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Thursday, July 26, 2012


Do you use an electric kettle or traditional kettle (or other method) to heat your water for tea? (I use this Russell Hobbs electric kettle but then most everyone here in England uses an electric kettle.) 

Here is a good history of the electric kettle.


Carolyn said...

I use the one pictured above: top row, 2nd from the left. We learned to love electric kettles in Belgium and now I'd never want to be without one.

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Hi Carolyn, and thanks for stopping by. I know what you mean - I'd be lost without my electric kettle. But I must admit that there are times I'd like to use a traditional kettle on the stove, especially during the winter months. I'll probably get one to keep on hand as a back-up to the electric kettle. :-)

Antiques And Teacups said...

I use a Salton which has a combo side for the included cordless tea kettle, and the other with a hot plate with a separate on/off switch with a glass teapot to keep the brewed tea warm. I LOVE it! Comes in handy for tea parties.

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Hi Ruth, I was not familiar with the Salton so I did a Google image search (after not being able to find one on Amazon). It took me awhile, but I finally found some images. Wow! I like it!

Debs Dust Bunny said...

I never considered the origins of the electric tea kettle. We can't live without ours. I suppose it must have been like the internet of it's day, all new and exciting and a bit dangerous! Now, at our house, it's a necessity!

Linda J. said...

I've had several different electric tea kettles since my virst visit to England in 1995. Currently, I have a Capresso Perfect Tea. I like to see the water bubble through the clear glass.

Christy Kay said...

Me want fire! Unfortunately, I have an electric stove in my apt for the first time in my life. I miss my gas stoves! I've had a couple of small electric pots when I was working but wasn't thrilled with them. I'd like to try a *good* electric one, though, and see if I like it.

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Deb, LOL ... I'm now trying to envision those first electric kettles. They *must* have seemed a bit dangerous in the early days!

Linda, I'm the same - love watching the water bubble through the clear glass. My kettle also has lovely blue lights so when the water boils it looks like the ocean.

Christy, I think you'd absolutely *love* an electric kettle - but yes, a good one. Personally, I prefer the ones with a separate base. When I lived in the States, I had the Capresso one that Linda mentions.

Alex Zorach said...

I'm very low tech; I don't even own a tea kettle. which must seem unusual given how into tea I am. I have a small kitchen, and tea kettles are not the most versatile piece of kitchen equipment, and take up a lot of space. I heat the water in a pot on the stove and pour it into a mug, teapot, or gaiwan to brew my tea.

I find a pot works just fine, and then can be used for other cooking purposes as well. I own a total of three pots and one frying pan, which usually occupy my four stove burners; that way I can use the rest of my minimal storage space in my kitchen for other essentials.

La Tea Dah said...

I use an electric tea kettle at home --- and a stove top kettle at the cabin. I learned to use an electric tea kettle years ago because the electric tea kettle was a staple in the home of each of my Canadian aunts. When they learned that electric tea kettles were not common in the USA (years back) they bought me one for a wedding gift. I still have it after all these years (along with several more, as tea kettles are kind of like tea pots --- one can never have too many).


Marilyn said...

I can't get along anymore without have an electric kettle. Mine blew up recently and I had to find my stove top kettle until I could buy another electric kettle. I ended up with a Cuisinart this time and it has different settings for different teas. I am enjoying it.

kitty said...

I have a tiny kitchen, so have a hob kettle in order to save worktop space.
(Kitchen Craft Le'Xpress, Sea shell cream).

I really love it, but, have to say, like very much the look of your swanky glass and blue light affair:-)

Ones tea accoutrement are most important, and a pleasure in themselves.

Loved the kettle history..'tis true that you learn something every day..!

Happy tea drinking

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