Choosing the right kettle for a gas stove
The kettle for the gas stove is traditionally made of metal that does not interact with hot water, has good thermal conductivity and resistance to corrosion. Recently, you can find glass and ceramic products made of refractory glass. Undoubtedly, such kettles can, if desired, be broken, unlike metal ones, but the appearance of such dishes is completely different from ordinary ones.
What makes modern teapots for the gas stove? We list the main materials.
- Stainless steel- ensures the environmental cleanliness of the liquid, since it does not interact with water molecules when heated. The alloy provides uniform and rapid heating of water, does not give it a metallic taste. This is an ideal choice for people with a conservative view, since such a kettle will serve reliably for many years.
- Enamel kettle- a rather capricious product, which can lose a part of enamel during sudden temperature changes and physical impact. The fire leaves black marks on the enamel, so it is better to first light the burner, and then put the kettle on. Inside it forms scaling and yellow bloom from poor-quality water, which is then difficult to clean without abrasive detergents. Despite the shortcomings, enameled teapots fit perfectly into the interior of any kitchen, hygienic and easy to use.
- Ceramics- A teapot made of natural clay, treated with heat-resistant glaze, is a good decorative item for a living room or kitchen, but somewhere high on a shelf with souvenirs. In everyday life, a ceramic kettle is not easy to use, since the dishes are very fragile and rather heavy. A poor-quality product can easily crack under the action of a gas burner, and real ceramics are quite expensive to use as daily dishes.
Heat-resistant glass- innovation in the production of kitchen utensils, perfectly fits into the interior of a modern kitchen.
Transparent walls allow you to freely observe the process of boiling water and do not give a single chance of the formation of scale and impurities.
- Aluminium alloy- dishes from this material are becoming a thing of the past, but there are still instances whose use in the kitchen causes great discussions. It is proved that aluminum in its pure form is harmful to the human body, as it forms toxic compounds when interacting with water and food. But in its pure form, aluminum does not occur in nature, since it is instantly oxidized in air, forming an oxide film. However, aluminum dishes and kettles, including, it is undesirable to use for cooking.
- Cast iron- along with stainless steel, is a long-term investment, but unlike the latter, it has a lot of weight. In addition, the thick cast-iron walls of the kettle have an average thermal conductivity, which is why the water is heated slowly. Often the handles on the kettle are made of plastic, which collapses faster than the dishes themselves. As a result, you can easily get burned if you grab onto the metal without gloves. But there is a plus: the cast-iron walls of the dishes keep the temperature well, and the boiling water inside the kettle will be hot for a long time.
Requirements for the design of the kettle
The design features of teapots have special requirements that should provide convenience and safe use in the kitchen. The kettle for the gas stove must be spacious, it is good to keep the temperature, have a spout and a lid with a steam outlet. Some models of kettles are completed with a filter element, a measuring window, a special valve (whistle), notifying that the water has boiled.
Special requirements are imposed on the size and mutual arrangement of structural elements. Most people get severe burns due to the inconvenient construction of the kettle. So, a pen located above the hole or near a short spout will require the use of a tack or kitchen mitten.
For the safe operation of metal kettles, you should choose products in which the lid and handle have special inserts from a material that does not conduct heat.The lid should fit tightly on the filler hole and do not slide off when the kettle is tilted at least 45 degrees. Ideally, you should choose valve covers that do not open, even if the product is turned 180 degrees.
Close to the bottom of the kettle spigot, undoubtedly, will allow the use of all boiling water, but will collect all the scum and impurities formed in the boiling process. Too high spout in a metal product will require great physical effort when pouring boiling water into cups. If the kettle has a large volume, you can easily scald without holding the weight of the product with boiling water in your hand.
The capacity should be sufficient to meet the needs of the family to which the product belongs. If the guests in the house are rare, then a family of 2-3 people will have enough dishes of 1.5-2.5 liters.If, on weekends, you do not “overflow” in your house, you should choose a larger kettle (3.4-4.5 liters).
For boiling water, soft filtered or spring water is best. This water does not contain heavy salts, without the taste of bleach, metal and groundwater. Does not form scale on the walls of the kettle, which allows you to save the product for a long time. Spring water, in addition to physical properties, has healing powers due to the special structure of molecules.
Naturally, for the reception of guests a good housewife will save the most beautiful dishes. A teapot in design and color should match the decor of the kitchen, living room, hall, be perfectly clean and deliver only positive emotions. Then tea drinking in your house will become a good tradition, gathering at the common table of relatives and close friends.