Here’s a question… What do you do with the tea bag once you’ve finished steeping a cup of tea? If you are a tea bag squeezer, you are not alone. In fact, it is quite common to press a spoon against the suspended tea bag squeezing it against the inside of the cup to extract every last drop of tea.
It is such a common occurrence that a number of products have been created to make the job of squeezing the tea bag much easier. But are you really getting anything more out of that tea bag that is going to improve your cup of tea? Actually, you are enhancing that freshly brewed cup.
What Happens When You Squeeze The Tea Bag?
The act of squeezing a tea bag releases more tannic acid into your cup. Tannic acid is antimicrobial which means it kills germs. It is also anticarcinogenic which prevents cells from becoming cancerous. Tannic acid is antimutagenic (stops cells from changing) and antioxidative (prevents free radicals from damaging cells). Tannic acid can also lower blood pressure.
It is also tannic acid that gives tea the sour, astringent or bitter taste you have come to expect from it. When you squeeze the tea bag you are changing the taste of the tea slightly. If you are a habitual squeezer, try drinking a few cups without over-squeezing and you should note a difference.
The Best Tea Bag Squeezers Available
If you like to squeeze your teabags to get the most out of your cup of tea, there are a number of products designed specifically to squeeze tea bags. As the average tea bag can split when you use a spoon to press a tea bag against your cup, one of the following tea accessories will be able to help you out.
Norpro 5528 Stainless Squeezer Silver
This is a common design for tea bag tongs. You simply grasp the tea bag with these tongs and gently squeeze. The design ensures that there is no dripping and no mess left behind.
Made of stainless steel, these tea bag squeezer tongs are easy to clean. They measure 5.25-inches and will firmly hold any size tea bag.
HIC Harold Stainless Steel Squeezer
The design of this 18/8 stainless steel tea bag squeezer allows you to gently extract the remaining drops of tea in any tea bag. It is made to be comfortable in your hand and to be durable.
The compact size permits easy storage. Meant to be reusable, this particular design is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Primula Tea Bag Buddy
This is far more than just your average kind of tea accessories. The innovative design of this product makes it a multipurpose tool you will want to keep near your teapot.
It can be used as a lid to keep the steam contained as your tea brews in a cup and it lets you drain the tea bag with a firm grip that won’t drop it into your cup.
Tupperware Squeezer Holder
This item is actually called a tea bag squeezer gadget and measures 5.75-inches in length and 2.75-inches at its widest point. It folds in half to squeeze the tea bag and collects the squeezed liquid on a lipped edge.
This product comes in various colors to fit your kitchen décor.
Squeezmo SQ201G Tea Squeeze
Designed to fit in your hand, this item is a World Tea Expo Award Winner. Made from US FDA-grade silicone, you just put your tea bag inside of this gadget after brewing and squeeze.
It is dishwasher safe and can be used over and over. Plus, with this item available in different colors, you can purchase more than one so everyone in your household has their own.
Thanks to the creation of tea tongs squeezer accessories, you can always get the last drop out of a used tea bag. Whether or not you like the taste of the extra bitterness that comes from the tannic acid squeezed out of the tea bag is up to you. You can always add sugar or honey to soften the taste. Regardless, squeezing your tea bag just got easier thanks to these great tea accessories.