I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tea Infusers

Hello Everyone!

Since I'm going to be traveling to England and Scotland this summer, I thought I would study up on "Things to Know about Tea."  I'm so excited to about the wonderful world of Infusers and some of the history about the use of a Tea Infuser and the evolution of steeping.

A tea infuser is a device in which loose tea leaves are placed for steeping, usually in a cup; it is often called a tea ball or tea maker, and sometimes a tea egg. The tea infuser gained popularity in the first half of the 19th century. By the time of Queen Victoria no respectable British household would be without one.


Tea infusers enable one to easily steep tea from fannings and broken leaf teas. 


I have collected various kinds of tea infusers including the disposable tea bag.


My favorite is my grandmother's silver infuser with a hinged top to open and close.  The tea caddy in the box of loose tea was my great-grandmother's and her initials are engraved on the back of the spoon.  In England during the late 1800's most silverware had the family initials engraved on the handle.



Some Vintage Lace is a Lovely Legacy.
I made the black tray and added a piece of vintage Battenburg fabric.
The vintage white lace apron I found at an estate sale.




The real beauty of lace is that it can be used in a variety of ways.




While not common, a French press may be used as a tea infuser.  However, most teas are only infused for a limited time and then removed from the water so that the drink does not become bitter.


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Betty
Inspiration:
courtesy to Tea Time/Jan-Feb 2011
courtesy to Bliss Victoria Jan-Feb 2010



13 comments:

  1. I love tea and enjoy going out for tea on occasion. Tea rooms are a fun outing for girls of all ages.I used an infuser many years ago when I first started making tea. All this talk about tea is making me want some...(I have tea every morning)

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  2. I am so excited for your upcoming trip - sounds like a dream. I have several of the diffusers - just love going to Teavana - a loose leaf store - smells heavenly - there's so many wonderful teas to select from - I had never thought to use a french press - This is definitely a very lovely post!
    Thank you for joining A Return to Loveliness!
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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  3. Lovely, what a wonderful and pretty tray. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Your trip sounds wonderful and you'll have so many memories of drinking tea there I'm sure.
    Very interesting info on the tea infusers, I have one of the old eggs that pulls apart but these days, favour a teapot with a built in infuser.
    Judith

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  5. I am sure you are going to have a fabulous time in England and Scotland. Your information is so interesting to read. I love your gold trimmed tea cups and your families tea things.
    How wonderful that you have them!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful trip, Betty!
    Beautiful tea cups, treasures!

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  7. Betty, won't you have a wonderful trip! Your infusers are real treasures and thank you for sharing them with us here on Tea Tuesday. Your teacup is lovely too!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  8. Very lovely. Have a wonderful trip this summer. What a wonderful journey. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  9. Hello there dear Betty,

    I have so enjoyed your..,

    pretty and informative teapost for this week. So romantic and with the promise of a fabulous trip to come!

    Thanks so much for joining us once again for TTTT and also my 70th,'Tuesday Tea For Two'!..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

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  10. Lovely post. I look foward to hearing more information about tea as you prepare for your delightful trip. So glad you could share your pretty tea tray with us.
    Look forward to seeing you soon.
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  11. May I come along in your luggage? England and Scotland, OMgosh how wonderful that trip will be. I love this post, especially the beautiful gold rim tea cups. My mom had dishes much like that, that my oldest daughter and I share now. I will be expecting to see many beautiful photos of your trip. Blessings.

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  12. Me again, I thought I was following you already, but was not. However, now I am your newest follower. Again, Blessings.

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Betty

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