What to know about using a tea kettle in the right way?
Even a toddler knows about this one! All you need to do is get the water boiling, and once done, pour it out. There is a nursery poem around it!
How difficult can it be?
Well, it’s not difficult, but surprisingly a lot of us are using a tea kettle in the wrong way.
So in this piece, we will learn how to use a tea kettle properly.
Now, there are many types of tea kettles, each with a different use.
For this article, we will be talking about the stovetop ones.
How to use a tea kettle properly?
If you are using a new kettle, make sure to wash it well by hand using a gentle soap.
Make sure you put the kettle on the right-sized burner. If the burner diameter is too big, it will burn the exterior of the kettle. Fill up the kettle halfway with water before you place it on the stove. Do not overfill it.
Pro tip: The water level should be lower than its spout.
It would help if you never boil your kettle dry. Apart from the fact that it will damage the kettle, it will become too hot to handle, resulting in personal injury.
A medium-high heat flame is a sweet spot for boiling water in a kettle.
It is needless to say that be careful while pouring a kettleful of hot water on top of tea leaves. Most kettles these days come with a stay-cool handle.
However, if you are using a classic model, you may not have one of these. In that case, use a potholder to remove the kettle from the stove and to pour out its content.
Tip: Use a lower angle to pour out the water in the cup to avoid splattering.
These two basic rules apply to most kettles.
But what if you have a whistling one?
How to use a whistling kettle:
If you don’t like standing near the kettle and waiting for the water to boil, you can surely use this type of kettle.
Once the water is ready, the kettle whistles, thereby alerting you that the water is prepared. No more drying out water in the kettle!
For busy tea drinkers, a whistling kettle is an ideal pick over a standard kettle any day.
Apart from the traditional and the whistling kettles, there is another type of kettle trendy these days- electric kettles.
But you might find yourself at a crossroads trying to figure out which one to use.
A comparison of a few points might be of help in that case.
Electric kettle vs. traditional kettles:
Boiling water: If the water temperature is your only requirement, then opt for a stovetop kettle. Stovetop kettles can boil water above the boiling point.
Situations: As the name suggests, an electric kettle only works using electricity. You need a power outlet for it to function. A stovetop kettle, however, can operate during a power outrage. You can take it to a picnic or any outdoor event.
Budget: Electric kettles are, of course, pricier than traditional kettles. So if you have a shoestring budget, you should opt for the latter.
Designs: Nowadays, both electric and traditional kettles have multiple colors and design choices. You can pick as per your likes.
Difference between a Tea kettle and a Tea Pot:
Not many people are aware of this difference, and honestly, it’s quite easy to confuse them.
Both have a lid and a sprout, and both contain boiling water. So how do you tell one from the other?
There are two primary differences.
While buying a teapot, you need to be aware of the material being used in the design. Alongside, determine whether you will be using it to steep tea or serve already steeped tea.
Teapots have a lid to add water and tea. The sprout allows you to pour out the tea. Currently, some teapots have in-built filters to make it easy for you to serve the tea.
Unlike teapots made of glass, porcelain, and china, tea kettles are made of hard metals like copper, stainless steel, and aluminum. These metals make it super easy to heat the water. Plus, there is a heatproof grip handle for convenience of use.
Tea kettles have removable lids and drip-free sprouts.
Kettles are not only used for boiling water for tea. The millennials use these for multiple purposes. A kettle can cover a wide range of your food needs, from making hard-boiled eggs to Ramen and oatmeal.
Since it does so much more than just boil water, its aftercare is essential.
How to use a tea kettle: Care Tips
If you are using a kettle over time, a certain amount of deposit forms within the kettle. This greatly applies to hard water.
This water type sticks to the interior wall of the kettle and results in a mineral buildup.
One way to clean this buildup is by pouring vinegar halfway through the kettle. Fill the rest of the kettle with water.
Switch on the stove, put the kettle on it, and boil it. Once the water starts to boil, turn the heat to a simmer mode for another 10 minutes.
This weakens the mineral buildup within the kettle walls. Use warm water and a soft sponge to remove the now loosened mineral deposit stuck on the kettle wall.
How to use a tea kettle: Safety Tips
Since you are dealing with heat and boiling water, you need to follow a protocol to ensure your home safety.
To that end, here are a few tips that you can follow.
- Never should you leave a kettleful of boiling water unattended if you have small kids and pets in your home.
- If your kettle has a PTFE coating, the fumes from such a kettle can be harmful to your pets. Such fumes can be detrimental to birds. Thus you need to be extra careful while using such kettles. You should never let it overheat.
- Fusing is one of the most significant issues of using a copper silicon-polyester or enamel kettle. Such kettles run the risk of fusing with the stovetop if it’s glass made. Thus overheating such kettles can be dangerous.
- If an aluminum base kettle is allowed to boil dry, it might separate and melt away from the kettle.
- You should never drag or slide a kettle on a stovetop, especially if its glass-made
- A copper or aluminum base kettle can get discolored or wrapped if it’s allowed to sit on the stove for a long time.
You don’t need to be a genius to know how to use a tea kettle properly. Just make sure you are not boiling it dry and cleaning it well. The rest is all easy to handle