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Instant Pot Iced Tea Recipe

11 May

This Instant Pot iced tea recipe is easy to make.  You can turn on your Instant Pot and walk away with the tea brews.  The tea isn't bitter, so I prefer the taste.  You can make sweet or unsweet iced tea in Instant Pot if you prefer.


Summer just wasn't summer without my grandmother's iced tea.  She would make a gallon of sweet tea almost every day, so there was always a pitcher in the fridge  When I moved out on my own, I called her for the recipe.


For one gallon, she used 14 tea bags and 3 cups of sugar.  Needless to say, it was strong and sweet.  My husband loves real sweet tea, but he doesn't like bitter tea.





I've heard of the baking soda trick, but he hated it.  Yes, he could taste a quarter of a teaspoon in a gallon of tea.  He wouldn't drink my tea for about three years after I tried that.


I normally make sun tea just because it's easy and low maintenance.  It's not sweet though, and it tastes bitter.  


I've made infused water concentrate in my Instant Pot, so I thought why not use it to make an Instant Pot sweet tea recipe?  


Now I don't make tea any other way.  Instant Pot iced tea so easy because you can let the pressure cooker naturally release, so you don't have to babysit it.  


Instant Pot Iced Tea Recipe


Once you fill up the Instant Pot and turn it on, you can walk away without worrying about turning it off or having it boil over on the stove.


I was pleasantly surprised that making iced tea in the Instant Pot makes a smooth tea.  It's a gentle, smooth tea.  It's perfect for hot summer days.

I never make less than a gallon of sweet tea because that will only last for a day in my house.  I knew I couldn't make a whole gallon in my Instant Pot, so I played with this Instant Pot sweet iced tea recipe until I was able to make a strong enough tea that I could dilute with water to get just the right sweetness and strength.


Speaking of strength and sweetness, I don't like a super strong tea.  If you want your Instant Pot iced tea stronger, then you can use up to 14 tea bags or let the tea bags sit in the water longer.


Letting them sit longer could make your tea bitter.  My grandmother used to let the bags sit in the tea for several hours before she took them out.  


Can You Make Tea in Instant Pot?


Yes, the Instant Pot makes a great sweet tea recipe!  It's easy to use and won't heat up your kitchen.  



Why Use an Instant Pot to Make Iced Tea?


You've probably been making iced tea on the stove for years, so why should you make iced tea in Instant Pot?


Well, for one, the Instant Pot doesn't heat up your kitchen in the summer.  Using the stove does put off heat.


Besides that though, the Instant Pot raises the water's boiling point.  When water with tea bags in it boils for too long, it can make the  tea taste bitter.  


Water normally boils at 212 degrees.  At 15 psi, water boils at 250 degrees.  This higher temperature allows the tea to steep without making the Instant Pot iced tea bitter.


I have a 6 quart 6-in-1 Instant Pot.  I use it several times a week for all kinds of foods.  It's the perfect size for a family of 5.


How Many Tea Bags Do I Use For a Gallon of Sweet Tea?


You'll want to use 8-10 tea bags for a gallon of iced tea in Instant Pot.


What Does Baking Soda Do For Sweet Tea?


Baking soda is said to reduce the bitterness in tea.  I think it does work, but it can alter the taste of the tea.  


Learn how to make sweet tea on the stove that isn't bitter.





How Can I Make Tea Taste  Better Without Sugar?


If you don't want to use sugar, you can use a sugar substitute.  More on that below. 


You can also use berries to make a berry iced tea recipe or use peaches for a peach iced tea recipe.  For the adults, make a Crown Royal peach tea recipe.


You can also add lemon juice or mint to your Instant Pot iced tea recipe.


Instant Pot Sweet Tea Sweetener


As for the sweetener for your Instant Pot sweet tea, well, that's personal preference.  I won't judge you if you use sugar.  


If you don't want to use sugar or can't use it, I've heard that sugar substitutes work well in Instant Pot iced tea.  You can also omit it completely.


I think coconut sugar would work well in this Instant Pot sweet tea recipe.  It's my sweetener of choice because there's no bitter taste, and it has a lower glycemic index than sugar.  Monk fruit would also work well.


The Best Tea for Instant Pot Sweet Tea


I used regular tea to make Instant Pot sweet tea.  You can use your favorite tea.  This recipe will also work with green tea or white tea.  If you're feeling spunky, try adding some raspberry or peach tea bags for some flavor.


I prefer Lipton tea for my Instant Pot iced tea, but you can use your favorite brand.


Instant Pot Iced Tea Ingredients



Instant Pot Sweet Tea Directions


Step #1

Remove the tea bags from their wrappers and remove the paper tag.  You can tie them together if you want, but I just threw them in my Instant Pot.  


Step #2


Add 2 quarts water and sugar to your Instant Pot  Turn the valve to sealing and turn it on high pressure for 4 minutes.





Step #3


Mine took around 10 minutes to get to pressure.  After it's cooked for 4 minutes, let it naturally release for at least 15 minutes.  You can let it naturally release completely.  It won't hurt your tea to let it sit.
If you do decided to release the pressure, always use a spoon handle or something else to turn the valve so you don't get splattered with hot water.  Do short bursts so the water doesn't boil out.  


Step #4


Remove the tea bags with a set of tongs.  Squeeze them to get the tea out and set aside.  Let the tea cool until just warm.


Step #5


Fill a gallon pitcher about half way with ice.  Pour the Instant Pot sweet iced tea over it.  Then fill the pitcher with cold water.  I used less than 2 quarts because of the ice.


Save your tea bags.  I put the used tea bags in the fridge and use them again the next day to make more Instant Pot sweet tea.  Sometimes I'll add one or two new bags, but I usually just reuse the same ones.


I hope you enjoy this Instant Pot iced tea recipe!


This Instant Pot Sweet Tea recipe was originally published at Everything Pretty.


Instant Pot Iced Tea

Instant Pot Iced Tea

Yield
8
Author
Cari @ Koti Beth
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
25 Min
Total time
30 Min
How to make iced tea in Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts water for your Instant Pot
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 10 regular sized tea bags
  • 2 cups sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Remove the tea bags from their wrappers and remove the paper tag. You can tie them together if you want, but I just threw them in my Instant Pot.
  2. Add 2 quarts water and sugar to your Instant Pot Turn the valve to sealing and turn it on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  3. Mine took around 10 minutes to get to pressure. After it's cooked for 4 minutes, let it naturally release for at least 15 minutes. You can let it naturally release completely. It won't hurt your tea to let it sit.
  4. Remove the tea bags with a set of tongs. Squeeze them to get the tea out and set aside. Let the tea cool until just warm.
  5. Fill a gallon pitcher about half way with ice. Pour the Instant Pot sweet iced tea over it. Then fill the pitcher with cold water. I used less than 2 quarts because of the ice.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

195.72

Fat (grams)

0.00

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.01

Carbs (grams)

50.66

Fiber (grams)

0.00

Net carbs

50.66

Sugar (grams)

49.90

Protein (grams)

0.00

Sodium (milligrams)

14.74

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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