making iced tea in the sun

When I grew up in Latvia, my mother brewed her iced tea on the leading porch in sunlight.  And, oh, by the way, I love my tea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Elimination (CDC) telephone calls the tea (although we never called it this. We just called it “mom’s iced tea”) she made “sun tea.”

In 1996, the CDC released the infamous “Memo on Iced Tea INFECTIONS.” The memo was addressed to all or any epidemiologists and provided home elevators with iced tea security in response to the Deman department of local and status health.

Alert: Foodborne pathogens may continue in brewed tea, but also tea brewed at the right temperature with drinking water hot enough to destroy pathogens-the safety concern is mostly one of the conditions of the storage area and making sure the tea dispenser is cleaned and disinfected prior to use.

Tip:  Keeping water clean and free of pathogens is significantly easier if you’re using a home reverse osmosis system.  They are pretty affordable for above or below sink units.  Check out for more information on RO water.

The CDC summarized its findings on iced tea protection with the following factors:

1. Tea is one or two glasses with little record of disease transmission. Currently, CDC has not reported any outbreaks of an infection obviously associated with the use of tea.

2. Coliform bacteria can pollute tea leaves. If iced tea is brewed at limited temperatures or in an improperly washed urn, or if it is stored for too long, coliform bacteria, most often Klebsiella and Enterobacter, and less commonly E, may develop. Coli, it’s that. In particular, iced tea urn tap may provide a nidus for bacteria contamination.

3. Food handling problems that lead to the introduction or motivation of microbial pathogen replication in brewed tea can lead theoretically to individual disease.

4. Making iced tea at the right time in an extensively cleaned urn will reduce the theoretical threat of infection by reducing the amount of time spent in the room before serving.

Iced Tea Safeness Recommendations

Iced Tea Brewed at 195 F for 3-5 minutes. Iced tea should not be kept for more than eight times. Tea brewer daily cleaning, safety dispenser, and tap. The CDC explained that the theoretical threat of iced tea infections could be further reduced by redesigning tea dispensers to be dismantled and cleaned easier. Sun Tea Based on the CDC, “The practice of making sunshine tea by steeping tea handbags in a drinking water container in sunlight may pose a greater theoretical risk than producing tea at higher temperatures as it provides an environment where bacteria will survive and increase.