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Cast Iron Teapots
Brief Introduction for Cast Iron Teapots:
Cast iron teapots are built up by manual work with the traditional casting technique. It is an cast iron teapot with ancient tradition and technology. Particularly, since the lord---Lizizhi, cast iron teapots have been considered as special local products. To protect this casting technique, cast iron teapots have been regarded as traditional handicrafts and developed up to now. This product came out with an excellent traditional iron casting technology. The classic iron skin and plain style have been regarded as pure Japanese creation, and have received considerable attention in Japan.
In particular, the cast iron teapot is the representative piece among all the works. To catch up the steps of the times, cast iron teapots must be made suitable for modern life based on the traditional technique, thus it has been praised highly. The cast iron teapot is not only a useful kettle, but also is a decorative and artistic handicraft. Such an excellent craft is worthy of long-term use and preservation.
People who have tea-brewing experience know that mountain spring water and well water are sweet, so they do everything possible to get such water back to brew tea. Someone has ever analyzed the water and found that the amount of iron in mountain spring water and well water is very high, and it is not in contact with air and exists in a form of Fe2+. Water after being boiled in the iron pot will have Fe2+, so it has the same effect as mountain water and can efficiently improve the taste. Cast iron tea pots are very suitable for brewing different teas.
The benefits to health:
Scientists have discovered that iron is the hematopoietic element. An adult needs 0.8-1.5mg of iron every day. Severe iron deficiency will affect intelligence development. Experiments show that drinking or cooking water with cast iron teapot can increase the absorption of iron, because when heating water or brewing tea by cast iron teapots, the iron will release Fe2 that is easy to be absorbed by human body. Appropriate amount of such tea that is cooked with cast iron teapots can supplement iron to our body and prevent anemia. Japanese like using cast iron pans and teapots to cook food and brew teas, recently it has been proved that during cooking or brewing, the pure cast iron pan or teapot will constantly release Fe2+, and Fe2+ will be absorbed when you have food or drink tea. The research found that children in those families who use cast iron teapots have sufficient hemoglobin in blood. On the other hand, most of the people in Japanese longevity village still have the habit of using cast iron teapot. Relevant data show that most of the people who like using cast iron teapots don't have the phenomena of anemia or iron deficiency. Iron is the important element that creates Hemoglobin, Myoglobin, and cytochromes, and iron is also the important element for other enzymes in the circulation and respiratory system. Human being is not able to absorb iron directly, while usually iron existing in the food is in the form of Fe3, and the reaction between gastric acid and Fe3 creates Fe2+, then Fe2+ will be absorbed by the upper part of duodenum and large intestine of human body.
When the cast iron teapot is used for the first time, put 5-10 grams of tea into the tea strainer, add some water into the teapot and heat it for about 10 minutes. Through this process, there will be a chemical reaction between the tannin contained in the tea leaves and the iron, and then forms a layer of tannic iron coating on the surface of the cast iron teapot. This kind of coating protects the teapot from getting rusty easily and helps remove odors from the new teapot. When the water is boiling, pour all the water out of the teapot, then repeat the process 2 or 3 times till the water is clear. You’d better use the teapot every day when it is new, so that the water scales will attach to the teapot quickly.
Charcoal fire is the appropriate heat source for cast iron teapot. Nowadays electric stove, gas stove or electromagnetic oven can be as a replacement.
In our daily use, please add the water no more than 80% of the teapot capacity in case it causes an overflow when the water is boiling. After using the teapot around 5 days, there will be some scarlet red spots on the inside wall, and around 10 days later, white scales will appear. These are the normal phenomena that don’t affect the tea as long as the water is clear enough.
Each time when finishing drinking, heat the teapot with small fire until the water evaporates completely, and use a soft dry cloth to clean it. To prevent the iron teapot getting rusty and to extend its service life, please keep the teapot dry and don’t leave any water overnight.
Maintenance of Cast Iron Teapots:
Avoid big temperature difference: big temperature difference means the temperature between teapot body and water has a big difference. For example, when the teapot is in a low temperature, you add boiled water, or when the teapot is hot, you add cold water. If such similar situation happens, the teapot is taking the risk of cracking. The better way is to use two cast iron teapots and switch each other when necessary. If you have only one, you can add hot water into the cast iron teapot when the tea is not enough.
Keep the cast iron teapot dry: After use, if there is some water left in the teapot, it will be easy to get rusty. So the better way is make use of the waste heat of teapot and furnace to evaporate the residual water, and make sure the teapot is dry enough.
Try to avoid being heated without any water: If the cast iron teapot is completely dry, you'd better not heat it. Because repeatedly and continuously heat cast iron teapot without any water inside, it will shorten the service life of the teapot and the cast iron teapot may be split.