How to Care For Your Cast Iron Teapot to Ensure Longevity

The cast iron teapot also known as tetsubin or cast iron tea kettle was used originally in Japan as kettle for boiling water which is done on an open fire. Japanese people then hang their tea kettle above their fireplace in order to provide enough heat, humidity and heat during cold weather.

During the introduction of green tea in the middle of the 19th century, a cast iron teapot was used on a regular basis making this beautiful teapot the famous kettle of choice during that time and even today.

Cast iron tea kettles have been considered the timeless form of tea kettles bringing not only warmth and soothing feeling to every family but also gives an undeniable elegance to every kitchen type.

Cast iron teapot is the oldest type of kettles around. What makes it popular is that it is non-toxic. It also has an excellent ability to retain heat.

However, one common problem of tea kettle users is the challenge in cleaning this teapot.

Due to the fact that it is iron, it is prone to rust. Cleaning your teapot is not that difficult if you know what you are doing.

But first of all, it is important to know that your teapot should only be used for your tea and your tea only and equally important, with the same type of tea instead of a using it on different types of tea or worse, use it for other type of food.

Cast iron teapot has the ability to absorb seasoning, “taking the taste” of your particular type of tea. Using the same teapot for different types of tea changes the taste or season of your tea kettle.

Use a dish soap for cleaning inside of your cast iron teapot but do not use a strong detergent. Another great tip is to add a bit of olive oil and salt.

Removing the rust inside the kettle is done by using any cotton cloth, wet it and add a a small portion of coarse salt and a small amount of olive oil into the bottom of the kettle. Rub the rusted areas with the wet cloth and air dry.

Knowing how to take care of your cast iron teapot will ensure a long lasting service and more delicious tea for you and your family.