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« on: April 27, 2008, 12:00:31 AM »

I haven't tried it, but a staple of Southern Cuisine will be marred forever with the introduction of their Sweet Tea, now available at MacDonalds. It isn't fair to migrate a TEA or any living creature out of their native enviroment - we don't even know that Sweet Tea can survive the climates in the Northern State, and what ecological disasters could  follow: mudslides, earthquakes, and of course Tornadoes which frankly we do not have enough trailer parks here to support.

If the Sweet tea dies off as a species, don't say I didn't warn you all. We must never forget sweet tea and how it has survived both a Revolutionary and Civil War and both times it chose to remain in the south.

But man has yet again attempted to play God, and where Sweet Tea goes, there go we. No I think it is official, the day of recogning is upon us, as the beast's name is MacDonalds.
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008, 12:03:24 AM »

yuk.  sugar in ice tea  tongue  .

had to beg the southern baptist ladies running the kitchen during katrina to make a jug of plain ice tea for those of us not from the south.  i'm sure they thougt we were nuts.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008, 12:18:15 AM »

UGH, I'm with Kathy! tongue  I'll save my sugar ration for ice cream grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008, 02:33:42 AM »

Sweet tea is well, too sweet, for me. I am a green tea fan, Arizona style.


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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2008, 07:21:17 AM »

Well I have tried thier sweet tea and it does taste good, but not like mamma made it. tongue  Does anyone put lemon in their tea?
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2008, 07:26:11 AM »

Well I have tried thier sweet tea and it does taste good, but not like mamma made it. tongue  Does anyone put lemon in their tea?


Come on Dallas, tea ain't tea without the lemon!! grin

Hey, mint's a good addition too.


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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2008, 09:14:18 AM »

Sweet ice tea with or without lemon is like nectar from the GODS. I drink a couple of gallons per week. I do use splenda instead of sugar.

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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2008, 12:03:35 PM »

Sweet ice tea with or without lemon is like nectar from the GODS. I drink a couple of gallons per week. I do use splenda instead of sugar.

Steve

Sorry Steve, but sweet tea ain't sweet tea unless its got real sugar in it, and lots of it. Its a southern thing, I should know. I wish I had a dollar for every time dining out someone said "sweet tea" or unsweet.


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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2008, 12:34:28 PM »

JP got it right.  Nothing is better, accept of course Honey Tea. Ummm, Ummm, Ummm!
Unfortunately, I've had to give up all sweets. Its a waistline thing.  Got to the point I couldn't find my feet. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2008, 12:54:04 PM »

Man after reading this I can tell Im from the Ole South.Sweet tea  huh  is not two words, its one or at least thats how we say it in South Georgia.  grin
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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2008, 01:12:55 PM »

I just can't stand sweet tea.  Brewed iced tea needs lemon, maybe mint, nothing more!  I've had sweet tea exactly twice when I was down south, and will never bother with it again.  Blech!
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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2008, 01:51:28 PM »

JP, I agree, real sugar is the only REAL way, but I not have to control my sugar intake...diabetes.

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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2008, 04:29:48 PM »

JP, I agree, real sugar is the only REAL way, but I not have to control my sugar intake...diabetes.

Steve

I hear you Steve, I was just noting that in keeping with the true def of sweet tea, its brewed tea that's loaded down with table sugar. Btw, the wifey and I had some bbq a lil while ago and of course there was sweet tea and unsweet tea as one of the drink choices. I had coke, the wife had 1/2 sweet,1/2 unsweet.


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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2008, 07:39:49 PM »

My answer to the whole matter is to wait until I go somewhere that has Sweet Tea as common as finding coffee everywhere else. Then order it. The Ventrilo Gang has moved the MAson-Dixon Line up to Central PA now, not sure if that goes into Central, NJ - but I know that "Dang North NJ will NEVER be allowed to cross into the South - they will have to "pry a cold Sweet Tea from my dead hands" before the Northern NJers ever join the South.

From Central (north of me) to Southern NJ(South of me) as you see I am in the most geographical Northern part of Southern New Jersey, we have the feel of the South, just not the acreage or the lack of congested roads.  - The NNJ gang is more City Folk, from the nastier NJ cities to NYC itself.

I'll wait until I travel South again for Sweet-Tea, until then it is Sweet and Low in my unsweatened iced-tea for me.

Do you say ICED-TEA or ICE TEA? We say "iced-tea" in my home Smiley

Just something else to ponder.


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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2008, 07:44:01 PM »

Hey John, ice tea here.


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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2008, 08:16:52 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2008, 11:11:40 PM »

So Far JP, you re in a minority - 2 to 1 hehe!

It is interesting how things are said so differently, often only miles apart. There is a section of Manchester Township called Beckerville, it is nearly Heavy Hill-Folk, North Carolina accents andit is only about 50 homes and 5 square miles, mostly open land.

Yep, Ice"d" Tea it is here, JUST as we use TARTAR SAUCE on shimp or fish filets, no way would a Northern Boy use that cocktail sauce on any good piece of fried seafood - in RAW absolutely Cocktail - but rarely do I disguise the natural delicious flavors of seafoods with anything that masks flavor.

I think the single most enjoyed recipe I have is VERY PATTED DRY FRESH OYSTERS double dipped in a flavored flour then purr egg batter - twice to the flour and then either shallow oil fry or deep fry them. Deep fry, they keep their shape better and aren't prone to getting brittled if needing an extra flip or two in shallow oil. Deep is always best, it only needs to cover whatever it is you are cooking by a 1/2 inch.

