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ClaireK



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: Used t-bags  Reply with quote

Ive heard of used t-bags being used to revive tired eyes (ive done this myself and it works) but wouldnt have thought of using my old t-bags for some of these!!


https://wastelesssavemore.sainsbu...-teabags?_sm_au_=irsF551NrN0DS3MF

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I now split the used tea bags with my fingers and empty the spent contents in to our compost bin. and then dispose of the empty bag in the general household bin.

I have found over the last 12 months or so that a lot of teabags will not decompose because the makers are now including plastic based fibres in the weave of the bags. This also includes many of the herbal and fruit teas brands that I like so much.

I knew about tea bags in the washing up and for rust removal, and I have often used them to stain both wood and PVA based wood adhesives which I use to contrast the glue line against very light colour timbers such as Beech, Birch and Pine or to blend in the glue line in with darker timbers including oak.

I have stained matchstick covered tubes with placed tea bags then wrapped with cling film to hold them in place, and when removed a couple days later I get an effect similar to Leopard spots which I quite like.

I had not heard of or even considered using dried used tea leaves for smoking food, and I just may try this a little later on in the spring.

And as for ice cold lemon tea...............well that is my favourite hot day refresher
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of those ideas are excellent….the tea bag down the bottom of the pot before putting in compost, for instance.
On the whole I do as Gareth does with them these days; some of them just do not rot down in the compost bins, and it's a messy footer seperating them out afterwards.
They ought to come with 'compostable' written on the boxes, so that I can avoid those that won't.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So nobody makes another cuppa with them?  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mo wrote:
So nobody makes another cuppa with them?  

If I use one to make a cup o tea I then throw it in the tea pot for another go  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sod wrote:
Mo wrote:
So nobody makes another cuppa with them?  

If I use one to make a cup o tea I then throw it in the tea pot for another go  


Noooooooo! That is just soooo wrong!    

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good tea I'll top up the pot, but not for teabags. I've been collecting ours in a small pail and I'm going to use them to water things like the trees, the heathers, etc.,

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds interesting. I've used them on the horses' eyes for years, when they get sticky eyes in Summer - never thought of using them on myself though! (think I'll stick to cucumber)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gareth wrote:

I had not heard of or even considered using dried used tea leaves for smoking food, and I just may try this a little later on in the spring.


Make sure that you line the wok, or whatever you use, with a double layer of thick foil; otherwise you're likely to need your grinder to do the washing up! The mix of tea, rice and sugar (preferably brown) makes a right mess!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not make an arty statement with them
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39131149

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

midlandsman wrote:
Gareth wrote:

I had not heard of or even considered using dried used tea leaves for smoking food, and I just may try this a little later on in the spring.


Make sure that you line the wok, or whatever you use, with a double layer of thick foil; otherwise you're likely to need your grinder to do the washing up! The mix of tea, rice and sugar (preferably brown) makes a right mess!

MM



I am thinking along the lines of tea bags used to make a lemon tea dried and then lightly sprinkled over the top of the saw dust in my cold smoker.











Spoiler:

When I was guest of Her Majesty a good few years back and desperate for a smoke, on more than one occasion I've hand rolled dried used tea leaves and smoked them..... not that good, but it filled a gap.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That'll be an interesting one. I wonder whether the base wood smoke will overpower it, or whether the tea will shine through.

I'll watch with interest.

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