Teapots can be made from glass, stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic, porcelain, or clay. Each of these materials has its own set of pros and cons and the choice of the proper utensil is often determined by individual requirements or preferences.
Glass teapots are gaining popularity because of their elegance and visual experience while brewing and serving your drink. Glass teapots and kettles are particularly visually pleasing when brewing flowering and blooming teas. Glass transparency allows you to watch your tea change color and choose your preferred strength.
Some glass teapots are stovetop safe and others are not. Glass teapots that are stovetop safe are made of a durable, borosilicate glass material that is more resistant to high heat and temperature changes than tempered soda-lime glass. You need to read the description to make sure that your teapot is stovetop safe. If not, you need to boil water in a metal pot and then pour the boiling water into the glass teapot.
Benefits of Using a Glass Teapot
Glass teapots offer several advantages over pots made from other materials:
- Safety: Glass is an inert and safe material, so you can brew your tea without heavy metals and toxic chemicals leaching into your drink. Glass doesn’t affect the taste of the tea or change its color.
- Stylish design: Glass teapots have simple, aesthetically pleasing appearances. It sits attractively on the tray when you are serving the tea to your guests. Glass kettles will remain clear and beautiful even after years of usage.
- Visual experience: Unlike its metal counterparts, glass teapots allow you to watch the brewing process, so you can know when your tea is ready without lifting the lid. You can see beautiful colors gradually changing in front of your eyes, and choose the strength of your tea. You can see easily how much tea is left in the teapot. Glass is the material of choice when you’re brewing brightly colored blooming teas.
- Microwave safe: Glas teapots can be placed directly in the microwave either to boil water or the reheat your tea. Stainless steel infusers and other metal parts must be removed before placing the pot into the microwave.
- Ease of cleaning: The smooth surface of the glass makes the cleaning process effortless. In addition, most glass kettles and teapots are top rack dishwasher safe. Glass teapots also won’t rust if you leave water in them.
The glass is a fragile material, so your teapot can crack if not handled properly.
The glass is not a good heat conductor, so your tea may take more time to brew than in a metal pot. Glass does not retain the heat well, so your tea will cool down quickly.
Glass teaware doesn’t work with induction type stoves.
Cleaning and Care
Most glass teapots are top rack dishwasher safe. Be careful when washing them in the sink and avoid immersing hot glass pots in cold water. Use vinegar to clean stains.
You should use a medium level heat source when boiling water in a glass teapot. Never put an empty teapot on the hot stovetop, as it will crack. Once the water has boiled, remove the teapot from the heat source immediately.
Before using the pot in the microwave, make sure to remove all metal parts. Pour the water into the pot and microwave until boiling. Put the infuser back into the pot filled with loose tea leaves. Use an oven glove or potholder when handling a hot teapot to protect yourself from scalding.
Tips for Purchasing
Make sure that the teapot can hold enough liquid to serve your needs. A large water capacity is a plus when you have to serve large groups.
Select a teapot made of borosilicate glass, so you can boil the water directly on the stove. Stovetop safe glass teapots are more convenient as they eliminate the need to boil water separately and then pour it into the teapot.
To keep the leaves out of your drink, invest in a teapot with a removable infuser or a built-in strainer. The removable infuser can be easily pulled up once your tea is the desired strength. It also enables you to easily throw tea leaves into the waste container. Make sure that you can use the lid without the infuser.
Look for an ergonomic handle that does not feel hot when you handle the pot, allowing for easy pouring. The lid handle should be heat insulated to protect your fingers from scalding.
A good spout design ensures that there are no drips when pouring your tea and eliminates any messy clean-up.
If you want to be alerted when the water is ready, a model with a kettle whistle is the right choice. However, if you have small children, you might won’t like the whistling noise in your home.