|Old tea kettle, something like what Letty describes. All water was heated on the stove before people had running hot water from a tap, so the kettles were enormous.|
|A new, whistling kettle. For safety, most stove-top kettles now have whistles, and electric kettles have automatic shut-offs, to avoid having them boil dry.|
|An antique coffee pot. You can still buy pots much like this for camping.|
24th of May holiday, 2009
Now that I live in America, where tea drinkers are an endangered species, I have encountered two ladies who did not know the difference between a kettle and a teapot. For the record, the kettle is used to heat the water, and can either be electric, or the kind you put on top of the stove. When the water boils, you pour it into the teapot, which contains a teabag or loose tea, depending on preference. The tea steeps in the teapot, and then you pour it from there into cups.
The secret to good tea is to heat the water to a full, rolling boil, and then pour it over the tea.