Strawberry Iced Tea

From the April/May 2018 issue of Eat Drink Mississippi 

3 family sized tea bags

Water

2 cups sugar 

1 pound fresh strawberries

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bring 3 cups of water to a rolling boil on the stovetop in a small saucepan. Add tea bags, cover, and steep for 9 minutes. In a one-gallon pitcher, dissolve sugar in about a cup of hot water. 

While tea steeps, puree strawberries in a food processor or blender. Press puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds. 

Pour steeped tea into the pitcher with sugar water. Add puree and vanilla. Finish filling pitcher with water to make a gallon. Stir. 

Refrigerate and serve ice cold. 

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