sun tea in a jar

June 19, 2010 by Ali

Ok – this post is definitely not really a “recipe”. But I’ve had so many people remark over the years on how I make sun tea, that I decided it might be worth sharing with the blogosphere! :)

As you’ve probably guessed by the photo, this is my alternate method to making sun tea. Rather than using a huge pitcher (which I did for years) that takes up some serious refrigerator shelf space, I love using mason jars to make smaller, more concentrated batches. It hardly takes up any room in your fridge, and is just as easy as the big pitcher to make. Just fill a jar with water and a tea bag or two, set it out in the sun in the morning, and by dinnertime you have a wonderful batch of tea ready to go! Pour a little bit in your glass filled with ice, and then dilute it with water to the strength you prefer. (And if you’re into sweet tea, add a touch of sweetener!)

Super easy, and it’s a great space saver! I’d definitely encourage you to give it a try!

(Here’s my pup, Henry, babysitting the tea.)

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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21 thoughts on “sun tea in a jar

  1. What a sweeeet pup!

    - Terry

  2. Aw..your puppy is adorable.

    - Devi

  3. OMG- YOUR DOG is too cute….- what kind of pup is Henry?

    - Aimee

  4. This brings back childhood memories of having a pitcher of tea steeping on our porch almost every day. Thanks for the smiles…

    - Vicki

  5. “Create bacteria” was a poor choice of words on my part.

    Directly from the Snopes article:
    “According to the Centers for Disease Control, using the sun’s rays to make tea can facilitate the growth of bacteria. Tea steeped in a jar on your porch won’t get any hotter than 130 Fahrenheit, about the temperature of a really hot bath and not nearly hot enough to kill nasties lurking in the water or on the tea itself. For that, water needs to be heated to 195 for three to five minutes.”

    - Panya

  6. Great idea!
    We make sun tea for our family and have been for the last 25 years. Making gallon batches does take up a lot of fridge space, and now that we are empty nesters, we need less.
    Sun tea doesn’t actually create bacteria, it actually inhibits it’s growth if the tea is a caffeinated variety. The key is to use clean water and a clean utensils, sun tea jar and lid.

    There are solar water purification techniques which all stress cleanliness.

    - Homer

  7. Great idea– Perhaps you could answer this question for me. I’ve always wondered is there actually a taste difference between traditional iced tea and sun tea?

    - Ryan Ward

  8. I was just thinking about making sun tea yesterday… Our yard gets SO much sun that it only makes sense that I put it to good use. Your doggy is so cute, too. :)

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  9. Great idea!!
    Also, I need to know what kind of dog your pup is. I have a dog that looks so similar to him and he was a rescue – the shelter and the previous owner had no idea. We usually don’t see many dogs that look as similar as he, but when I saw your picture I almost fell off my chair! He’s adorable and could be cousins with my Bruno!

    - Katherine W

  10. Wow, what a great idea! Henry is adorable. :-)

    - Amanda

  11. What a great looking guy! Does he cook too?

    - Ali's Mom

  12. I do the same kind of thing when I make tea, except it’s green tea. I keep it in a pitcher in the refrigerator and have a nice cold glass with dinner. Great tips, and your dog is adorable! Henry should make more cameos in your food photos!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  13. Your pup is adorable! Sun tea in a jar is the best kind of tea there is–wonderful post! And thanks for the Hawaiian Pita Pizza recipe–my husband and I made them for dinner last Wednesday, and it turned out wonderfully!

    - Kristen

  14. This is the cutest dog I’ve ever seen. And I’ve had three!

    - Marlis

  15. For some reason sun tea always tastes better.
    And that is the cutest dog. Ever.

    - Kat

  16. I adore Henry, what a cutie pie. Thanks for the excellent suggestions.

    - Diane

  17. Sun tea has the tendency to create bacteria. You may want to alter the length of time you steep. http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/suntea.asp

    My husband fills a jug with tea bags and hot water from the tap and steeps it on the kitchen counter for a while, then moves it to the fridge to cool down.

    - Panya

  18. Thanks, Adriene! :) He’s actually a Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie) — I love him!

    - ali

  19. Your pup is precious!!! What breed is Henry? He’s got the cutest face! :)

    - Adriene

  20. Oh my gosh – he is such a cutie – what a camera hog!

    - Ali's Mom