What’s the difference between a teapot and a tea kettle?
“Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink” Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
We are told not to drink warm/hot tap water. The logic behind it makes sense. Since most of us have hot water heaters, either gas or electric, the process is straight-forward: Fresh cold water is let into the water heater and heated by a heating element of some sorts. This leads, eventually, to mineral deposits building up in the bottom of the tank. These deposits can make their way into the hot tap water. Regardless, it’s an easy solution. Heat fresh cold water in your tea kettle. It’s generally a bad idea to heat water in your microwave as the water can become super-heated.
Should you always boil only fresh water or is it okay to boil water again for your cuppa? Well, it all depends on the quality of your water. Certainly, try it for yourself. If you notice a taste difference, then by all means use fresh water and use the old water in the kettle to water your plants.. But if you don’t notice a difference, then go for it.
All those tiny bubbles that you see as the water starts to boil (and some not so tiny) might be releasing the oxygen content from your tea kettle water. I say ‘might be’ because there is disagreement within the scientific community.
Some scientists say the boiling water does not break down the water molecule, which is composed of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of water – H2O. Yet others say that boiling release water molecules due to vaporization (not the space gun kind).
Bottom line is this: It’s your palate, and it decides what it likes or doesn’t like. It knows best! People are always asking us as to which of our teas taste the best. The answer can only come from your palate.
While we’re on the subject of fresh water, just how fresh is water? The answer may shock you: Over 4.6 billion years old. Older than the sun, for that fact. More about that later.
Factoid: What’s the difference between a tea kettle and a teapot? Well, you heat/boil water in the tea kettle and steep tea in your teapot.
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Till next time — cheers!