cast iron japanese teapot….

28 Sep

So I’m on my third teapot, why you ask?  Because none of them were ever good enough…until now.  The previous ceramic teapots leaked from the spout and no amount of doodads would correct the spilling…so aggravating.

This little gem I found on Granville Island for a mere $55, most stores sell these guys for just under a hundred.  The pot is made out of cast-iron so it is heavy but also keeps the tea nice and hot for a lot longer than the ceramic ones.

I chose a matte red dimpled pot that just looks so darn pretty all on it’s own!  The cast-iron is coated with enamel but it is recommended that you never let water sit it there for too long and make sure you let it dry out completely before putting the lid back on.  It came with a little mesh tea strainer inside for loose leaf teas.

The spout pours perfectly without a single drip.

Although you can put the cast iron pot right on the stove, I choose not to mare the bottom.  Instead, fill the pot with the boiling water and let sit for 5min.  Dump the water out and then pour fresh boiled water in to steep your tea of choice.  This apparently warms the cast iron first and will keep your tea warm longer.

Remember…delicate teas like green tea and white teas should be made with 80-90 degree water to prevent bitterness!


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