saying I won't try it but as the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. An elderly neighbor told me to do that. Maybe I did out of respect. Mrs. Parsons liked me enough to share the secret of her delicious iced tea. I cherished that.
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