Cast iron teapots are durable and can be used for tea making. This article will cover all aspects of cast iron teapot maintenance.
The Japanese traditionally use cast iron teapots to brew their tea.
Cast iron teapots were first used in China to make tea from loose tea leaves called sencha. In Japan, these teapots are called Tetsubin. Many people prefer a cast iron teapot over a ceramic one because the heat is evenly distributed and kept in the teapot for longer periods of time.
To ensure the teapot’s longevity, you must take care of it. You cannot use the same cleaning methods for cleaning the teapot as you do for other utensils.
Cast iron teapots are protected by enamel coatings on the inside that prevent rusting. This article will cover cast iron teapot maintenance and care.
How to clean a cast-iron teapot
Cast iron teapots require a different cleaning method to maintain their longevity. Here are some tips to clean cast iron teapots.
- Let the teapot cool completely before cleaning it.
- You can rinse the teapot in warm water but do not use dishwashing detergent.
- You should avoid using an abrasive scoring tool to clean the inside of your teapot. It could scratch or damage the enamel coating. This could lead to rusting.
- After you have finished rinsing your teapot with warm, soapy water, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe the teapot’s interior. Then, use the cloth to wipe the outside of the teapot.
- Turn the teapot upside-down on the counter. Let it air dry.
- It is rare for enamel-glazed cast iron teapots to develop rust. If rust has formed, use a soft brush to clean it.
- The next step is to fill the teapot using used tea leaves and boil water. Cover the teapot with a lid and let the tea steep for 20-25 minutes. The tea leaves should be thrown away and the water must be poured out of the teapot. The tea’s tannin reacts with the rust to form a natural seal that stops rust from returning.
- These other tips that will be of great help when cleaning a teapot made from cast iron are:
- Handwash cast iron teapots only. Do not place them in the dishwasher.
- Before you store your teapot, it is important to dry the teapot thoroughly from the inside as well as the outside. Rust can form even if there is just a little bit of water.
- You should ensure that no oil or salt comes in direct contact with your teapot. This will cause it to corrode.
Cast iron pots should not be left unattended for too long. This will stain the teapot’s interior and cause the enamel to wear down.
- Avoid placing your cast iron teapot in a microwave or on top of a gas stove.
How to use a cast iron teapot
Let’s take a look at how to use your cast iron teapot now that we know how to care for it. Cast iron teapots can be used to brew the tea the same way as any other teapot.
Pour some hot water, but not boiling, into the teapot. Let it sit for half an hour. Keep the lid closed and the teapot away. This will allow the teapot to remain warm.
The next step is to boil water for the tea. Once the water has boiled, drain the tea from the cast-iron teapot.
Add the tea leaves to the teapot in cast iron. Next, pour boiling water over the tea leaves.
Cover the teapot with the lid and let the tea steep for 3-4 mins. Different teas require different steeping times, so be sure to read the instructions on the tea packet to determine the right time to steep your tea.
After the tea has steamed for the desired time, you can pour it into your teacups.
Season your cast iron teapot before you use it for the first time.
You can season a cast-iron teapot by simply adding some hot water to the pot and some tea leaves.
Then, pour the tea into the cup. Cast iron teapots will last a lifetime if you take care of them. It will retain its beauty and be a treasured heirloom.