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Choosing a Teakettle - Guest Post by Dharlene Marie Fahl

Monday, February 27th 2017 @ 3:11 PM

When it comes to a teakettle do your best to choose one with a stainless steel or glass interior. The plastic teakettles are a travesty, and, they are dangerous, too! Plastic is plastic and certainly not meant for boiling water on a regular basis especially if you're going to drink the boiled water! Get rid of those they are toxic.

Choosing a teakettle with temperature selections is wonderful. Not all tea is meant to be infused in boiling water. These take the guesswork out for the novice tea drinker. We do NOT put teabags or tea leaves into a kettle. A kettle is used only to heat fresh plain water.

Look at the lid of the kettle and the handle of it, too. If you're in a store, pick up the kettle, remove the lid, pretend to pour and see how it feels.

If the kettle has a handle that swoops over the lid, is there plenty of room between the handle and the hole at the top?

Visualize filling the kettle with water either from a faucet or a large bottle of water. Is that swooping handle in the way? Will it make filling the kettle a challenge? Yup many kettles are designed improperly!

I prefer a kettle with nothing over top of the lid. I've wrestled with too many kettles while attempting to fill them with water! One would assume this would be a basic design theory but apparently, this is not so.

Let's talk about the electrical cord another silly oversight by many companies! How long is the cord? Yes, this matters. Is it attached to the kettle or to a separate element on which you place the kettle? You don't want a cord dangling from your kettle as you attempt to fill vessels with boiling water. Nor do you want an element with an eighteen-inch electrical cord. Sometimes you have one spot in your kitchen for your kettle and if it happens to be far away from an electrical outlet you'll have to reorganize your entire countertop to make this happen.

Retractable cords are a nice feature, but I haven't seen too many of those.

Would you prefer a kettle that is designed for your stovetop burner?

These are usually made of enamel or stainless steel. The nice thing about an old-fashioned stovetop kettle, is that if you have a gas stove and the power goes out guess what? You can still make tea! I say it's always nice to have one of those in the back of your cupboard!

Yes, there are many things to consider when purchasing a kettle. Who would have thought? And, yes, there is a great difference between a teapot and a teakettle.

I've included a photo with several versions of teakettles. The plastic one you see is used only to boil water for which I heat the rollers I use to curl my hair not for tea!


My guess is that many of you have purchased several teakettles, as well. I'd be most curious to know which ones you love and which ones you despise.

 

~ Dharlene Marie Fahl - http://www.dharlenemariefahl.com

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DHARLENE MARIE FAHL is a Certified Tea Specialist, World Tea Traveler, Author, Poetess, Tea Goddess, Blogger, Mother of Two College Kids, and Lover of Life. Dharlene says, “Tea brings me great joy and I share that joy with as many people as I possibly can. I see tea as the bridge to other countries and cultures. While people are sipping the tea I make them -- I take them across that bridge.” - Learn more about Dharlene’s work at http://www.dharlenemariefahl.com

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