My Tea Bag Broke – Is it Still OK to Drink?

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If you’re reading this article, you probably enjoy drinking a cup of tea every once in a while.

Compared to drinking loose-leaf tea, tea bags are rather convenient.

However, they are rather fragile and I am sure many of you have had tea bags break on you while you were simply trying to relax and enjoy your morning cup of tea.

Let’s be clear.

If your tea bag breaks open, it is perfectly fine to keep brewing it. It’s not technically a problem if there are broken leaf bits at the bottom of your cup, but many people prefer a clear cup of tea, without any broken particles in it. If that’s your preference, then you can always opt to strain out the excess leaf material with a strainer.

Is Tea from Broken Tea Bags Safe?

Yes, the tea inside of broken tea bags are safe to brew tea with.

You can remove them and choose to brew your tea however you would like.

How to Save and Use Leaves from a Broken Tea Bag

Just because your tea bag breaks, it doesn’t mean that you have to throw the tea away.

Simply remove the tea and brew it via an alternative method, such as the ones described below!

Use a Tea Ball or Tea Infuser

If your bag of tea breaks, it’s quite simply to remove the tea and add it to a tea ball or tea infuser.

A mesh tea ball has little holes in it which are large enough for water to flow, but small enough that the tea particles won’t get into your cup of tea.

We recommend the Vahdam Classic tea infuser.

Use a Coffee Filter

If you don’t have a tea ball, you could choose to use a coffee filter.

It’s not the most optimal way to brew tea, but it can work in a pinch.

We recommend Melitta Unbleached Basket Coffee Filters.

Use a Strainer

Another method is to use brew your tea using a strainer.

This involves putting your tea into a small vessel, brewing it, and then pouring the tea over a strainer into your cup.

This works rather well, because it ensures none of the tea particles get into your cup of tea.

We recommend Homestia Mesh Sieve Strainer.

Are Tea Bags Edible?

Although a typical tea bag is considered food-grade, they are generally not edible themselves.

The composition of a tea bag can vary from paper, all the way to food-grade nylon, which is technically a form of plastic.

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson is the founder and chief editor of the Professional Tea Taster.

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