Have you ever thought something would be simple to use, only to discover otherwise?
I wanted a container for iced tea and was thrilled when my mother gifted me with one I had been dreaming of, the kind with a built-in tea strainer.
After unpacking the box, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the colorful manual, which I hoped would reveal how to make hot tea infusions, iced tea infusions, and cold beverages with fruit infusions.
The manual lay inside the closed tea container, reminding me of a ship in a bottle. I couldn’t figure out how it got there and how I’d get it out. When I tried twisting the lid off, it stayed on. To top it off, I was trying to keep my lid on as I turned and twisted, twisted and turned. Had the company manufactured the container around the manual? I didn’t have a clear picture of how it got inside the pitcher.
3-2-1 lift off! The lid came loose and I grabbed the instructions while I had the chance. They were minimal, just a few sentences. Obviously, I didn’t need to be a rocket scientist. But maybe being a tea scientist would have helped (just teasing).
I decided to first make iced tea and work my way up from there. I followed the directions to a T, adding loose leaves to the strainer, cool water to the container, putting the lid back on, and placing the container in the fridge. “Infuse for one hour,” I read.
After two hours, I did a taste test. While it didn’t taste like chicken, it also didn’t taste like my lemon balm, licorice, lavender tea leaves concoction.
I strained to understand why my iced tea wasn’t. No matter. I’d move on. I’d try making hot tea.
I heated water for the next infusion. I didn’t boil it. The instructions said not to (I didn’t want to be in a lot of hot water). I added heated water to the container. I needed more, so I filled up my teapot and turned on the burner.
While waiting for the water to warm up, I reread the directions. This time I saw the fine print. Turns out it takes eight hours to make iced tea.
Whoever said, “patience is a virtue” was right. Next time I’ll tell myself, just chill.