Friday, April 11, 2008
A fine straining solution
Do you love rooibos like I do? I don't think I've ever tried a rooibos I didn't like, and this one is Key Lime rooibos from Teavana. The only thing I *don't* like about rooibos is that the tea is too fine to be captured by most of the tea strainers I own. Sure, you can use a paper tea filter, but sometimes I just really want to see and sip the filtered tea. I've tried making it in a tea press, and that just resulted in a royal mess.
So I was particularly happy last weekend to find this mesh-style tea strainer and drip catcher at T.J. Maxx for just $4.99. It even has a design of the tea leaf on the handles of both pieces. I've got a similar mesh-style tea strainer with a teapot at the end of the handle, but the thing is several years old and is looking a little ragged for wear.
I'd love to hear what you use when making rooibos tea. Paper filter? Strainer? Tea press? And do you use different types of strainers for different types of tea? Any advice would be most welcome!