I posted a picture earlier today on my Facebook page of a glass of “Sweet Tea” and it said it goes with everything. I got a bit of flack from a few people via email and private posts that it does not go with Diabetes. This I do know. I was in no way trying to offend any of my followers. My step father and maternal grandmother are both diabetic and I know the struggle they go through daily in what they can eat and drink.
I myself drink almost nothing but “sweet” tea. I will tell you though that I have not drank sweet tea made with sugar in more years than I can count. I make mine with “Stevia”. I know that some of you are now saying that artificial sweeteners are bad for you as well. I agree that they are not the best for you and that is why I chose the one I did. After researching as much as possible I found this to be the best overall sweetener for what I was looking for and what fits my needs. We ALL need to make the best choices that fit our individual lifestyle and likes. As I always say, “everything is good in moderation”.
So I thought I’d show y’all how I make my “artificial” Sweet Tea.
How to Make Southern-Style, Sugar-Free, Sweet Iced Tea ~ For a Diabetic
- Put about 2 quarts of water in a large pan and bring to boil.
- Pour 4 cups of artificial sweetener into a 1-gallon pitchers.
- Once your water comes to a boil, pour it into the pitcher containing with the sweetener
- Being Very Careful, stir the mixture. Be careful not to get burned by the boiling water or the steam. IT IS HOT
- Place 6-8 family size tea bags into the pitcher of water with the bags’ strings draped over the side of the pitcher. ( I either put the lid on or tape them to the side so they don’t fall in)
- Let this sit for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Each of us should experiment to get the exact flavor we want. I found about 2 hours works for me.
- Once done steeping, remove and squeeze out the water from tea bags, draining the excess into the pitcher.
- Now finish filling the gallon pitcher with water to the 1-gallon mark. (this is a concentrate and will make 4 gallon pitchers when used)
- Keep refrigerated.
To make the tea:
- To make a gallon of tea from the “concentrate” you made earlier….. pour 1 quart of the concentrate into an empty 1-gallon pitcher.
- Now fill the remaining way with water to the 1 gallon mark. (experiment on how much of each to add for your desired taste. A bit more “concentrate” for sweeter and stronger tea taste, or less for less sweet and lighter tea taste.)
- Y’all just made your very own Sugar Free Sweet Tea. Make sure you keep both refrigerated.
Just a note. I made this at our last family gathering and made the whole 4 gallons at once in a very large (of course) glass serving vessel. I added a 1 gallon sized freezer bag of peaches my mom had put up earlier that summer and made peach tea. It was great. (p.s. mom made her frozen peaches with artificial sweetener so grandma and my step dad could eat them so this was still a totally “NO Sugar Added” tea.)
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