Lift It Up and Pour It Out: How to Use a Teapot
Teapots can seem like a remnant of the past.
Thus, there is a good chance that you have never had to use one.
If you are engaging in proper tea making techniques, however, you may be wondering about the mechanism behind using a teapot.
In this case, here is your guide on how to use a teapot.
Within a short period of time, you will have mastered the process.
Tea Pot vs. Kettle – What’s the Difference
Let’s get the first major topic out of the way – what is the difference between a tea kettle and a teapot?
Now, many people do use these terms interchangeably, but they are not the same.
Tea kettles are the vessels that are used to heat the water.
They will be placed on stoves or, if electric, be plugged into power outlets.
Teapots, on the other hand, are the vessels that the tea is brewed in.
You add hot water and tea leaves or teabags into a teapot and allow them to steep.
Traditionally, kettles are more durable as they have to withstand exposure to direct heat.
Teapots don’t have to be nearly as hardy and are often used for more decorative purposes.
Types of Teapots
Before you can learn how to use a tea pot, you have to understand the different types.
In turn, this will give you an idea of how each type can be used to brew varying kinds of tea.
The most common types of teapots are glass, ceramic, and porcelain.
Let’s take a closer look at these…
Ceramic Teapots – Teapots That Retain Heat the Best
Now, many people wonder: can you boil water in a ceramic teapot?
No, you can’t.
Ceramic teapots have been designed for higher temperatures which is why they are used to brew black and puerh teas.
Despite this, they can’t be used to boil water.
In case you are deliberating can you put a porcelain teapot on the stove, the answer, once again is no.
Porcelain teapots are actually more delicate than ceramic ones. This is why they tend to be used to brew green and white teas.
These teas need to be steeped at a lower temperature.
They will also allow heat to dissipate faster than their ceramic counterparts.
Glass teapots are becoming a more common occurrence.
This is because the transparent walls let you see the tea leaves unfurl and the water begin to change color.
It makes for a great performance.
While glass teapots are often made from borosilicate glass, they do vary in thickness. As such, it can be difficult to know how well a particular teapot can retain heat.
How to Make Tea in a Teapot
Now it comes down to the main feature: the top brewing teapot technique.
Most experts would argue that it is best to brew tea with loose leaf tea leaves.
These produce a far better flavor and aroma.
However, if you are looking for convenience as well, you can find tips for both methods below.
How to Make Loose Leaf Tea in a Teapot
If you are brewing loose leaf tea, then you have two options when it comes to teapots.
You can use one with a built-in or removable infuser. This saves you the trouble of having to use a strainer when pouring the tea out.
Still, infusers can limit how much room the tea leaves have to unfurl and bloom. Therefore, it may compromise the taste.
If you are worried about this, use a teapot that doesn’t have an infuser.
These are the steps that you should follow.
Step 1: Heat the Water in a Kettle to the Right Temperature
Place water into a tea kettle and heat it.
Pay attention to whether you are brewing black, oolong, white, or green tea and heat the water accordingly.
Step 2: Warm the Teapot
Pour a little bit of the hot water into the teapot and swill it around.
This will ensure that the teapot is evenly heated, allowing it to retain heat more efficiently.
Step 3: Add the Tea Leaves
Add the tea leaves into the infuser or into the teapot.
Add one teaspoon for each person and one for the pot.
Pour in the water so that the leaves are covered. Replace the lid.
Allow the leaves to steep for a desired period of time.
Step 4: Pour the Tea
If the teapot has an infuser, you can pour the tea directly into the individual cups.
In case the teapot doesn’t have an infuser, place a strainer over each cup as your pour the tea.
How to Make a Pot of Tea with Tea Bags
If you are using teabags, then neither an infuser nor a strainer is required.
Step 1: Heat the Water
Once again, the water should be placed in a tea kettle and heated to an appropriate temperature.
Follow the instructions on the teabag packaging for the best possible flavor.
Step 2: Warm the Pot
When the water has reached the desired temperature, pour it into the teapot.
Make sure that the warm water sufficiently warm the inside of the teapot.
Step 3: Brew the Tea
Pour the water into the teapot.
Add the teabags, making sure that they are immersed in the water, but that the teabags tags are still visible out of the pot.
Add one teabag for each person and one for the pot.
Replace the lid so that the teabags are caught between the opening and the lid, allowing the bags to steep for the necessary period of time.
Step 4: Pour the Tea
Remove the teabags from the pot.
Divide the tea between the cups.
So, there you go! A lesson in how to use a teapot. There are some tricky spots but once you figure it out, you can brew tea like a pro.
Dr. Dheena Sadik
Consultant Nutritionist and Dietician
Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. However, her love for tea began long before she understood the health benefits of tea. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Dheena had the privilege of being surrounded by the world-famous Ceylon tea. This is what got her started on her exploration of the various types of tea. She has now extensively tasted and examined teas from all over the world.