What is the difference between a tea strainer and a tea infuser? Unlike tea strainers, tea infusers usually hold a certain amount of tea leaves, and release flavor from small holes. They are a good option for tea blends and flavored teas that you plan to steep only once and when you are making tea for one person only. Use them for lower to medium quality tea.
How do you use a tea infuser in a teapot? Here’s a brief summary to break it down for you in steps:
Fill your tea infuser with tea. Place it in a cup or teapot and top with warm or boiling water. Let the tea release its flavors via the infuser and steep for 2-5 minutes. Remove the tea infuser and enjoy your drink.
Can I use a teapot without an infuser? Though this is easiest to do with a spouted vessel (like a teapot or small pitcher), any brewing vessel and strainer will do, even a mug and kitchen strainer. Brew the leaves in one mug, then pour the liquid through the strainer into a second mug for drinking.
Can you use tea bags in a teapot infuser? All tea infusers have small holes that prevent tea leaves from getting into your cup, which makes brewing tea very easy. They are great for steeping almost any loose tea leaves. However, tea infusers are not suitable for tea powders, or tea dust and fannings from tea bags.