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Saturday, 3 October 2009

TEA POT : USE AND CARE

Very happy day to my loving readers and visitors,

In my preceding article, I wrote about the tea pot and its characteristics. Since it is still fresh in your memory, I am going to give you some pointers as how to properly use and care for tea pot in this article:-

- have several teapots, for different occasions or to serve different types of tea, so as to reflect its class and characteristics

- always wash the teapot by rinsing with either warm or hot water. Do not use soap. After a period of use, the unglazed teapot will become shiny/glaring when it is rubbed with a soft and clean cloth.

- avoid using aluminum or enamel; aluminum may discolor the tea; chipped enamel may effect the flavor of the tea

- ceramic or bone china teapots retain the heat best

- check the glaze inside the pot for cracks and crazes

- check the handle for finger and knuckle room to avoid burns

- look for a hole in the lid to allow air to ensure the smooth flow of the tea from the pot

- a lug should be part of the lid to hold it in place so the lid doesn’t crash into the cups as the tea is pouring out from the pot.

- avoid using detergent inside a teapot as this will affect the taste of the tea

- remove tannin stains inside the teapot by filling and soaking the pot over several hours with a solution of hot water and four tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda – rinse thoroughly.

Please share with me some of your experience as how you take care of your tea pot. I believe that it is always worth to share our experience so as to enrich our experience.

Stay tuned and look forward to hearing from you,

James Oh

6 comments:

Sashindoubutsu said...

I have no tips to share regarding teapot cleaning.. And I have to say I really found this post very helpful as I am a tea drinker and uses teacups and teapot for my tea.^^

molly said...

I am going to link this blog and will be back often for reading. Keep it up!

James Oh said...

Sashindoubutsu,
Not a issue and I am more than happy to seeing here. Try these tips out and let me know your experience.

Thanks and look froward to hearing from you,

James Oh

James Oh said...

Thanks for dropping by and your comment, Molly. Hope you find it useful. Sure I will keep it up and moving.

Have a lovely day,

Jason Witt said...

I am one who doesn't use detergent on my cups or pots. I'm moving to all metal for tea service, mostly silver. Eventually I'll have all silver, if I'm fortunate enough to find the sterling silver accoutrements I can afford. It's going to work well with the raw, young Puerh I favor. --Teaternity

James Oh said...

Jason,
Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts here. I have not try on metal on tea service yet. Appreciate if you could keep me posted on the new course. Thanks.

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