What do you think?
Now on to my collection. The metal tea tongs are too small; they cannot hold the typical teaspoon of leaves and do not allow the leaves to expand properly. The metal bowl strainer, part of a small tea pot,is a better option than the spoons. I purchased the bamboo infuser in an anti-plastic, anti-metal moment but it does not sit well in cups. I have to hold the handle until the tea leaves are steeped. Also, it imparts a slightly herbal note to the teas steeped in it. My favorite of the bunch is the plastic, fine mesh basket, pictured above left. Since the time this post was originally published, I have acquired a tea stick infuser from Asiatica in Montreal.
Yesterday, I spotted this (above) very cool metal strainer by Alan Chan at the Alessi store in Soho. It's melodic, too. (The tea canister has a surprise under the lid. Stay tuned for a round-up of tea canisters.)
|Image: Tea leaf and teabag strainer, James Hurlock, May 3, 2003 patent|
Williams Sonoma sells a tea straining spoon for teabags here. James Hurlock of Portland, Oregon filed a patent for a dual-purpose tea leaf and teabag strainer in May 2003. It looks like a citrus press to me.
What is your favorite infuser or strainer?
Note: this post was originally posted on 11/30/11 and edited for clarity and updated with new content on 3/1/13.