Tea kettles are one of the oldest pieces of kitchenware. In fact, recent archaeological finds suggest that tea kettles might even date back to the time when tea was first discovered in Ancient China.
The earliest form of tea kettle were stone earthenware pots. Later on, stone teapots were replaced by porcelain. Porcelain tea kettles were widely popular among tea drinkers but because they are too often expensive for the common man, porcelain was slowly replaced by the ceramic tea kettle.
Today, the ceramic tea kettle is used by many tea drinkers all over the world. Not only are they relatively inexpensive but there are advantages found in kitchenware made of ceramics not otherwise found in other types of kitchenware.
First, ceramic tea kettles are lightweight. Unlike stainless steel, cast iron, and porcelain, ceramics are uniformly lighter in terms of weight. Hence, they are easy to carry around the house. For instance, if you are receiving guests in the living room, you will have little trouble carrying your kettle filled with boiling water and the rest of your tea set from the kitchen to your guests.
Second, the ceramic tea kettle is chemically inert. This means that they do not introduce any chemicals or agents into the water even at high temperatures (as in boiling) so that its taste remains pure. This is a definite advantage of other types of kettles that often produce odors or chemicals that can affect the taste of your tea.
Third, ceramic tea kettles have a smooth surface. This makes them relatively easy to maintain. If the surface of ceramic tea kettles remains without cracks or crevices, germs and other bacteria will not have any place to hide in. In addition, ceramic tea kettles often need little more than a good wipe with a soft, wet cotton cloth to maintain and keep their appearance clean.
In terms of handling, ceramic kettles are more desirable than glass. They are a lot less fragile and some ceramics are actually structurally modified in such a way that they are stronger than regular ceramic. So strong, in fact, that these modified types of ceramics are even manufactured into kitchen knives.
If handled properly, the ceramic tea kettle could last for years. Ceramics do not rust. They are resistant to corrosion, unlike cast iron tea kettles and other metal-based kitchenware. Moreover, they do not form scale deposits, a situation that often happens with steel, aluminum or iron tea kettles.
And lastly, they come in various designs to delight your eyes and brighten up your kitchen. Some come with floral designs. Others come in funky shapes. You can even find a ceramic kettle fashioned in such a way that they mimic the shape of animals.
What better way to improve your tea drinking experience than using ceramic tea kettle that is not only practical but also aesthetically pleasing as well?
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