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Is it possible to make tea in a stovetop kettle?

By Kevin B. July 7th, 2018

You're probably reading this post because you are looking to make tea, you have a stove top kettle and want to know how you can make tea in it.

Well to answer your question - DON'T!!!

Here is why:

  • A kettle's sole purpose it to heat water. It isn't designed to have 'stuff' in it and cannot be easily washed. Eventually there will be residue buildup that will be hard to get rid of. This could potentially clog any whistle.
  • While you can throw tea leaves in a kettle, the preferred method is to heat the water to the desired temperature and to pour the water over the tea. The reason is that it allows the tea leaves to get proper agitation and aeration from the swirling hot water, releasing more flavor and health benefits.
  • Your typical stove top kettle doesn't have a strainer. If you have loose leaves floating around, you'll have to get a strainer of some sort when you pour it into your cup or pot. That creates more mess, and some strainers are not fine meshed enough to filter smaller tea particles. Most tea pots contain built in strainers designed for tea.

Using an iron tea pot to make tea

While you may think an all iron pot is the way to go, putting one of these pots directly on a flame may damage the exterior paint finish. An old cast iron fireplace friendly pot is more likely to be found in the movies than a store.

Making tea the proper way

  • Heat the water in your kettle, electric water boiler (avoid microwaves if possible)
  • Put tea in a bag or strainer basker
  • Pour the heated water (remember some teas use different temperatures) OVER the tea.
  • Allow it to steep for the desired amount of time (usually on the package)
  • In most cases, remove the leaves - then serve and enjoy!

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