Tea kettles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, material types, and colors. It is an important piece of teaware, and always looks fitting on the back burner or counter-top.
The main purpose of a kettle is to boil water for brewing tea. A few folks new to loose leaf brewing may mistakenly add the leaves in the kettle and boil them as if cooking their tea.
A kettle is for boiling water only! The tea leaves are steeped in an infuser in either a tea pot or cup after pouring the hot water from the kettle. Just a tip for those newcomers reading this
The tea kettle evolved from the cooking kettle which hung by a hook over an open wood burning fire. These items where made of solid iron and where used to make soups and boil water for tea before the conventional stove of today was invented.
There are two main types of tea kettles which are stove top and electric.
Stove top kettles are heated using gas or electric range elements and is the traditional way to boil water for tea. They come in a large variety of shapes and sizes, with some resembling animals such as ducks, chickens, toads, or cows. They can be blue, red, green, white, or any other color the consumer prefers.
They can also be made of copper, glass, or medal. Some are even made from stainless steal. Most which will come with either a mounted or detachable whistler.
The taste of the water will vary depending on which material type of kettle you use. A medal kettle can give off a slight metallic taste, while a glass kettle will give off no taste. But for most medal kettles, including the one I use, have a tough enamel coating which prevents a metal undertone in the water.
The other type of kettle is the electric kind which either comes in cordless or non-cordless models.
Folks may prefer the non-cordless since it allows more freedom and better ease of pouring over the cordless type where a cord plugs from the kettle itself into a wall outlet.
The cordless version has a base with conductors on the bottom which connects to the conductors underneath the removable kettle heating up the elements inside when turned on. Once the water reaches a boiling point a sound usually tones letting you know it’s tea time.