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Feb 6, 2006 11:25 AM

tea kettle?

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I think this constitutes as food-related...

I need a new tea kettle, but I want one you can leave water in. All the ones I've been seeing tell you to not let water stand inside the teapot (to prevent rust forming), but this seems an unrealistic request.

Should I look for enamel or teflon coated tea kettles? Or will any tea kettle rust when water's left inside (and I just need to get used to emptying it out)?

Plus, if any of you have a tea kettle you're absolutely in love with, I'd love a recommendation. Non-shrieking whistle is a plus.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Are you just going to boil water in the kettle, or are you going to brew tea in it? Maybe tea pot is the correct term for the brewing one.

    Stainless steel is probably your best material for long term water contact.

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    1. re: paulj

      If you just want to boil water, then I have a Krups auto boiler that I love. Mine is a 12-cup, but they do smaller. Switches off automatically, and there is no problem leaving water inside.

      If you want a tea-pot, then the only recommendation is a negative one. The heavy cast-iron ones sold in design stores as Japanese, have a fragile ceramic lining. They rust, badly. Not recommended.

      1. re: Sean Dell

        I like electric tea kettles too! Mine is from Bodum. It's my second one, in between I had some other brand, but I like Bodum so much more! The design is light it uses lighter plastic and less of it so the kettle is not as heavy, and lasts longer than my other kettle.
        Yes, those heavy cast iron ones are no good for brewing either - leave unpleasant metallic taste. Only nice for decorating.


    2. Besides rust forming, I've found that leaving water standing in the kettle results in mineral deposits as well (removed by soaking with white vinegar). But when you make tea, don't you want to always start with fresh water? IMHO, it makes a better cup of tea.

      1. I have a Staub "Le Theiere", cast-iron, non-whistling. I love it -- no fuss, nothing to break, old school, easy to clean. The care instructions, however, do say not to leave water in there. Here's a link...


        1. What you need is one of the old corningware teapots from the 70's. My mom had me look for one at a yeard sale for her because she had the rusting problem too. She liked it so much I found one for myself and have used it for many years now. I probably paid all of a few dollars for it. Click on the link below and I will show you what I am talking about. Richie


          1. I always highly recomend the electric hot water air pots that are common in asian households. It allows you to get water at 208F any time at a touch of a button, without waiting for it to boil - of course you do have to keep filling it - but it seals, and is a thermos, so it stays hot with little electricity. I've had mine for several years with no problems - I use it for my pot of tea as well as cups of soup or whatever else I may want hot water for. I don't have problems with residue, but I have softened/reverse osmosis filtered water.