Know by different names around the world, Tea: The word tea is used in Basque, English, Hungarian (in which the plural of tea is teak) and Tamil. Variations of the word tea include tee (Afrikaans and Finnish), thee (Dutch), Teo (Esperanto) and der Tee (German). Té: Té is the word for tea in Catalan, Galician and Haitian Creole
Nevertheless drinking tea is always refreshing!
For heating water for a variety of purposes, the ubiquitous kettle for tea has probably been around since shortly after the fire was used to heat food and water. Originally made of metal and heated over an open fire or on the stovetop, today’s modern kettle for teas are often used to brew hot beverages such as tea and are equipped with automatic shut-offs to prevent the water from over boiling and damaging the heating element.
As time passed, the tea kettles have undergone major design changes for such a simplistic device. Many of the first metal ones were made of metals that could rust and unless properly cared for often included a few flakes of corroded metal in the beverage.
With the use of stainless steel electric kettles today, the kettles for tea became must-have household items in several homes for making tea and instant coffee that required hot water. Most brewing instructions require the water to be heated to the boiling point and soon they were fitted with steam whistles than sounded when the water began to boil.
In addition to the handle and spout, some of the kettles for teas also had a removable lid on the top into which bags of tea could be placed for steeping once the water reached the boiling point. The kettle could be removed from the heat source and bags placed inside for typically about five minutes before the user could pour it into their cups.
Decorative Uses Found for Hot Water Vessel
The kettles for tea has been used for a variety of purposes and many people, while not using them on a daily basis, probably still have one in storage. Many are coated with heat-proof enamel and used as a decoration on the top of the stove, mainly to fit into their kitchen décor. Others, however, may use them for the occasional need for hot water in a hurry.
Prior to large hot water tanks being available in homes, the kettles for tea was often used to heat water to pour into baths and some actually use the heated water to help remove snow and ice from sidewalks and steps. Never mind that once cooled the water turns into ice, the immediate removal of ice was considered more important.
In many homes, the kettles for tea has been replaced by tea making machines that turn off automatically when the water reaches a prescribed temperature. The only negative thing about the metal kettles for tea is that people often forget to remove them from the heat, the water boiled away and the kettle or burner on which it sat was damaged beyond repair.