One question asked by people who enjoy tea is which type of teapot is best. Teapots should steep tea quickly and rinse easily afterward. If you don't have a teapot with a removable infuser, you will need a strainer to remove the tea leaves. Here are two things to consider when buying a teapot.
Teapots are available in a variety of sizes. Three typical sizes are:
● Just a cuppa (up to 14 ounces)
A small teapot is perfect for one. It's the ideal choice for a morning tea ritual with a matching cup. Consider asking for a one-cup teapot for your birthday--they make great gifts.
● Be my guest (about 20 ounces)
Everyone should have a medium sized teapot for when you have friends over for tea. You can even get away with a medium sized teapot for everyday use.
● The All Day Pot (over 20 ounces)
A large teapot is best for company because you can serve everyone at the same time. It is also a terrific option for tea drinkers who want to sip throughout the day without resteeping. Just keep it at the right temperature with a teapot warmer.
Teapots can be made of many different materials, including:
Glass: The beauty of a glass teapot is being able to watch your tea steep--it is a spectacular site. However, these teapots are fragile and can break easily. You may also need a teapot warmer to get your pot to the correct temperature.
Cast iron: The main benefit of a cast iron teapot is that it distributes heat evenly. They also keep your tea warm for a long time. Cast iron teapots tend to cost a bit more than other options because many are handmade.
Ceramic: These teapots come in a wide range of styles and colors, making them both pretty and functional. You can find ceramic teapots for just about any budget as well. They are a good option for beginning tea drinkers.
Porcelain: Blue and white China teapots have been around since the 13th century. Today you can find underglazed and glazed porcelain teapots from under $20 to several hundreds of dollars.
To keep your teapot in good condition regardless of the material, keep it out of the dishwasher even if the manufacturer says it is safe. In addition, unglazed teapots require special care. Don't use soap because it can affect the taste of the tea the next time you brew. Simply rinse out the tea leaves with hot water and dry with a soft cloth.