Monday, February 4, 2008
New tea bag holders
You just never know where you're going to find some new tea accessories. Over the weekend, I was on a different route home and needed to stop by the grocery store for Super Bowl snacks for my DH. Although I'm normally a Publix shopper, this day I stopped at Kroger. I decided to check out the tea aisle and found two items which came home with me. First, on sale for just $2 was this Lipton Green Tea with Orange, Passionfruit & Jasmine. I have been disappointed with most citrus teas I've tried, but this one was great and had a very orangey, fruity taste. I questioned the directions, which said to use boiling water (for green tea?) and steep for just 1 to 1-1/2 minutes. I steeped mine in boiling water for just a minute and a half and it was perfect. Who knew?
But even more fun was the discovery of these two little plastic teabag holders. If you can't see the words in the photo, the green one says "The Tea Bagger" and the white one says "Tea Bag Holder." I've seen vintage plastic holders like these but never new ones. And you know what else? They're made in the USA by the Arrow Plastic Manufacturing Co. in Elk Grove, IL. I cannot remember the last time I bought a plastic item made in the U.S. Cool!
These two will be added to a small collection of tea bag holders, which include these glass, plastic and china varieties. My nicest tea bag holder is the blue Spode one at top right (a set of these was a Christmas gift from a tea lover friend), and the most whimsical is the Florida one. I like the variety of these tea accessories, and it has occurred to me I ought to have them on display. Hmmm ...