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How to Make Tea in a Kettle

Different methods to make tea in a kettle. Different teas require different temperatures, so make sure you select the right temperature.

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The first thing to keep in mind is not to brew tea or coffee directly in your electric kettles. If your kettle doesn’t have an infuser it’s probably not meant for anything other than boiling water. 

Doing this will leave permanent stains on your kettle and impart odd flavors on your subsequent boils. Some may say it’s okay if your kettle is made of glass and has a wide lid opening, but we advise against it.

The proper way to make tea is to put your tea leaves or tea bag in a container like a teapot and pour hot water over it. And, different teas require different temperatures, so make sure you select the right temperature. Check out our quick guide based on the instructions by the World Tea Directory.

A quick guide on the perfect water temperature and steeping time for brewing 5 different types of tea. From the top down is white tea, green tea, oolong tea, herbal teas, and black tea.
Our quick brewing guide for 5 different kinds of tea

1. How to Make Tea in a Kettle without an Infuser

If your kettle doesn’t have an infuser, you may be able to get a reusable or stainless steel infuser which often has a chain which hooks over the carafe edge. Or, you can use disposable tea bags.

  1. Boil the water first.
  2. Put loose leaf tea into your kettle, a tea bag, or a reusable infuser.
  3. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes or to taste or tea variety.
  4. Stir well, then discard loose leaf tea or tea bag before serving.

2. How to Make Tea in a Kettle with an Infuser

On the right, the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) has a tea infuser for direct brewing. On the left is a glass of black tea.

If you make a lot of tea or similar herbal beverages, it’s also convenient to buy a kettle with an inbuilt infuser. 

  1. Remove the infuser from the kettle.
  2. Boil water.
  3. Fill the infuser with loose leaf tea or bagged tea.
  4. Insert the infuser once the water reaches its boiling point.
  5. Close the kettle lid securely.
  6. Let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on your personal taste and the type of tea.
  7. Remove the infuser, and enjoy.

3. How to Make Tea with a Tea Strainer

  1. Boil water.
  2. Fill the tea strainer with loose leaf tea or bagged tea.
  3. Pour boiling water over the tea directly into a cup.
  4. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes or to taste or tea variety..
  5. Relax and enjoy.

4. How to Make Tea in a Teapot

The true tea connoisseur is likely to have a teapot. If you’re just starting out, here are some basic tips:

  1. Boil the water first.
  2. Put loose leaf tea into the teapot.
  3. Pour boiling water directly over the tea.
  4. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes or to taste or tea variety.
  5. Stir, then discard the loose leaf tea or tea bag before serving.
  6. Have a hand strainer ready or remove the insertable strainer with the brewed leaf.

Notes:

  1. If you use tea bags, don’t squeeze them cause they might break.
  2. For the best results, cover the pot for the entire steeping time.
  3. One tea bag or one tsp of loose tea leaf is good for a 6-ounce cup.
  4. If you only have a basic kettle, small bubbles floating to the top means the water is at  160°F to 170°F. If there are strings of bubbles rising from the bottom, the water is 180 to 190°F.

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Alan Nguyen is a writer and product reviewer at HealthyKitchen101. His major in English language teaching taught him to present concise information. In addition to his cooking hobby, he values the practical aspects of household appliances.

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