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Home > Effective Tips Maintaining Cast Iron Teapots

In some cases, besides having to take care not to dent or break Cast Iron Teapot, you will also need to take measures to counter the development of rust.

 

The residue protects you from the rust

 Whenever we use cast iron teapots to brew tea, a thin coat of residue is deposited on the surface of the metal. The principal component of this residue are tannin compounds of the various substances that are found in tea. Tannin, you will discover, is the major component of many anti-rust compounds because it converts iron oxide into iron tannate. This is a non-reactive and therefore harmless black-blue precipitate that adheres to the walls of cast iron teapots. The opinion of some people that the residue in these teapots should be removed should not be heeded in this regard. Tannin disables the rusted component of the teapot and the more you use cast iron teapots, the more tanning you deposit along its inner walls and the more anti-rust ingredients you have.

 

People in the past were certainly content to leave the residue where it was. They simply rinsed the tea vessel after use and allowed it to dry completely in the sun before keeping it.

 

Don't let water or tea stand in the pot for a long time

 After you are through with using cast iron teapots, clean and dry them up. Cleaning will be a simple matter of pouring out the remaining contents and showering it with water inside. Then you pour out the water and invert the Cast Iron Teapot to let the rest of the liquid drip out. After that, to accelerate the drying process, apply a warm air blower to it. Detergents and other dish-washing compounds will remove the residue that you don't want to disturb. Just as in the case of olive oil, the scents that are typically used for those cleaning agents will just as effectively be retained on the walls of your pot and may possibly destroy the taste of your future blends. All the more so because those perfumes can be very pronounced and may have been mixed with oil.

 

Treat external rust with olive oil and finely grained salt

 To clean up rusted portions of the outside of the pot, you should rub it lightly with a piece of cloth that has been treated with olive oil which was impregnated with fine-grained salt. Using coarse salt grains may scratch the surface and spoil the texture of cast iron teapots.

 

Porcelain glazed cast iron teapots are your most convenient option

 To omit altogether all rust-prevention routines for your Cast Iron Teapot, consider purchasing those vessels that have been glazed with porcelain. Porcelain will keep the metal from coming into contact with oxidizing agents. Even if some rust should form it is effectively kept out of the tea by the porcelain layer. Residue will still cling to the porcelain and you will see them as stains that eventually take on their own texture. These residues should be left alone, as already mentioned. Quite naturally, you shouldn't even think of applying olive oil and salt on porcelain-glazed cast iron teapots.