Caring For Your Chinese Teapot
With this in mind, I've decided to put together a simple guide "Caring For Your Chinese Teapot"
Your Chinese Teapot is prized for its functional and aesthetic design which includes the composition of the special clay which over time will absorb and enhance your tea's flavour.
Before you use it for the first time you need to "cure" or "season" your Teapot.
- Rinse it with hot water to remove any dust or other residues.
- Prepare 4-5 infusions of tea, each time leaving the tea to brew for at least 30 minutes.
- Do not drink the tea.
- Throw out the tea and used tea leaves.
You will find after a few weeks of frequent use that your pot will begin to form a shiny "patina" coating on the outside. This is highly prized and can be encouraged by pouring tea over the outside of your pot and after each tea session, polishing your pot with a non-abrasive microfibre cloth. If you continue this practice your pot will become evermore increasingly beautiful (and valuable) with time. You can see an example of this in a previous blog post here (click)
Here are some important rules to follow:
- Never use soap to clean your teapot.
- Never use a scourer, brush or other abrasive type cleaning fabric.
- Never put your pot in the microwave or on a stove.
Have a favourite teapot you would like to show us? Feel free to email me your photo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a unique high quality teapot? Drop in to our online tea shop and have a browse: kungfucha.net
PS Both photos above are pots currently available at our shop. Like all of our pots, they are very limited in edition.