"Tetsubin" Cast Iron Tea Kettle Care
For hundreds of years, cast iron tea kettles, known as "tetsubin", were used in Japan and they are still a part of the Tea Ceremony in Japan.
Why Use a Cast Iron Tea Kettle?
Cast iron absorbs heat evenly allowing for the tea leaves floating in the water to evenly heat up. With the distribution of heat, the leaves gradually heat up infusing the greatest amount of tea flavor into the water. You get more flavor and the nutrients are infused water with the even heating. Your tea will remain hot in a cast iron tea kettle for up to an hour. And another benefit is that cast iron is more durable than clay or ceramic.
For your tetsubin to last, take the following steps before your first use.
- Rinse the cast iron thoroughly in hot water
- Never use detergents or abrasives on your kettle
- Dry the kettle while it is still warm with a dry cloth
Things to avoid:
- Do not wash it in a dishwawher
- The inside of the kettle is glazed, so avoid using metal utensils inside it
- Avoid leaving tea or water in it for long periods of time
- While the kettle is warm, always wipe the outside with a dry cloth
- Do not cool the kettle suddenly while it is still warm
- Avoid salt or oil on and in the kettle
- Do not use in a microwave oven