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How to Make Tea in a Tea Kettle

May 10,2024 | TeaTsy Team

Making tea in a tea kettle, whether stovetop or electric, is a straightforward process that promises a delicious result. This guide will walk you through the essential steps to brew the perfect cup of tea using either type of kettle. 

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How to Use a Stovetop Tea Kettle

Stovetop kettles are durable and easy-to-maneuver kitchen sharps that last. To ensure that your kettle works for a long time, it is recommended to just use it to heat water. Here is a step-by-step guide to using your stovetop kettle:

Step 1: Clean Stovetop Tea Kettle

If your teapot is brand new or looks a little worn after a long period of use, it's best to clean it with a mild detergent, such as soap and hot water.

Step 2: Pour Water Into the Stovetop Tea Kettle.

Pour cool, filtered water into the teapot. While you can use tap water, trace minerals may affect the flavor of the tea. The amount of water should be slightly more than you need, but don't fill the teapot to the brim in case the boiling water overflows.

Step 3: Heat the Stovetop Tea Kettle.

Place the kettle on the stovetop and heat it to the right temperature. You can use the kettle on a gas, electric, or induction cooktop. Most herbal teas and black teas require the water to come to a full boil, while green, white, and oolong teas require the water to steam but not boil.

Some stovetop kettles are equipped with temperature sensors to help you monitor the temperature of the water and remove the kettle in time to avoid overheating. Other kettles will rattle when the water boils to remind you to turn off the heat. Always remove the kettle from the fire after the water has boiled to avoid burn-dry damage.

Step 4: Make Tea

Once the water is heated to the desired temperature, the next step is to pour the hot water over the tea leaves in the teapot or cup. It is recommended that you pour the hot water directly over the tea leaves, rather than placing the tea leaves into a cup that has already been poured with hot water, to ensure that the tea leaves are fully saturated.

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How to Use an Electric Kettle

What many people like about electric kettles is that they heat up faster than regular kettles. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use an electric kettle:

Step 1: Clean the Electric Kettle.

Place your electric kettle on a smooth surface and make sure there are no other items near the electrical outlet. If your electric kettle is brand new, you should first wipe it down with soap and hot water.

Step 2: Fill With Water.

Open the lid of your electric kettle and keep an eye on the highest level of water inside the kettle; do not exceed this limit. Fill the teapot with tap water or filtered water.

Step 3: Plug in.

Electric kettles usually come with a base that can be plugged into an electrical outlet as a heat source. It is recommended to place the electric kettle on the outlet near the kitchen counter or dining table, making sure the surroundings are clean and tidy and free from distracting clutter.

Step 4: Heat.

Press the on/off button on the electric kettle to start the heat and wait for a few minutes until the water begins to boil. Different types of tea require different water temperatures, e.g. green tea requires around 80°C to 85°C and black and oolong tea require around 95°C to 100°C. During the boiling process, make sure the lid of the kettle is securely closed and avoid getting close to the hot water spout to avoid scalding. The kettle will usually stop heating automatically once the water begins to boil, but it is also advisable to turn off the power switch manually to ensure safety.

Step 5: Make Tea.

Once the water reaches the desired temperature, you can begin brewing the tea. Pour the hot water into the pot or mug, add the tea leaves, and leave it for the desired amount of time to allow the tea to fully steep.

After going through the above steps on how to use a stovetop tea kettle and electric kettle, you have a better understanding of the process of making tea in a tea kettle. keep reading, we will cover the steps on how to make tea using a glass teapot.

Tea Kettle vs. Teapot

While both "Tea Kettle" and "teapot" are essential tools in the process of making tea, they serve very different purposes and use different materials.

Teapots are used to heat water and can be made of metals such as stainless steel, copper, or aluminum, all of which are excellent conductors of heat and can withstand the high temperatures of a stove or electric heating element.

In contrast, teapots are used to make and serve tea and are usually made from materials such as glass, ceramic, or potrcelain. These materials are chosen because of their ability to retain the flavor and aroma of the tea, providing a pure taste. However, since these materials are usually not heat resistant enough to be exposed directly to the stovetop, it is critical that they are only used for brewing and drinking.

In the following content, we will cover how to use a glass teapot.

How to Use a Glass Teapot

Glass teapots attract tea lovers with their transparent design. It not only showcases the color and flavor of the tea leaves but also brings a sense of purity and freshness to the tea-making process. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use a glass teapot.

Tea Kettle

Step 1: Prepare the Teapot.

Make sure the teapot is clean and free of any residue or odor. Rinse the teapot with hot water to warm it up before brewing the tea.

Step 2: Measure the Tea.

Measure out the right amount of tea according to the capacity of the teapot. Generally, you will need to use 1 to 2 grams of tea per cup of water, depending on your preferred tea strength and the type of tea you are brewing.

Step 3: Hot Water.

Bring fresh, cold water to a temperature suitable for brewing tea. Different types of tea require different water temperatures, so be sure to choose the right temperature to ensure the best brewing results.

  •  Green tea: 170-180°F
  •  White Tea: 160-170°F
  •  Oolong Tea: 180-200°F
  •  Black Tea: 190-200°F
  •  Herbal Tea: 190-212°F

Step 4: Add Tea.

Place the measured amount of tea into the preheated teapot and adjust the amount of tea according to your personal taste preference and the type of tea you are brewing.

We recommend using a glass teapot or ceramic teapot to brew the tea, as this method allows the loose leaves to expand fully, resulting in a stronger, more flavorful tea.

Step 5: Pour the Water.

Carefully pour hot water into the teapot, making sure to completely cover the tea leaves. Pay attention to the temperature of the water to ensure optimal brewing.

Steep the tea in the hot water for the appropriate amount of time depending on the type of tea:

  • Green tea 1-3 minutes
  • White tea 1-4 minutes
  • Oolong Tea 1-7 minutes
  • Black tea 1-5 minutes
  • Herbal Tea 5-10 minutes

Step 6: Serve.

After the steeping time is over, carefully pour the brewed tea into a teacup and enjoy the pleasant flavor and aroma of the freshly brewed tea.

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By reading the above article, you can better understand the steps on how to make tea with a teapot. If you want to get good at brewing tea in a teapot, check out our article on tea brewing tips.