Choosing a Solid Copper Tea Kettle or Copper Plated Tea Kettle

Tea lovers for generations have enjoyed the beauty and characteristics of rapid heating of copper kettles. While candles manufactured or hand-made from copper have been produced in the United States for decades, most such cookware is now manufactured in England, Portugal, India and China. Due to the high cost of genuine copper, many teapots are now made of stainless steel copper plated. When selecting a copper teapot solid new or used, it is important

Tea kettles in solid copper

That the inner lining of the pot is in good condition to avoid a metallic taste that can occur if the copper is exposed to the inside of the kettle. Most teapots made from real copper are lined inside with tin or nickel to avoid the metallic taste of copper. With use, the kettle stifles or develops an "antiqued" appearance. If you prefer to keep the teapot shiny outdoors, the outside of the pot should be cleaned regularly with a high quality non – abrasive metallic varnish. To quickly clean the most stubborn tarnish, the Wenol metallic varnish does an excellent job and leaves a clean look to the polished surface. Never clean the inside of a solid copper teapot with metallic varnish, metal plugs, metal utensils, bleaches, vinegar or difficult cleaners as this can severely damage the lining Of the pot. Since copper cooking utensils are a fast conductor of heat, solid copper teapots normally work well on medium or low heat settings, saving time and energy. Great care should be taken to never allow a solid copper kettle to boil dry on the stove. While most kettles will be damaged by this occurrence, allowing a solid copper kettle to boil dry can severely damage the inner liner of the kettle. A solid copper tea kettle with a burnt or damaged inner liner should not be used. Allowing a solid copper tea kettle to boil dry can also deform or damage the kettle.