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How To Choose The Right Tea Kettle

Posted by charlotte on July 15, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (6)


A tea kettle is a kitchen appliance that many ignore. They can be very beneficial and add lots of appeal to your cooking area. Though you can make a cup of tea with domestic hot water and a tea case, a tea kettle offers you more freedom and permits you to play with the flavor from the tea. If you have a tea kettle you need to use tea leaves and mix unique variations of tea to create your own personal flavor. In this article we will handle a few things that may help you choose the right one

The first thing you'll want to decide is whether you need an electric one or even a stove top. Electric ones have their very own advantages but a stove top kettle might be just as useful. In the end, it is supposed to help boil water and you don't have advanced technology for that. Using a stove top you have its own charm as well as tea enthusiasts favor the actual stove top tea kettle in the new electronic kettles. After you have decided what type regarding kettle you want you'll want to decide what material you need the kettle to be made of.

Aluminum ones look like steel and are very light but tend not to hold up to a lot wear and tear. A glass kettle will allow you to see the water boil and are also easier to clean however they break very easily. (Information from


What Is The Best Electric Tea Kettle?

This is the question tea lovers ask, “What is the best electric tea kettle?”, but the answer is very simple. Tea is loved by many people all over the world. Therefore, lots of people would like to know the best container for tea. However, the question still runs through some people’s mind on how they could get the kettle to heat their tea. Knowing that tea may be affected by its container and it can also determine the kind of taste or fragrance it produces, this why most tea lovers look for the best tea kettle. All kettles can hold the tea but not every kettle will allow you to see the content of the vessel clearly.

Although it is a lot of fun to witness water come to a boil. It is not necessary to do so to get the most out of your loose leaf tea.

What should we look for in a water kettleSome tea kettle will deny you of the natural taste you wish the tea should have. I have noticed this a lot but plastic made kettles are often the culprit of this. As these water kettles are NOT BPA free and can leave a plastic taste in your water. It is also un-healthy for us to ingest these chemicals into our body which makes the tea almost counter-intuitive. It becomes very imperative to get for yourself the best tea kettle.

So looking for a completely (or almost completely) steel or glass is a must.There are lots of things to consider before deciding what is the best tea kettle for you; one should look out for a teakettle that has boiling timer. This implies that the teakettle should have a temperature regulator and should be able to be switch on and off easily. The best electric tea kettle should at least be the one that its switch is close to the users’ hand, therefore will allow for easy access and control.

It is obvious that every one wants an easy life. So we all will like to have utensils that do not give us headaches. This is why the modern technology has made it very easy for everyone. As an individual you deserve nothing but the best, you should therefore go for the best and have no less of it. There are lots of electric water kettles out there today, but what you must go for is the best pick. This is why this article educates you on how to choose nothing but the best.

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Most modern day water kettles have temperature presets which make brewing tea easier than ever before. Did you know that certain teas actually need to be brewed at different temperatures and for different amounts of time. If they aren’t then you have a chance of burning the tea leaves making your perfect cup of tea very bitter.

And I don’t think that sounds very enjoyable, do you?

The wireless RevolutionOur strive for better, more efficient functionality in a water kettle has reached almost mastery. With most great kettles being 360 degree cordless function allowing transportation to a cup without having limited range. Being restricted by a cord can lead to possible burns or just have making tea seem like more work then it should be.

If you do your due diligence and pick out a really nice kettle like the cuisinart electric tea kettle, it also has a memory of up to 30 minutes that will remember at what temperature you boiled your water at and also has a keep warm setting which will keep it at that temperature once put back on the platform.

By the way, the Cuisinart electric tea kettle is actually my current favorite because it’s reasonably priced. It has temp presets which makes brewing all different kinds of teas seemless, and has a powerful heating potential. I’ve been using it for a little over a year without any break downs and just love it.

Quick heating action. The last thing you want is something that is not going to coincide with your day. If you’re on the go, you want a kettle that can both, hold a large amount of water, and be able to heat that water in a short period of time. That is why you should also be mindful of how many watts go into your best tea kettle set up. (Continue reading:



Grind Coffee Beans with a Coffee Grinder

Posted by charlotte on May 15, 2016 at 2:50 AM


The most convenient coffee to buy is already ground. After all, it's available everywhere and easy to load into the coffee maker. However, ground coffee expires at a faster rate than whole bean coffee, and the fresher your coffee, the more flavor in your cup when it's brewed. Grinding coffee right before its brewed is important to ensuring a fresher cup of coffee every time.

There are two main types of coffee grinders, each with pros and cons, and a full range of ground coffee from fine grind to coarse grind.

Let's Get Started

* I want to know what grinder to use?

* I would like to know how I should grind my coffee?


Two Coffee Bean Grinders. There are two main kinds of coffee bean grinders made for home use: the "coffee mill" sometimes called the burr grinder, and the more common propeller grinder.

