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I have a good herb garden going and bought a glass infusion jar to keep on my counter, thinking I could make a tea with some of my herbs and then drink from the room temperature jar for awhile.<br><br>
We made a tea yesterday with fresh mint and some goji berries - just put them in, let it sit in the sun all day, then removed the herbs and berries. And, this morning already, it is moldy!<br><br>
What can I brew in this jar that won't mold?<br><br>
Thanks for any tips.
 

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I don't know of anything. Most teas I make mold after just a day or two at room temp. I don't think keeping it at room temp will work.
 

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Anything like that will get moldy keeping it at room temp.<br><br>
I have mint and goji berries I might try that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br>
Sun tea is brewed at *just* the right temperature to grow things. Can the jar handle hot water? Is it made for brewing tea?
 

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No, you can't put hot water in the jar. Just cold or room temp. So I either have to sunbrew in the jar or brew out of the jar and cool before adding...<br><br>
Thanks for tips!<br><br>
What about just putting some lemon slices in water? I wonder if that will mold...
 

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Introducing any sort of botanicals to water will mold if it is kept at room temperature unless it is very salty or very acidic and no sugar.<br><br>
Lemon slices will mold.<br><br>
I would put anything in the fridge. I make tea everyday but I make a fresh batch everyday or I put it in the fridge. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yep, just keep it in the fridge. I use mint from my garden and have had the mint tea with the leaves still in it left in the pitcher in my fridge for a couple days without any problems. But I use near boiling water to make my tea. I'd probably get another pot that you can use very hot water in and store in the fridge.
 

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Unfortunately, it's a large countertop glass jar that won't fit in a fridge. I guess I'll just have to use it for plain water <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Room temp is definitely the problem. Even water in a jar like that *could* get a bit icky quickly. Fresh running room temp water is okay, but sitting still encourages bacteria and mold to grow.<br><br>
You could make the sun tea stronger than you ultimately want and add ice to the jar to preserve it longer. Lemonade or even lemon/citrus slices with some herbs, too. Add ice to plain water, too.<br><br>
If, like me, you prefer room temp for drinking pleasure/preference, then let just your glass of the beverage warm up to room temp before drinking it. I do that with most beverages out of the fridge. (My kidneys strongly prefer room temp or warm beverages.)
 
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