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Do you put milk in before you put in the hot water when making tea.

Tree1
Tree1 Member Posts: 23 Listener
Do you put milk in before you put in the hot water when making tea.

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  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,798 Pioneering
    Always after for me. 
  • kami24
    kami24 Member Posts: 402 Pioneering
    Never before unless i forget etc 
  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,414

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    Always but always after.  I shudder at the thought of before  :D
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  • Caz_Alumni
    Caz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 624 Pioneering
    Always after! Sacrilege to do otherwise when you're making a mug of tea ;)

    Though I am sometimes tempted to do it if I'm ever offered a pot of tea and a tea cup when I'm out and about!
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,549 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 5
    Really controversial point below

    [spoiler]I'm sure there is a scientist somewhere with a reason I am wrong but I don't think it makes a difference?[/spolier]

    Edit: my spoiler didn't work :( sorry!!
  • Caz_Alumni
    Caz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 624 Pioneering
    @66Mustang To be honest, I don't think it makes a difference either. :)

    But you're right! There is a scientist who would say that we're both wrong. This from a Guardian piece published in 2014:

    To test the recipe for the perfect cup of tea put forward in 1946 by George Orwell himself, Dr Stapley of Loughborough University established that putting the milk in after the boiling water is incorrect, as it causes the milk to heat unevenly (as opposed to pouring the water on top of it). This uneven heating of the milk causes the proteins in it to denature, meaning they lose their structure and “clump”, affecting the taste and contributing to that skin you get on the top. So when someone says they can tell if you put the milk in first or second in the tea you’ve made for them just by tasting it, turns out they probably can.

    Interesting read for anyone who's interested in a bit of tea trivia . Also adding my own disclaimer here! This was based on a very quick bit of Google research and it could be that my science is already out of date on this one!

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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,222 Disability Gamechanger
    I put the milk in first, I know how much I need and pouring the tea in saves me from stirring.
    Equally controversial however, do you warm the pot before adding tea and then hot water? (I used to when loose tea was used, lovely smell too.)
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,974

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    Milk after, always!

    P.S. @66Mustang- you can make something a spoiler by typing code <div class="Spoiler">your text here</div> in the HTML view (I think!). It might be easier to click the 'format' icon and select 'spolier' from that list though :)
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,549 Disability Gamechanger
    I forgot there was a button to change the formatting, thanks @Tori_Scope!
    Interesting research @Caz_Scope!!! I still don’t think I’d be able to tell though, maybe I just have a less sophisticated palate :p
  • Pixie51
    Pixie51 Member Posts: 66 Courageous
    edited May 5
    Always after for me! I find I can't get the stength I like if the milk goes in first!
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  • Dusty_Hammer
    Dusty_Hammer Member Posts: 18 Connected
    No! That’s savage! Ha ha.  :D

    Water. Tea bag. Let it brew for approx 4 mins and give it a good mash before you take it out. Then add the milk. 
  • spankie76
    spankie76 Member Posts: 30 Connected
    I think the idea of milk first was because in days past we made tea in tea pots and used China cups and hot water in China cups can damage them so the milk cooled it as its poured. That's just from things I've read as I don't drink tea 😅
  • Dusty_Hammer
    Dusty_Hammer Member Posts: 18 Connected
    @spankie76 ahhh yes that would make sense. 

    Interestingly with coffee I put the coffee in, then the milk, then the water, as I don’t want to burn the coffee. I worked in a coffee shop briefly and it was drilled into me that you should always put water in first and then coffee so that you don’t burn it - so my logic puts the milk in first so I don’t burn it! Not sure it’s the same with the instant coffee I use but not a habit I can get out of! Ha ha
  • happyhippygirl
    happyhippygirl Member Posts: 23 Connected
    If makeing tea bag tea,I put the milk in last has you can judge how strong you want it,But if you makeing loose tea in a teapot,put milk in first
  • spankie76
    spankie76 Member Posts: 30 Connected
    edited May 8
    @Dusty_Hammer I understand that I worked in a coffee shop and I was told the same and got a bit of a talking too when I said "how can you burn something that's already been roasted" but they couldn't explain it 😅. Needless to say that job didn't last long
  • Marie88
    Marie88 Member Posts: 83 Connected
    I've always put the milk in after. I leave the tea bag to brew for a good 5 minutes - I like it nice and strong!
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,968 Pioneering
    I tend to put tea bag 1st, when I've put milk 1st by mistake takes ages to get it to right strength, plus you never see people putting milk in the tea pot.
    With coffee hot water can burn the coffee so milk 1st or mixed with coffee then hot water.
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Posts: 4,584 Disability Gamechanger
    I always put milk in first when I make coffee 
  • Dusty_Hammer
    Dusty_Hammer Member Posts: 18 Connected
    spankie76 said:
    @Dusty_Hammer I understand that I worked in a coffee shop and I was told the same and got a bit of a talking too when I said "how can you burn something that's already been roasted" but they couldn't explain it 😅. Needless to say that job didn't last long
    Brilliant 😂 it never occurred to me to ask such an insightful question lol.
    You can taste the difference with fresh coffee though, I don’t actually think it matters with freeze dried 
  • spankie76
    spankie76 Member Posts: 30 Connected
    @Dusty_Hammer it's the reason I don't keep jobs for long, apparently I ask too many questions and think too much 😅 and friends come to think of it🤔
  • Dusty_Hammer
    Dusty_Hammer Member Posts: 18 Connected
    spankie76 said:
    @Dusty_Hammer it's the reason I don't keep jobs for long, apparently I ask too many questions and think too much 😅 and friends come to think of it🤔
    Oh dear! Ha ha. I’m not good at asking questions, more just bluntly putting my point of view across which appears to have the same effect.... 🤨😂
  • Jean Eveleigh
    Jean Eveleigh Member Posts: 156 Pioneering
    yes, I do I don't drink tea haven't for over 30 years so I find it helps me to brew the tea to the correct strength for the drinker, I have always been told I make a cracking cuppa.

    My recipe is:- Tea bag, then sugar, then milk, (then if making for a child or dog cold water) then hot water halfway up - stir 50 rotations, squeeze the bag out, fill to top with water, and stir again.


    The reason for mile first goes back to when tea was first brought to the UK as you needed to put cold liquid into the china cup to stop the hot water/tea from splitting the china so it was always intended to be milk first.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,974

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  • Caz_Alumni
    Caz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 624 Pioneering
    edited May 10
    This thread just remined me of a Taskmaster episode that I re-watched quite recently!

    This clip takes the debate about how to make the best cup of tea to a whole new level. Admittedly, I wouldn't fancy a cuppa made by this lot of comedians though.  :smiley:


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  • Paddyrooney62
    Paddyrooney62 Member Posts: 16 Connected
    Oh I have to put the milk in first in my wife’s tea and my coffee. Coming from Ireland my mother always taught us that without the milk you scald the tea/coffee. So old habits die hard. Lol 😂🤣😂😎
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,974

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    I was taught at one point to pour the water over the back of the spoon as it goes in to avoid scalding it @Paddyrooney62- it's a minefield! 
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