Burr Grinder. The burr grinder grinds the beans using two burrs, or serrated discs. You set the type of grind you want, load the beans into the chamber, and start grinding. Ground coffee collects in a second chamber ready to be brewed.

Compared to the propeller grinder, it will take a little longer to grind beans with a burr grinder. In my personal experience, I assumed the first time I used a burr grinder that it was defective because it was taking so long. That can be the downside, although I now own the Cuisinart burr grinder, and it grinds as quickly as my old propeller grinder did. The major upside is that a burr grinder produces a consistent grind. If you put ground coffee from a burr grinder under the microscope, you would see a consistent grind throughout. Consistency is very important to the process of making good coffee. This makes a burr grinder a valuable kitchen appliance to have.

Propeller Grinder. The more common grinder is the propeller grinder, known for its two-sided single blade that spins and chops the beans at the same time. After loading the beans into the chamber and grinding, you decide when to stop grinding the beans based on personal experience and through the transparent cover of the grinder.

Unlike the burr grinder, there is no second chamber into which consistently-ground coffee collects. Instead, you decide when to stop grinding. Of course, you can open the lid to take a closer look at the coarseness of your ground coffee and continue grinding if need be. Some propeller grinders still with life in them need to be thrown out. The heat of the propeller will affect the flavor of the coffee, and not in a good way.

What you get the propeller grinder gives you an inconsistent grind and potentially burns your coffee. Why use it? First of all, it's the more common coffee grinder so you'll find it at a lower price and after all, it still does the job, just not as consistently as the burr grinder. But, the burr grinder takes time to grind, and the propeller grinder does the job in a fraction of the time, which is another reason.

Recommended post: Difference between burr grinder and blade grinder

Type of Coffee GrindAnother popular question is how finely to grind coffee? How coarse or fine your grind depends on your brewing method, and that's the topic of our next discussion. For now, what you need to know is that:


* Different brewing methods take different amounts of time to combine water and coffee into one hot brewed beverage.

* The longer the heated water is going to be exposed to the coffee, the coarser a grind you will use.

* In the drip brewer common to North American households, you would use a medium grind.

Full article at Make Good Coffee: Grinding


Recipe: All the fuss about green tea

Posted by charlotte on May 9, 2016 at 3:30 AM


Want to know what all the fuss about green tea is? Apart from being a refreshing, soothing beverage – served hot or cold – it's an easy metabolism-booster, packed with antioxidants that help burn fat.


Green tea and weight loss

Research shows that green tea can lower blood sugar levels and reduce the absorption of fat from the intestine. So, if you're looking to shed a few pounds, you may want to consider adding a cup or two of green tea to your daily diet.


Healthy green tea for a healthy heart

Most teas contain vitamins and antioxidants, but green tea goes one step beyond. Not only does it aid with weight loss, it's also helps fight various cancers and heart disease. The antioxidant in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), helps to speed up the recovery of heart cells and minimizes cell death after a heart attack.


How to make healthy green tea

There are many different flavours of green tea you can enjoy. So long as those green tea leaves are present, you're going to get all those great health benefits that come with it. If you're steeping green tea leaves in hot water, be sure to throw in your favourite herbs, such as ginger, mint or chamomile. For refreshing iced green tea, just let the fresh tea cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then refrigerate for about two hours.


Healthy green tea recipes:


1. Citrus Mint Iced Tea

Toss some mint leaves, orange slices and green tea bags into a boiling teapot for a delicious homemade tea. Serve over ice and garnish the glasses with orange or lime slices.


2. Green Ginger Mint Tea

Green tea with spearmint is a popular Moroccan digestive. Green tea lives, such as gunpowder leaves, are rolled into small balls that unfurl in hot water to release a slightly bitter, smoky infusion. This refreshing brew is also good iced. Sweeten with honey, if desired.


3. Mango Calendula Ceylon Tea

When sweetened with mango and ginger, delicate teas like green gunpowder make for refreshing afternoon drinks or light, fruity iced teas. Add sugar after steeping if you wish to accentuate the fruity flavour.


Page 1 of 2 -- Discover seven more healthy green tea recipes on page 2. 4. Mint Tea

Chinese green tea is often served before meals, and always after. Spearmint has the best flavour; other infusions, such as cinnamon, saffron and lemon verbena, can also be added for fragrance.


5. Chamomile Mint Tea

For this blend, it's especially nice if you use jasmine tea, which is made from green and black tea leaves, because of its flowers. Chamomile and lavender heighten the floral bouquet and create a pretty pattern when they unfurl in a glass cup or pot.


6. Rose Petal Tea

Choose the aroma you prefer for this blend: black tea leaves offer a floral aroma and citrusy flavour; green tea leaves are more like perfume and tobacco.


7. Peach White Iced Tea

White tea is a mild tea that comes from the same plant as green tea but is picked when the buds are still covered in fine silver hair and not fully opened – it blends perfectly with fresh or thawed peaches.

