Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Monday, February 01, 2016
A simple tea rack
Many years ago when our daughters were at a boarding high school, they often brought friends home with them for the weekend. At that time we kept our boxes of herbal and flavored tea neatly stacked in a kitchen cabinet. Neatly, that is, until one went to pull out a particular box of teabags. Then the stacking system revealed its inadequacies and instability.
I will never forget how embarrassed I was one weekend when some of the girls were making a cup of tea. One of them reached for a particular flavor, and at least a half dozen boxes came out of the cabinet with it in a mini-avalanche of tea boxes! Yes, we had come to the point where we had so many tea boxes that they began
tumbling out of the cupboard. Obviously, we had to figure out different storage for
I had seen a rack for holding tea boxes offered
in a tea catalog for around $80. It was beautifully constructed -- out of oak, if I remember right. I showed it to Mr. T. He figured he could make a
“rustic” one out of pine to serve the same purpose, and he did. It's still serving us admirably after all these years. I couldn’t get a photo that showed the top shelf (too
narrow of an area where the rack is located next to our back door), but
the top shelf could be used either for display (which I do) or for 2
additional tea boxes.
Mr. T would want me to caution you, I know, that this rack is what he
calls “rustic, very rustic.” It is by no means fine carpentry and he
realizes that. But it's a wonderful storage solution and is
commented upon by almost everyone who spends any time in our kitchen.
It's fun, when visitors come and we offer them tea, for us to just point them to the tea rack and let them choose the flavor they like.
At the bottom of the rack, I have hung a teapot hanging made out of
felt from a kit some years ago. I’ve always wanted to make another, and
saved the pattern just in case. And after many years, I did make another, this for a dear friend.
And then this final photo, which was not taken in my kitchen, but
instead in an apartment kitchen in faraway Nevada. My daughter who lives in Nevada
wanted a tea rack like mine, so on one of our first visits there, Mr. T and our son-in-law
worked together to make one. It’s so neat to think of her having
something just like mine, that was handmade and designed by her dad, in her kitchen too. Ten years later, with six growing children, they are no longer in a small apartment, but in a house, where the tea rack is on a dining room wall.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing this simple tea rack. If you also have issues with the current system you're using to store your boxes of tea, you might like to think about constructing one for your own use! Mr. T won't mind a bit if you borrow his "rustic" idea!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.