The Origins, History and Benefits of Using Cast Iron Teapots
Cast Iron Teapots have been used since around the seventeenth century and are widely used today in many places around the world to brew a wonderful cup of tea. Japanese teapots are becoming increasingly popular because of their benefits. Cast iron teapots are primarily used for brewing hot tea and have an enamel-glazed coating inside to preserve the longevity of the teapot and prevent rusting. Cast iron teapots are known for their beauty and durability.
Over the years there has been some controversy concerning when cast iron teapots first originated. It is suggested that the teapots came about during the era of Sencha. Sencha (a green leaf tea) was introduced to Japan from China between the 17th and 18th century as ceremonial drink.
With time Sencha gradually became part of the Japanese culture, where people shared a cup of tea with families and friends. At this time, the Japanese were using Chinese utensils to make and serve tea; they were not only rare but also very expensive. To solve this problem Japanese came up with a new teapot to replace the expensive Chinese teapots and kettles. This is where the Cast Iron Teapots- Tetsubin came to be.
Throughout eighteenth century the cast iron teapot quickly became an ordinary kitchen utensil in most households. The teapots were used for boiling water, preparing tea and even making the house warm during the cold season. Gradually the utensil underwent some transformational changes, with new designs being introduced to accommodate all family statuses. Owning expensive Tetsubin teapots became a reflection of your status in Japanese society. The more elaborately designed and quantity of teapots a family owned the more prestigious their stature became in society.
The designs of cast iron teapots are unique; each has a different symbolic meaning such as strength, courage, happiness, prosperity, good fortune, good health, positive energy and friendship.
Today this utensil is widely used by tea drinkers all over the world. Most teapots now offer the convenience of a stainless steal mesh tea infuser, which holds the loose-leaf tea in place during the tea brewing infusion process. The tea infuser also facilitates easy cleaning after each teapot use. A cast iron teapot is an excellent utensil for brewing a delightful cup of tea and makes a wonderful gift that can last a lifetime.
Brewing loose-leaf tea in a cast iron teapot offers many benefits. Some of these benefits include durability, elegant designs, even heat distribution and retention properties, available in different sizes, colors, shapes and weights. Cast iron teapots may also provide the additional health benefit of increasing iron absorption. Some physicians advise anemic patients to use cast iron cookware made of iron.
Another benefit is that with continued use, the teapot will become seasoned with your favorite tea flavors and will quickly become a family cherished item. Many people have converted from being just tea drinkers to tea enthusiasts after enjoying tea in cast iron teapots
Many accessories are now available for cast iron teapots such as tea warmers (to keep your tea warm), trivets (to protect your table from heat), cast iron teacups and saucers, and tea measuring spoon.
At Gifts Ready To Go we offer a wide selection of quality and elegantly designed cast iron teapots, tea gifts and accessories offered in a range of different colors, sizes and shapes. Our most popular cast iron teapots include the classical Tetsubin, Dragonfly, Dragon and Phoenix, Japanese Koi, Bamboo and Globe designs. All our cast iron teapots are beautifully packaged in a gift box with our signature ribbon and make a perfect gift for any occasion. Visit our store for more unique gift ideas.