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If you are looking for something a bit different for your stove top, then this particular kettle may be just what you are looking for.  It is a special item for a number of reasons, not only does it effectively double up as both a kettle and a teapot, more on that later, but is based on an ancient and almost timeless design that harks back to the the days when tea drinking was just in it’s infancy.

Originally, teapots forged from cast iron came from ancient china.  It was only in the 17th century that they were developed into handicraft items in Japan that were as practical as they were decorative and sold under the Tetsubin name.  Interestingly, cast iron teapots are used as symbolisation for the everlasting unity and strength of the world.  Traditionally, the more intricately designed and embellished are often given to close friends and loved ones as gifts or kept as a symbol of a household or family’s status.

Cast iron in its original form is not suitable for using to make tea or boil water in.  Special treatments are used to remove the impurities found in the cast iron during the manufacturing process.  Then, to help fight against rust forming on the kettle, a black enamel coating is applied.

As mentioned at the outset, this particular kettle can also be used as a teapot for brewing tea.  This is largely thanks to the strength of its construction.  To make tea easily, there is a steel mesh infuser that fits into it and can be easily removed when you just want to boil water.  Before you use it to boil, as I learned recently at a friend’s, you need to boil a fresh pot of water.  Once boiled, you pour that initial pot of water away and then start with a fresh pot using the tea infuser to make your favourite cup of tea.

It is fairly easy to clean and maintain this particular teapot kettle.  You have to ensure though that each and every time you make tea, that the pot is clean and properly dried.  Although not a especially taxing routine, it is crucial that you do it every time to stop rust forming.  It is also recommended that you never leave tea in the pot overnight, for similar reasons and because it will stain the inside.  If, and it is a big if, rust does start forming on the inside of the pot there is no reason to panic.  After you have cleaned the rusting area with a soft brush, you need to boil some used tea-leaves or teabags in the pot as you normally would.  The reaction between the tannin acid found in the tea with the iron will create a protective coating, similar to the enamel over the affected area.

Not only is this unique and will give a real retro look to your kitchen and stove top cooker, it is very practical too and does its job well.  For the very reasonable price that it is on safe for now, you could do a lot worse if you are in the market for a stove top kettle/teapot.

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