Making tea is so simple, but there are some method you can choose. Stovetop tea kettles are an efficient and easy way to warm water for tea.
You can heat water in a tea kettle by filling it with water, heating it up, then pouring the hot water into your mug or cup. Learn how to use stovetop kettles and electric kettles in this step-by-step guide. Looking for the best tea kettles? We have a review you can use as reference.
Making Tea Using Stovetop Tea Kettle
Stovetop kettles are simple to use, long-lasting, and a terrific addition to any kitchen. To prolong the life of your tea kettle and ensure that it continues to perform effectively for years to come, only use it to heat up hot water. Tea kettles, unlike teapots, aren’t meant to be used to brew tea; instead, they’re used to heat up cold, filtered water for your tea. Here’s how to use a stovetop tea kettle step by step:
1. Clean Your Tea Kettle
It’s a good idea to give your tea kettle a gentle clean with soap and hot water if you’re using a brand-new tea kettle or if your tea kettle is looking a little worse for wear after spending time nearby bubbling pots and pans.
2. Fill Up Your Tea Kettle
Fill your tea kettle halfway with filtered, cold water. While you can use tap water, trace levels of minerals may cause your tea to taste different than it would if you used filtered water. Only add a little more water than is required to fill your pot or cup. When the kettle starts to boil, be careful not to overfill it since boiling water can run out.
3. Heat Up Your Kettle
On your stovetop, heat up your kettle to the desired temperature. Stovetop kettles can be used on a gas stove, electric or induction stove, or on a hot plate. For most herbal teas and black teas, you’ll want to bring the water to a full boil first. Likewise, if you are making green tea, white tea, or oolong tea, you will want to heat the water to a steaming point rather than boiling.
Kettles with temperature sensors allow you to monitor the temperature of the water, so that you can remove the kettle from the heat at the right time. When the water reaches a rolling boil, other kettles will whistle. It is more important to remove the kettle from the heat when it has boiled enough than to let it continue to boil. Leaving a kettle to boil dry can damage it.
4. Infuse Your Tea
After the water is heated to the desired temperature, pour the hot water over the tea leaves in your pot or cup. As opposed to adding tea leaves to a cup of hot water, you should pour the hot water over the tea leaves to ensure that they are fully hydrated.
For preparing your tea, we recommend using a teapot tea infuser tea filter. With these brewing methods, the tea leaves expand as they steep, making the tea more flavorful and rich.
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5. Empty Your Kettle
Empty any remaining water in your kettle and place it on a cold surface on your stovetop to prevent rust and bacteria growth. It’s not necessary to clean your kettle after each usage.
Making Tea Using Electric Tea Kettle
Using an electric kettle is quite similar to using a stovetop kettle, with the exception that you heat the kettle on an electric base instead of a cooktop. Electric kettles are popular because they heat water faster than traditional kettles. Here’s how to use an electric kettle step by step:
1. Clean Your Kettle
If your electric kettle is brand new, give it a gentle clean with soap and hot water before using it.
2. Plug in the Base
Electric kettles are usually sold with a base that connects into an outlet. The heat source for the kettle is provided by this. The electric kettle should be plugged into an outlet near a kitchen counter or table. Make sure the kettle can sit in a clear area without being touched.
3. Fill Up the Kettle
Fill the kettle with filtered, cold water. Many kettles include measurements on the side that might help you figure out how much water to add. When using an electric kettle, be careful not to overfill it, as water can run out the top if it reaches a full boil.
4. Heat Up the Water
Some electric kettles bring water to a full boil, while others contain a temperature sensor that allows you to select the degree at which you want the water to be heated. When making black tea or herbal tea, bring the water to a full boil in most circumstances. Some teas, such as green tea, white tea, and oolong tea, should be steeped in steaming but not boiling water.
5. Infuse Your Tea
It’s time to infuse your tea leaves once the water has reached the correct temperature. Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves in your pot or cup, and let them steep for the time you want.
To make your tea, we recommend using a teapot with a tea infuser and a tea filter. As the tea steeps, these brewing methods allow the loose leaf tea leaves to expand, resulting in a richer, more delicious cup.
6. Empty Your Kettle
Remove any remaining water from your kettle and set it aside until the next time you need to brew a cup of tea.
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