Cast iron tea pots were created in ancient China and later adopted by the Japanese. Inpurities are removed from the cast iron during the production process, and a black enamel is applied inside to help prevent the formation of rust. Practical as well as decorative, they symbolize the everlasting strength and unity of the world.
These pots may be used as tea kettles to boil water, or as teapots to brew tea. Most come with a stainless mesh infuser for brewing loose tea, which should be removed if using the pot to boil water. It is also important that the pot not be allowed to boil dry as this can damage the enamel lining.
After each use make sure the pot is clean and dry. Water should not be kept in the pot overnight as chemicals and minerals in the water can damage the lining.
If rust forms, though, the pot can still be used. Clean the rusted area with a soft brush or fine steel wool, and boil used teabags or tea leaves. The tannic acid from the tea will react naturally with the iron producing a black seal covering the rusted area. Rust from the pot is non-toxic, so it will be safe to use.
At Drala we carry a great selection of affordable Chinese cast iron tea pots in a variety of colours, patterns and sizes. As stock is always changing, drop into see what’s in store, phone us at the toll-free number above, or email us!
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Put your cast iron tea pot on display to evoke moods of ancient China; enjoy your tea, while contemplating the true meaning of life!