Tea is a popular drink enjoyed by many people all over the world. However, to make delicious teas you need to know how to use a tea kettle correctly. You could also be wondering whether you need a strainer in your kettle. This is because tea kettles are designed to boil water.
Whether you choose to put the strainer in the kettle rather than in the teapot will depend on how you plan to use your tea kettle. In this article, we’ll tell you the most efficient way of using your tea kettle, how to clean it, and the different types of kettle available.
How to Use a Tea Kettle
Most tea enthusiasts like preparing a teacup using their kettle. However, a tea kettle is designed to heat water and not to brew tea. Using your kettle will make cleaning it difficult. Tea tends to create a residue that builds up if not removed after every use.
A brown tea kettle with wooden handle on stove
If you are using a whistling tea kettle, the residue can clog the whistle. Because of this, it’s advisable to heat water in a tea kettle. Do this before pouring it in a cup or a teapot over your tea leaves. Using a whistling kettle is a good choice as it will alert you when your water is ready. You won’t have to keep monitoring it.
This will allow your loose tea leaves to steep well. It also makes it easy to clean your kettle. While pouring the hot water over your tea leaves, it ensures balanced aeration to release strong flavors of your tea.
That said, most kettles have a strainer. This offers tea drinkers the convenience of boiling their water and brewing their tea using the same kettle. A tea kettle with a strainer is ideal if you intend to put your tea leaves in the kettle after the water has boiled to allow them to steep.
A good whistling kettle that can be used as a teapot should be equipped with a built-in infuser. This prevents the tiniest tea leaf particles from entering your teacup. It’s advisable to get a kettle with a strainer than shopping for one separately. They are supposed to work together. After you’ve bought your new tea kettle, use it correctly to ensure it lasts for an extended period.
How to Use a Kettle on the Stove
If this is your first time to prepare a cup of tea using a stove, here are the steps to help you:
Fill your tea kettle with filtered water as it does not contain the minerals present in tap water. Avoid heating water in a kettle that is half full because it can melt, burn, or overheat.Put your kettle on the stove, then turn the stove on. In case you’re using an electric tea kettle, plug it in, and turn on the kettle.
Bring your water to the right temperature. When the water is ready, the kettle will signal you (if using a whistling kettle) to remove it from the stove. Whistling kettles are a perfect choice for people who multitask a lot or tend to forget easily.
Use a potholder if the kettle handle lacks a heat-resistant covering to avoid burning your fingers. Remember to turn off the stove. An electric tea kettle will automatically shut-off.
When you start pouring the water over your tea leaves, ensure your face and hands are away from the sprout to prevent getting burns from the steam.
Steep your tea according to the instructions given on the tea package.
Add a sweetener or enjoy it plain.
Whistling Tea Kettles
The whistling kettle is a household staple as it alerts you after your water has boiled. These types of kettles are perfect for busy tea drinkers. Unlike electric kettles that will make you forget about your boiling water, you won’t miss out on your tea break with a whistling kettle.
A whistling tea kettle on a stove
Moreover, the whistle itself is also a safety feature. It ensures you don’t boil your kettle dry. This is dangerous because it can damage the finish of certain metals. The whistle occurs when the small device that is fitted in the kettles produces a high-pitched sound immediately after the steam escapes from the spout.
Do All Tea Kettles Whistle?
Well, not all tea kettles whistle. Whistling kettles have a built-in device located on the spout. The device produces the whistling sound when steam from the boiling water blows through it as it tries to find a way of escaping.The only way the steam can escape is through the spout especially if the lid is tight with the whistling device attached.
Tips for Boiling Water Using a Kettle
Fill your kettle with the correct amount of water. Remember you can save electricity and time if you heat water below the boiling point.
Keep an eye on your kettle as your water boils. Avoid boiling it more than necessary to prevent the water from evaporating. If using an electric kettle, it will turn off automatically after your water boils.
Take your teapot and pour the hot water in it over your tea leaves.
Use your tea strainer while pouring tea to prevent broken leaves from getting into your teacup.
Add milk or sugar or any other sweetener of your choice before drinking your tea.
Pouring from the Stovetop
Some people find pouring a kettle of boiling water intimidating. This is due to the risk of sustaining injuries. For this reason, you should be careful when pouring hot water over your leaves. When removing your tea kettle from the stove, be sure to use a potholder especially if your kettle is not equipped with a stay-cool handle. Handles can become too hot to touch.
Ensure you pour the boiled water into your cup of tea away from your hands and face to avoid getting burns from the steam. Also, if you’re concerned about the water splattering, pour the hot water into your cup at a lower angle. Pouring at a high angle is dangerous because it can cause splattering and result in burns.
How to Use an Electric Tea Kettle
Fill your kettle halfway full with water as overfilling or underfilling it can damage it. Also, ensure the water isn’t above the fill line. Boiling more water can affect the performance of your kettle. It will have to work for a longer period and extra hard to heat water.
If your kettle has a temperature setting, make use of the feature to set the temperature you want before turning on your kettle.
Plug your kettle into a power socket then turn it on. Avoid turning on an empty kettle because it can decrease its lifespan. It could also damage the heating element. This helps avoid accidents while protecting the heating element.Wait for some minutes, usually two to four minutes, before your water boils. Once your water is ready, the kettle will automatically switch off.
How Electric Tea Kettles Work
Tea kettles are equipped with a heating element (metal coil) that is built into the base. Electric current travels through the base immediately after plugging in the kettle and begins to warm the heating element.
The heat is then transferred into the cold water to bring it to a boiling point. The inbuilt thermostat turns off the kettle automatically after the water has reached its boiling point. Here is a breakdown of how kettles work:
Stove kettles can heat water above the boiling point. They can enable you to extract strong flavors of your tea leaves after steeping your tea. These kettles can be placed on electric stoves or gas. Here are the benefits of using stove kettles:
Bring Water to a Boiling Point
If your only requirement is the temperature of your water, then a stove kettle is the perfect option because it can heat water above the boiling point. That’s why most people like using the kettles for boiling water to steep their tea.
Works in Different Conditions
Electrical kettles only work after being plugged into a power socket and rely on electricity. They can’t work during your outdoor events like picnics or power cuts. A stove kettle is not limited to such conditions as you can place it on a campfire.
Electric kettles also come in a range of beautiful colors and designs however stove kettles have more when it comes to color, shapes, and designs. You can even select one that matches your kitchen’s interior. Many designs of stove kettles are available and work well.
Stove kettles are sold at an affordable price. This makes them ideal for people on a tight budget who may not have extra money to spend on electric kettles.
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