Keep cool and stay safe when brewing tea this summer. Brewing your own tea is one of the easiest ways to save money and cut your energy costs. Try my thrifty trick for flavoring a whole pitcher of iced tea with one bag of herbal tea.
Is brewing sun tea dangerous?
Probably not. In 1996, the U.S. Center for Disease Control wrote a memo [PDF here] to health officials saying that there were essentially no reported cases of sickness from iced tea but that brewing tea slowly in the sun had a "higher theoretical risk than brewing tea at higher temperatures." Why take any risk with you can get more robust flavor by brewing sun tea in hotter water using a simple solar cooker?