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I bought these after seeing a tv show explaining that most tea bags are made mostly of plastic. I have a big supply of tea bags so thought I'd buy these to empty the bags into so I don't drink the chemicals I believe non BPA free plastic releases when heated but don't waste the tea leaves inside. This was a mistake. The mesh on these infuser balls is so big it was like putting flour in a sieve whilst baking, every bit of tea fell through. I then tried a bag of tea leaves thinking maybe the stuff in tea bags is ground finer, it's not the exact same thing happened, it all fell through the mesh. I have ended up using them to enclose freshly chopped ginger when I'm feeling under the weather and make a honey, lemon and ginger drink. They work well for the ginger but avoid if you want to use them for tea leaves.
I received in my mesh tea balls today. Not very pleased, I knew they weren't the most expensive but several of them have this black gunk all over them and these are going to be used to be resold to other people so I may be returning them due to this issue. They are also on the flimsy side, but they do seem to latch. Also it would be helpful if they were packaged so they dont come out all tangled and hooked together...
So much more smaller than it looks and the size I am used to. It is one of the cheaper tea ball in the market, so I decided to try it. The quality is definitely reflected by the price. Flimsy and breaks (comes apart) only after a few use. At least a package contains many tea balls to make up for the flimsiness. Will try a different type next time
These tea balls are the perfect size for brewing in my thermos, but they are a real pain to work. The hinges are very tight, and while I was wrestling with getting the ball closed without shaking out tea everywhere, I bent the mesh ball into a crunched up mess. Tried a second ball and it worked okay for about a minute, but the hinge couldn't hold the edges together while I was pulling it out and I spent the next five minutes cleaning a clump of loose tea leaves out on my thermos. I'm now using small alligator clamps to keep the balls shut while brewing.
I am a tea drinker so I bought this to filter the tea leaves in the cup, and it is really efficient. I think the right way to use it: there is a small ring at the edge of the chain side, put the tea leaves in the ball and close the ball then you NEED to put down the small ring to steadily restrain the whole thing. It is actually really easy. And I also find it is really nice to use the tea ball for your MEAT STEW, you can put the spices (anise, garlic, chili) in the ball and you will never need to worry about eat those spices with the meat.