Tea pot-kettle: does such an animal exist?
I have a porcelain teapot for steeping tea and a copper/stainless steel tea kettle for boiling water. Both work great, and I love them for what they're meant for.
However, in additional to classic black/green teas, I've also started steeping other plants for medicinal purposes: fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, olive leaf, etc. With these, I want to steep for much longer periods of time than regular tea to extract as much of their active ingredients as possible. I can either let them sit in my teapot for a half hour (by which time the tea starts getting cold) or I can simmer them on very low heat in a small, generic pot. I then either poor directly into a mug (a little awkward since my pot doesn't have a spout or groove for the purpose) or pour into my teapot for serving.
What I'd love is something shaped like a teapot/kettle that I can use to boil water, simmer tea (on the stovetop) *and* is good for serving at a table. An oven to table teapot, if you will.
I haven't been able to find anything like this and am wondering if anyone here can think of an elegant solution. I could just buy a second stainless steel teapot for the purpose I suppose (I don't want to have to muck about with cleaning out the kettle that I use solely for boiling water), but these don't hold heat particularly well and aren't necessarily attractive for serving.
Hope this makes sense--thanks for your help!
hi - you might need to visit resale shops and garage sales or similar (ebay?), I recall back in the late 70s to early 80s, Corningware had a little pot that matched their casserole dishes. I don't recall what they had for a lid, if they even had one. Do a search on ebay for "corning ware tea pot" and lots come up.
2 other options I can think of are an insulated coffee carafe (hard to clean?) or an immersion coffee warmer (not exactly table worthy?).
i'm going to put a caution on my corningware answer - scrolled down the google page and saw this -
do you use a tea cozy?
How about a couple of terry dish towels wrapped around the tea pot to keep it warm?
How about putting on an electric hot pad?