You may not think of the tea kettle as one pan, but remember all those Ramen Noodles and Cup O Noodles dinners you had back in the day? That made it one pan for me for sure and there was zero clean up! The kettle is the 2nd hardest working item in our kitchen, just behind the slow cooker. My husband Charlie is a tea fanatic. He probably brews up 3 or 4 servings of green tea every day and that alone keeps the Kelley kettle hopping and always hot! And for you tea fans out there, I’m going to share his source for loose tea in the near future because he’s found a company with good teas at great bulk prices.
On to the kettle though for now! Our previous one had to be retired–worn slap out as my momma says. So, we went shopping and found this lovely little blue beauty. First off, the color is great. It goes with my David Howard pottery spoon/utensil crock & gives my neutral kitchen some pizzazz. The kettle we had for at least 10 years was stainless and while I loved that look, I thought adding a little color to the kitchen would be a nice accent. Since the kettle lives on the stove, it’s the perfect kitchen item to think of in terms of functional decoration. The blue on this has a speckled character & I just love that it, along with a few other items, gives my kitchen some color without the major overhaul of paint.
But the most important reason why I wanted to share this with you is that it’s all one piece–the bottom of the kettle is not a separate piece that is welded on. Our beloved stainless kettle had that seam and that’s exactly where it started to break down. A molded, all-one-piece type kettle removes that potential pitfall altogether. This little lady is lightweight, the whistle is not so piercing loud and you can flip the whistler up for pouring and leave it up when you want to leave the kettle on a low temperature, keeping the water warm for that next cup without the whistler whistling. Very functional and hard workin’! You just don’t think about these things until you use one several times a day and you can see the achilles heel in the inferior ones. We found this Paula Deen kettle at Big Lots, but they have the blue color as well at potsandpans.com & Montgomery Ward’s website and in other colors at Amazon. So if your tea kettle is toast, try this one or just remember these tips when you’re looking for your next one 🙂
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