There are basically two types of English tea kettles:
still prefer their stove top kettle to that of the electric models.
While it is the teapot that actually steeps the tea, it is the kettle that is necessary to heat the water to pour into the pot.
A favorite material used in tea kettles is copper with a tin lining.
You can find tea kettles in many colors and designs. Many people keep the same kettle for years and years. It is more like an old trusted friend than a kitchen implement.
The whistling tea kettle is a favorite among tea lovers. I think there is nothing quite like looking forward to a good cup of tea.
These bright cheery pieces of English tradition add a special glow to a cold winters evening and go with almost any kitchen decor.
Do You Collect?
Have you ever collected tea tins? I love to collect them whether they held tea, chocolate, coffee or candies. Some are so detailed they almost are a work of art.
Several years ago while on the Queen Elizabeth II, I bought chocolate in a beautiful tin to bring back home as gifts. The tin had a picture of the QE2 on it.
The candy inside is long gone though the memories of the trip are still fresh when I look at the tin. I still have it and reuse it to store keys, buttons, coins, etc.
People also love to collect unusual kettles and keep them on shelves along with the tins.
The next time you sit down to enjoy a cup of tea take a moment to appreciate the kettle and all it has to offer. (I enjoy getting the milk, sugar and cups ready and wait for the whistle).Return from English Tea Kettle to Kettles