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HIC Snap Mesh Tea Ball Infuser, 18/8 Stainless Steel
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- Loose leaf tea infuser with 1.5-inch basket
- Made of 18/8 stainless steel; won't rust
- Enjoy loose leaf tea with the ease and convenience of tea bag teas
- Easy to remove from hot water; dishwasher safe
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Most people use teabags, because they're convenient. But, most unique and distinguished teas come in loose leaf form. By using loose leaf tea you also get the freshest tea, without bleached bag packaging (the classic tea bag). Have it all with the HIC Snap Mesh Tea Ball Infuser. This stainless steel devise allows you to have loose leaf tea with the ease and convenience of tea bag teas. Make tea fresh and exciting. Simply scoop your favorite loose leaf tea in scoop and place scoop into cup of hot water. Squeeze operated mechanical handle allows easy opening and secure closing. Made from 18/8 stainless steel so ball and screws will not rust or corrode. 1.5-inch tea ball. Packaged in attractive green packaging with Harold's Coffee & Tea printed on the front.
Stainless Steel Mesh Tea Infuser.,Made in China.
Top Customer Reviews
This little mesh ball is big enough to hold about a tablespoon of tea in each side (good luck loading up more than one side at a time!)
You can leave the tea submerged as long as you wish to steep it. I will note that sometimes you have to shake the ball a little bit to get the air bubbles to wet out and leg water get to the tea, but that's a function of physics, not really a function of the design of this product.
This item claims to be made of stainless steel. I can say that I have used this item 5 days a week for the past 18 months, washing it once a week, and have not yet seen any rust forming.
It is fairly easy to clean. I just rinse it out in the sink every day between uses, and wash it in the dishwasher once a week. I have found that this cleans better in the dishwasher if you can keep the infuser ball open during the cycle. I have found the best way to do this is to clamp the infuser down on a fork head, so that the ball is slightly open and facing down. This seems to get the water from the dishwasher in the infuser, and keeps it clean.
It is tall enough that I can leave it in a 16oz Tervis cup to steep, and still grab the hook on the top when done. I usually set the item so the rim of the infuser ball is on my cup, and let the water drain out. The only bad thing about a tea infuser is that you need a place to store it when it’s not in use. I suggest something small like a soy sauce dish, or use a disposable cup.
I would rank this a 5/5. The price point and the amount of uses I have gotten out of this item make it worth every penny. I would suggest this to anyone looking for a good brew of tea.
With this one, the netting is small enough, it catches *most* of the leaves. Rooibos is just super sneaky, so sometimes I wrap a paper towel around it before the plunge. I've had the first one I purchased for over a year and we always fought over who got this one and who would be the lucky one that didn't end up with embarrassing tea leaf in their teeth. I had to get another just to stop the kitchen battles!
THINGS TO BE CAREFUL WITH:
1) Make sure all the leaves are INSIDE the rim of the scoop before closing the scoop. If a bit is on the rim, it won't close all the way and the little tea leaf prisoners escape.
2) Don't ever dip the scoop in wet (like if you are going for round two!) It makes leaves stick to the outside and it hard to get off back in the bag. You *could* rinse it int he sink, but that would be wasting a very precious commodity!!
3) Don't be lazy like me and when you are done, rinse it out right away. If you let it dry on your tea rest, it glues together and the metal hinges are not quite strong enough to break it free. Just rinse it under hot water to loosen it up again then empty.