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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.

        Link: http://www.bodumusa.com/shop/line.asp...

    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...

        Link: http://www.staubusa.com/prod_teapot/i...

        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

          Link: http://cgi.ebay.com/CORNINGWARE-CORNI...

          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.

            Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

            1. You may want to try PFALTZGRAFF, I believe they have a website...

              1. I have 2 I like. One is a stainless steel lined copper kettle from Castle Copper in Ireland, Calphalon used to import Castle Copper, but lost their minds and dropped the line when the founder died. My other that I have had forever and a day is from Copco. Enameled steel inside and out I've never had a problem with rust with either pot. I use the Copco kettle more often because it does not need polishing all of the time as the copper does.

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                  Niki Rothman

                  I think the Robert Graves designed tea kettle is very attractive and it's stainless steel, so you shouldn't have a problem leaving water in it. Take a look at it at target.com. Search Michael Graves. It whistles but you can pull out the whistling thingie and discard it.
                  If Target doesn't have it you could search online.

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                  1. re: Niki Rothman

                    I'll probably get crucified for this but I boil my water in an old corning ware teapot just like Richie mentions below and then just brew the tea in a pyrex 2 cup measuring thingy. I always use whole leaf tea so I strain it out into a heated cup. Of course, if I were serving to guests, I would be more elequent, but I drink alone. Can't beat that old corning ware pot for keeping water at a simmer for a second brewing!
                    Bob

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                      Niki Rothman

                      This is an interesting subject. I never mentioned it here - no reason before...but I've got a background in Zen Buddhism. Tea aesthetics are very important in Zen - the serenity, the alertness and relaxation that only tea can provide ("stimulates without intoxicating" was a Victorian tea advert.). But the beauty that tea preparation can bring to the ordinary is right up there with what Zen is trying to convey in general as a philosophy. Daily life should have an element of gracefulness, peace and bringing deliberateness and consiousness to the hum drum and otherwise boring little chores of our ordinary existence. This is coming around to why your post provoked me to write this..."If I were serving to guests I would be more elegant, but I drink alone." Think about that. Who's the most important person in your life? You? Don't you deserve to experience beauty in your private moments? It might be an interesting experience. A beautiful teapot and cup - inexpensive luxury - for you by you. To be enjoyed everyday while you savor the little personal ceremony of preparing and enjoying your own private tea.

                      1. re: Niki Rothman

                        YES*YES*YES
                        Beautiful thoughts/suggestions. To bring the extraordinary from ordinary.
                        I use a bodum glass cups and an old chinese ceramic pot to brew the tea.
                        To boil water I use an old Pyrex that at one time must've been used as a percolator. It was brand new when it was purchased at a garage sale, I like the fact that its see thru so one can regulate the boiling process, not too much for the delicate white teas, just a bare simmer. . . .

                        1. re: Niki Rothman

                          Hi Niki
                          When I first read your reply, I thought, "Hmm, how cosmic". However, the more I thought about it, I must agree with you. Now, my method of brewing suits me because I like to watch the leaves open up and can keep an eye on the color. I do have a nice teapot for brewing but I like to observe - consistancy here, gives me satisfaction. I have a beautiful Limioges bone china service from Emery, Bird, Thayer, Kansas City. Antique and so delicate, you can read through it. However, I prefer a heavier cup that will hold the heat. Originally, my reason for drinking tea was for the antioxidants. However, I discovered that I really did experience a feeling of calm, peaceful isolation and relaxation while sipping. (by "alone" I meant that I'm the only one partaking; I'm not cloistered) So. I guess you could augue that I have achieved a Zen like experience in my own way. The methodlolgy calms me, the experience sooths me. It's MY ceremony and it gives me satisfaction so I think we're on the same wavelink!
                          Bob

                      2. re: Niki Rothman

                        I had a Michael Graves tea kettle from Target that I loved, so when it wore out I bought a new one this last January. But just recently the lip of the spout has developed rust...just weeks beyond the 90-day return policy. I am SO disappointed. I won't buy another one.

                      3. I LOVE the electric water kettle that I picked up in Canada this past summer. I use it to heat water both for tea and for coffee (I have a French Press) and it works so fast!

                        Even better: we lost our electricity for 10 days after Hurricane Wilma hit. With our generator and a power strip, I was able to brew hot coffee and tea for us and many needy neighbors. Now THAT is a useful appliance!

                        1. We have a glass, electric Capresso kettle and love it - I drink a ton of tea and this heats very quickly. You can leave water in it (although mftr. says not to), but it will create faster mineral build-up (white vinegar is your friend here). You know that tea snobs say fresh water every time, right? It does not whistle.

                          Link: http://www.capresso.com/prod_break_gl...

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                            wow i'm a dog

                            i love my simplex tea kettle. it's british, lovely and works beautifully (with water left in it!). they offer a special kettle for either electric or gas ranges. the only downside? it's a bit pricey at 95 bucks.

                            Link: http://www.specialteas.com/Simplex+Ga...

                              1. I love mine, and I keep water in it all the time.Chantal, and it's stainless steel, and that's the way to go. A little pricey but watch around at Ross, or Marshalls, I have seen them there, and they'll price them for at least half the original price. http://www.viecokitchen.com/sl3717.htm