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Old 23rd November 2006, 16:29   #1 (permalink)
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Turkish tea using Turkish Teapot

I have made a purchase of a traditional turkish teapot and glasses etc. as I much prefer drinking out of these and love the Turkish tea. Any tips from anyone who uses one of these would be much appreciated along with what tea to buy - can it be tea bags (Turkish not English tea)or is loose better?

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Old 23rd November 2006, 16:40   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Turkish tea using Turkish Teapot

Lindy,
We have a Turkish teapot in our Turkish house. Neighbour have give me some lesson on how to make a proper brew. The idea seems to be that you boil the water in the bottom section, spoon an awful lot of tea into the top section then fill up the top section with the boiling water, sit it back on top of the bottom section and leave it on the heat for quite a long time. Pour the tea to about two-thirds the way up to the top of the glass and top up with boiling water. It is important that the tea is scalding hot and sugar lumps are preferable to granulated. Can't help you with the brand of tea but would say that tealeaves would be better than teabags.

Prefer weak tea with lots of milk myself.

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Re: Turkish tea using Turkish Teapot

this is the way i make my tea.

fill the bottom part with water, then throw in 5-6 tea bags and put a little water in the top, just to moisten the tea bags, this is so that it steams while the bottom part is boiling. once you have a boil down below, you fill the top part half full, then fill the bottom part up again and bring it to a boil, then you simmer it for about 10 mins top. then you pour first the top part which is a concentrate into your tea glass, always have a spoon in the glass to prevent the glass from breaking, then you pour water in to fill the rest of the glass. the best time to drink the tea is within 10 minutes of it steeping, then u keep the pot on a low simmer for as long as you are drinking tea, replendishing water in the upper part as you need.

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Old 23rd November 2006, 17:21   #4 (permalink)
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Yes. Pebble has explained exactly how our neighbours make proper Turkish tea except that they use tealeaves. Think I'll print out pebble's method for future reference.
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Re: Turkish tea using Turkish Teapot

well i would use tea leaves but they are such a hassle to clean up.......they have extra big tea bags here, round ones, that are specifically for pots of tea.
some people are real picky about their tea and say that they can taste the paper of the tea bags, well, i'n not picky at all, i cant taste the paper of the tea bags.......nothing beats a good cup of tea though......
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OMG Pebble Ayip
You were my heroine when it came to cooking anything Turkish and now you have gone and blown it all away! Tea Bags? You cannot make Turkish Çay with tea bags. It is like using margarine instead of butter!
Lindy follow the instructions as given but use loose tea. Caykur in a yellow packet is the most common and has a nice colour and flavour. I personally use Filiz because I am a snob....yup and I live in Fethiye Put the water in the big bottom kettle and bring it to the boil. Into the small pot put a spoonful of tea for each person and one for the pot. Leave the small pot on top to keep warm. When the water underneath has boiled, pour it onto the leaves up to the base of the spout. Replace on the big pot, lower the heat and allow to brew for at least 15 minutes. You will know when it is ready because instead of clear water with a glob of tea leaves floating in the middle, you should now have a nice deep reddish brew. Serve as previously mentioned and the stronger you like your tea the less hot water you top it up with. Enjoy.

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Re: Turkish tea using Turkish Teapot

well...MTC..i use tea bags ..(but on the sly.)..so there..bloody hell..the amount of swollen tea leaves that comes out of a little pot..too much work for me...maybe they will make good fertilizor..for parsnips.

you can sing this to the tune of raindrops keep falling on my head..
''parsnips are sprouting in the post
just like the tea leaves that are clogging up my drains
wont get flushed away..ohh
i'm not complaining
for the parsips will flourish in the leaves
when they come to view.....dadad
sorry folks..bit of a private joke i had to get in...
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Re: Turkish tea using Turkish Teapot

Me too, I also use those large tea bags and much easier for clean up. 2-4 bags depending on how many glasses of tea to make. The brand I use is "Deren demlik poset cay".

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Re: Turkish tea using Turkish Teapot

I use tea bags too.
I can't hold the top of the tea pot,the bottom of the tea pot and the strainer too !!!
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Re: Turkish tea using Turkish Teapot

Thanks MKC, perfect recipe for çay
And I completely agree with MTC about the bags

What about an ihlamur recipe now
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