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How can I seal a crack in a teapot in a foodsafe manner?

Potter here. Those cracks are very bad, and are the kind that will continue to spread each time the teapot heats and cools; I doubt you have too many uses before it falls apart entirely. You should ...
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Can I drink black tea that’s 13 years past its best by date?

If the tea still smells fine and looks fine – dry, no visible change in colour or growth of any anything on the tea – then it should be safe to consume. After such a long time the flavour is likely to ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

I can see you getting 5 answers to this, all correct in the opinion of the poster, with vociferous arguments developing beneath each ;) So, let me try pre-empt them all. Traditional, traditional, ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

There is no definitive way to make tea, it isn't like Italy's Accademia Italiana della Cucina declaring one recipe to be the official classic Bolognese ragu or Neapolitan pizza having the art of its ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

Other answers cover well the issues of whether you should use teabags or loose leaves, what type of cup to use, how long to brew for, in what order to add the milk, etc. — and why some of those are a ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

I've seen a lot of silly answers out there (not any of the others here by the way), so I'm going to say that the proper way is the way most people do it here in the UK. The vast majority of tea made ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

Already some great answers covering the question in detail, but I believe they all miss a little of the minutiae surrounding the use of tea bags which I think could be visited. (I would however agree ...
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How can I seal a crack in a teapot in a foodsafe manner?

There really isn't a foodsafe practical repair method. If you had a pottery kiln you could attempt re-firing it, but if you had a kiln your time would be better spent making a new teapot and letting ...
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My mint tea tastes like a weed

Check your mint, as not all mints taste good. Avoid Orange Mint, which smells minty and tastes like orange-zested peppermint dirt. Chocolate mint? Not in tea, either. A similar fooler is the wine-...
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Can I drink black tea that’s 13 years past its best by date?

It won't taste good. It won't be safe if there is dry mold (usually white) in it or the tea is all clumped together in a block.
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Caffeine content in brewed tea

You won't be able to directly measure the caffeine content without lab equipment. You can use estimates, but the caffeine content of tea varies between different varieties, and varies by the ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

If you want to make a cup of loose leaf tea as opposed to a pot, use a tea infuser. There are various designs. I prefer the ball with handle style as shown here, because You can get it completely ...
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Can I drink black tea that’s 13 years past its best by date?

How about 30 years? https://taiwanleaftea.com/rare-tea/30-years-aged-oolong-lao-cha As others have said, make sure it was dry the whole time.
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How can I seal a crack in a teapot in a foodsafe manner?

Take it to a dentist and have them fill the crack with tooth repair epoxy, the kind that's UV cured. A good dentist can even match most off-white colors, the repair should be invisible. I don't ...
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What is the English name for Burmese Black Tea?

From all the reading I have done and from checking and comparing images I figure that this tea is Assam Tea or Camellia sinesis var. assamica (Masters) dried leafs.
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Improving my microwave chai tea - Suggestions?

"Chai tea" usually refers to masala chai, which would be brewed with a lot of spices. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to get closer to that, you can add cardamom, ginger, cloves, ...
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How can I seal a crack in a teapot in a foodsafe manner?

Foodsafe isn't the issue. Burn-safe is. Cracks in ceramic tend to spread, first slowly and almost invisibly, then catastrophically. There's a stress concentration at the tip of the crack, which you ...
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tea tastes / smells slightly acidic

Your water's not hot enough. It's not a tea I've tried myself, so a little google-fu was employed to find the consensus is boiling water, for one minute steep/brew/mash. I found similar instructions ...
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