Ummmmm Fried Oysters - haven't had a goodo ne in 2 years, time to break down and buy a pound or two, our local (2 miles away - even closer to the new house - lol) is a great fishery/eatery - fast turn over of quality fish - not cheap, a little tourity for me (too sea-fairing looking for something 16 miles inland - lol.) but good oysters. I think I have dinner planned tomorrow.

Oh yeah..... What were we talking about, oh I wanted to tell you we have a town near here called FORKED RIVER - it is pronouced here Fork, Ed-River - not forked, it is 4 silables long. It was funny a NEW young weather guy was opening one morning and said Forked, not Fork'ed River and during commercial, did he get a local geography lesson on town names - he actually appologized for saying it wrong, "I'll never say it Wrong'ed again!" it was cute Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2008, 12:05:31 AM »

I've tried their sweettea . I like it . Here in South Central Kentucky everyone drinks sweettea .
Here is something else that may seem weird to people not from here , All softdrinks are called cokes
Pepsie is called coke , 7 Up is called coke etc.
(example) I'm going to the corner store to get a coke .  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2008, 06:35:14 AM »

I've tried their sweettea . I like it . Here in South Central Kentucky everyone drinks sweettea .
Here is something else that may seem weird to people not from here , All softdrinks are called cokes
Pepsie is called coke , 7 Up is called coke etc.
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Aren't all paper towels Scott towels? Wink


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« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2008, 11:55:59 AM »

There is a very specific way to make sweet tea, that I learned from an old Southern gentleman when I lived in Atlanta.  The sugar must be added when the tea is still warm, so that is dissolves properly!   grin  Anything else is just tea with sugar added. Of course he also insisted that the sugar to tea ratio was also not negotiable, but I'm not sure I believe that. 

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« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2008, 12:03:02 PM »

Our local McDonalds must mess it up.  It's not worth trying here.  Bandana's BBQ here in town has a sweet tea that passes the taste buds of my Texas friends, but for now I'm passing on the McDonald's version.

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« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2008, 01:06:16 PM »

Like so many the from the north who think everyone from the south is a redneck!  Doesn't matter what your position is in life you'll always be a redneck in to them. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2008, 03:14:26 PM »

I tried McD's sweet tea, and nope, not impressed.  Too much sugar, not enough flavor.  Like most crap designed for the masses.

Apologies to those southerners if Mcd's got the formula close and that is what it is supposed to be, but I doubt it.

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« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2008, 04:55:42 PM »

Here it tastes to me like they are trying to stir it in and not cook it in.  It makes a big difference.  It also taste to me like they are using a poor quality tea.

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« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2008, 08:04:52 PM »

Here it tastes to me like they are trying to stir it in and not cook it in.  It makes a big difference.  It also taste to me like they are using a poor quality tea.

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They may just not sell enough tea. If you let tea sit too long without keeping it cold it starts to taste nasty, sweet or unsweet. Brewed tea really should be refrigerated if you don't go through fast. I can always tell when yankees let their tea sit too long because it tastes like it.

I've heard sweet iced tea called the table wine of the south. (I grew up in Memphis, where it's hot and flat and cotton is still king.)

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« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2008, 12:48:21 AM »

I like Tarter Sauce with my Fish (Halibut) & Chips, don't ruin the fish with it but it's better than Catsup on the fries. 
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« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2008, 09:19:58 AM »

My own tartar sauce is great on the fish but has to be mixed w/catsup for the fries, sour cream mixed w/catsup is good for fries too!! grin  Jody
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Hmmm... around here, we each ketchup with our fries. rolleyes  My kids eat pretty much anything with ketchup.
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« Reply #28 on: April 29, 2008, 01:24:25 PM »

My Mom always did fries and gravy - it was her favorite side dish, a good dark gravy, thick too and a nice pile of fries.

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« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2008, 02:19:29 PM »

I think their tea is good.  I went in the other day to grab a $1 tea and they were making large batches right there.  (doing it correctly by adding sugar to the warm tea).  Of course, for a $1 I can make a huge batch at home.

Here, sweet tea is the only way to go.  Especially when enjoying a chicken biscuit from Chick-fil-A.
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« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2008, 07:12:18 PM »

Here in the hills, its ice tea or sweet ice tea....with real sugar, thank you!  None of that wussy Sweet'n'Low or Splenda!  I have to order it in the restuarants as the chlorinated town water is not palatable and can almost be masked by the ice tea!  Not quite, but almost!  Nothing better than sweet ice tea from a mountain spring, though!
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Thats so true!  Here we have a deep well that pumps out the sweetest water, makes the best sweet tea! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: May 05, 2008, 09:28:45 AM »

When I lived in Pa, we called it ice tea (not iced), but we drank it sweetened because a friend from Fl taught us how to make it.  I live in Ga now, and when I order ice tea in a restaurant, the waitress lookes at me funny and askes if I want sweet tea.  Also, the sweetened tee that I drank in Pa would be concidered unsweet compared to the tea here.
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« Reply #33 on: May 14, 2008, 08:32:47 AM »

I've tried their sweettea . I like it . Here in South Central Kentucky everyone drinks sweettea .
Here is something else that may seem weird to people not from here , All softdrinks are called cokes
Pepsie is called coke , 7 Up is called coke etc.
(example) I'm going to the corner store to get a coke .  Wink

I know what you are talking about we do the same around here. alot of times we will say something like " hey get me a coke" and the reply is "what kind" to that they will say "Dr Pepper or pepsi or diet coke" its crazy but true
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