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Here's how to slyly replace the tea in a tea bag with some delicious gravy granules. Perfect for April fools day! What a tea-rrible prank to play on your family and friends.

This is my entry to the 2010 April fools day contest. Want to see more cool pranks? Subscribe, I have a few more coming.

One of the 3 pictures below is of a modified tea bag. Can YOU tell the difference?

 
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Step 1: You will need...

Here's what you'll need:

  • A few tea bags
  • Gravy granules
  • A sharp craft knife
  • Sellotape
  • A tea loving friend with a sense of humour (or not, it's up to you!)

Step 2: Open it up

Picture of Open it up
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Shake all the tea down one end of the bag. Make a very light cut 5-10mm down from the edge of the stuck part of the bag, about 15mm long. This will give you space to get the sellotape in there to seal it up after.

If your tea bags are the kind with a staple in the top you needn't bother with this, remove the staple and save it for later.

Empty the tea from the bag.

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thelandlord4 years ago
You might get some 'interesting' results with catnip...  >;-) 
they already do make catnip tea and I find it quite good actually.
lemonie4 years ago
I did cornflour milk once (I think?), but I don't think it was as good as this could be.
One down-side is that my tap water makes tea look a clear red, if you're on that southern hard-water stuff, gravy & tea don't look much different.

L
Jayefuu (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Yeh our water's hard :(
lemonie Jayefuu4 years ago
So your tea looks brown & muddy? It's interesting polyphenol-mineral chemistry - do you get a slight scum on the surface?

L
Jayefuu (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Yeh, with scum in the bottom. Another reason to move to Manchester! Better tea.
lemonie Jayefuu4 years ago
I could mail you some Yorkshire water. But you'd have to be in, a bottle ain't going to go through a letterbox...

L
Jayefuu (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Got a few hundred miles of copper pipe and a good pump? I heard something interesting the other day, not sure it's true. It was that the tea companies produce different tea blends for sale in different places in England. This is to account for the different water hardnesses. If you buy Tea in Surrey and brew it in Yorkshire it'll taste worse than if you bought Yorkshire tea in Yorkshire. Fact or fiction? Apply your chemistry knowledge to that please Sir. :D
lemonie Jayefuu4 years ago
Possibly true. The polyphenols combine with metal ions to produce that "scum", but tea is tea, you can't do too much. I've taken Ipswich water and done a comparison - big difference, but these aquifers are saturated with minerals.

L

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Jayefuu (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Wow! You can see through it.
lemonie Jayefuu4 years ago
Yes you can see through it - my dad is colour-blind, he used to think it was green... I found some Ipswich water for comparison (note that it boils ~2 degrees hotter)

L
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Jayefuu (author)  lemonie4 years ago
You have bottles of water from different places in the country just lying around "just in case"? (any difference in taste?)
lemonie Jayefuu4 years ago
I took some back for testing (same conditions) that's where I get the real comparisons and the temp diff. You know the tea tastes different, but the "why" isn't so sharp without a good trial. In this case I only used one bottle, the other was spare (until today)

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I noticed that scume you mentioned earlier - you say its from metals -- I only get it when I make tea ("orange" pekoe) with a french press as a carafe, with the plunger in the water!
l8nite frollard4 years ago
our tap water here in north east florida tastes NAAAAASTY even with a filter not to mention it recks havoc on plumbing... I use bottled water for cooking and drinking, theres a real difference in tea and coffee and even the taste of pasta or soups.

 This gravy trick or the hotpepper version mentioned below would be fantastic if there was someone in the house to pull it on...
frollard l8nite4 years ago
<shudders>

We did our honeymoon in orlando(ish).  The tap water literally made me gag.  I'm flabbergasted that a first world country resorts to...whatever...that municipality does for water treatment.  It really blew me away.
everybody says arizona water is gross, but i don't see how. all water should taste gross, because humans can't taste water-we only taste the imperfections.
bmarconi toogers5 months ago
actually most people don't drink pure water so you can still taste pure water with nothing else in it. most of the time after about year or so of drinking the same water "assuming that you remain hydrated" you will become desensitized to it and will no longer be able to taste the water. also humans are born desensitized to the smell of water.
...because arizona water is full of impurities.  Lots of them.
I am from Newark, New Jersey.  The water there was and is excellent.  Everyone who tries it agrees.  It has all the right minerals!  And our water is "hard".  People buy water softeners.  I think it helps in the laundry.
 
Onkei lemonie4 years ago
What do you mean when you say your water is hard. I have never heard that expression before. I'm from Arizona.
Jayefuu (author)  Onkei4 years ago
It means there are a lot of dissolved minerals in the water.
acaig5 months ago
I'm glad I don't work at my last place of work prank tea is a favourite there but no one has done gravy tea yet to my knowledge excellent idea
Wroger-Wroger5 months ago

LOL

Remag12346 months ago

Evil, I love it.

holly-g6 months ago
Bahahaha good one.
that is ssssssooooooooo cruel!
bpfh1 year ago
Better to open up the bag where the string goes in, and fill there, then just use a staple to close the bag and lock the string back in place... No tape to float off into your brew!
icebird4 years ago
Might I suggest crushed, dried habanero pepper?
Jayefuu (author)  icebird4 years ago
Toooooooooo evil perhaps? :D
You could tone it down and use Cajun seasoning - many of the mixes look just like tea, and though the flavor is excellent on meat, I can't imagine the tastiness would translate to tea.  I suppose chili seasonings or curry mixes could work well, too.
I should really try this for April Fools Day (retrograde payback).  Most of my family drinks tea, and I suppose if you ground those granules well enough they'd be easily concealable in coffee mixes...
Doesn't the gravy dissolve?  I'm thinking of the USA 'instant buillon' soups. There'd be nothing left in the tea bag, if they take it out before drinking.

The herbal suggestions sound good, as they'd still be visible in the bag.
 
True dat! You'd almost have to just remove a portion of the tea or so, and replace w/ equal amts. of fun stuff to keep it realistic in the very end.

This would be awesome for the people who would have to wash out their tea cups. You know the people I'm talking about! Never washed in #amt of years.
Jayefuu (author)  valhallas_end4 years ago
Don't forget to film it :D
I will try, but we've historically failed at filming pranks.  For some reason, everyone in my family associates video cameras with practical jokes (probably my dad's fault!), and we all learned how to spot hidden cameras in passing.  I'll need a clever system indeed for this year...
Try placing the camera under a loosely woven cloth. You can't see the camera but it can see you...
Heh, that may work, but I'd have to find a reason to have a cloth hanging/lying anywhere - clutter is normally eradicated in our house.  Now that I think about it though, I may be able to get away with "it's on the charger" or "it's hooked up to TV to watch [some video]", a fairly regular occurrence that may go unnoticed on April 1st.
Or, I could be really mean and walk around with the camcorder all morning - incite some paranoia, maybe?
icebird icebird4 years ago
Could also add a bit of cumin for that fresh armpit taste.
lane29 icebird4 years ago
cinnimon
mykiscool2 years ago
It could just poison your friends a little. Lol
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