Source: Healthy green tea recipes by Canadian Living

Making Hop Tea with a Coffee Maker

Posted by charlotte on October 16, 2015 at 3:20 AM

Have you ever made hop tea? Well, I do and I was pleasantly surprise that I could actually use my current coffee maker to do just that. I thought that I need to buy something else to make a good dose of specialized tea. But it seems that I made the right choice in getting the best rated coffee maker as per a well known product review site.

So how do I make a well flavored hop tea? I used about 5 Cascade pellet hops and brew it as usual. However, if you are a tea lover like me than you will know that coffee maker tends to be too hot for a quality hop tea. When the tea leaves are brewed in the same way as coffee grains, it will lose its special flavor.What I usually did was refrigerating the water before using it to brew tea. The end result would be a milder hop flavor and yet still held the distinct bitterness of the tea leaves. 

Alternatives for Sampling Hop Flavors and Aroma 



There are a variety of methods for sampling hop varieties to get a good idea of how they behave in beer. These include:


Rubbing and Smelling The Hops – The easiest method by far is to take a small sample of the hops you are considering and rub it in your hands. Then put your hands up to your nose and inhale deeply. You will get a good idea of the aroma the hop has. This will help you determine the hop aroma oils present in the variety, and is a good indicator of what you might get from dry hopping or whirlpool/steeping the hops.

SMASH Brewing – Brewing beer with a Single Malt and Single Hops is another great way to get an idea of what a single hop variety brings to the beer. You can brew a mini-batch or full size batch using a Single (or two) malts and only one hop variety and it will provide a great indicator of how that hop performs in your beer.

Hop Tea – The subject of this article – using a small sample of tea made with extract and your desired hop variety. This is probably the easiest way to get an idea of hop bitterness and boil flavor without brewing a full batch of beer.

Creating a Hop Tea for Beer Brewing


There are several methods for making hop tea. Here are a few of the popular recipes:


Plain Hop Tea with Cold Water: The most basic method, often used by non-brewers involves just water and tea. It can be made cold or hot. The cold infusion method uses more hops (approximately 1 oz (28 grams) per quart (liter) of water). Add the hops to cold water and allow to steep 4-8 hours at room temperature, then strain to remove the hops. At this point you can refrigerate it and drink when desired. This will give you a good idea of the hop flavor, but not how it interacts with malt or alcohol.

Plain Hop Tea with Hot Water: Similar to above, but hot water is used to steep the hops for 20 minutes at a slightly lower hop rate. Generally you will get a slightly milder flavor from this method, along with some hop bitterness, but you still will not have an idea of how the hops, malt and alcohol interact.

Hop Tea with Malt Extract: In this case, we will add some dry malt extract to our tea to give it a malty and hoppy flavor. Add approximately 2 ounces (57 grams) by weight to a quart (liter) of distilled or filtered water. This will give you a gravity of approximately 1.022. Next we’ll about 1/8 oz of hops, which will give a strong hop flavor, and boil it for 10 minutes. This will provide a pretty hoppy malt-hop tea we can taste and get a good idea of how the hop might perform.

Hop Tea, Malt Extract and Alcohol: The final version – adds some alcohol to the mix. It won’t be beer, but will give you a good idea of how your hops will mix with both malt and alcohol flavors. In this case you make a hop tea with malt extract, just as described above. However after the quart/liter mixture cools, we mix in a small amount of clear 80 proof vodka. I recommend starting with 1 oz (29 ml) and adding a bit more as desired to balance the taste.

Note that the above amounts are rough guidelines, and assume a moderate (6% alpha) hops, and assume a strongly hop forward mixture. For high alpha hops, you probably will want to add less and for low alpha hops you may want to add more. You may need to play with the hop and alcohol content as well, or perhaps thin the mixture with water if it is too far out of balance when sampling. However the instructions above give you a good starting point to sample a hop variety without having to brew an entire batch of beer.

More information: Female health benefits of hops

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    The Convenience of a Coffee Maker

    Posted by charlotte on August 25, 2014 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

    Coffee is a must for some with hectic, unscheduled lifestyles and a cup of coffee daily from the local cafe; or the vending machine can burn a hole in one's pocket. A way to skimp on the sum spent on coffee is to have home-made coffee. A coffee machine is the best thing to own for a coffee addict with a tight budget. One can browse the net for reviews and customer recommendations for the best coffee maker available on the market, for the kitchen.


    An electrical coffee maker brews and dispense coffee at one go and provides great convenience. First, water is poured into a reservoir and a coffee filter is filled with the desired amount of coffee grinds. The amount of grinds used depends on individual preference of the strength of coffee. A flick of the switch and the machine is all set to brew the coffee. Brewed coffee is best consumed fresh and should not be left to sit for too long as coffee becomes increasingly bitter with time. All in all, a coffee maker provides hearty coffee and is a great budget buy for those who seek expediency.