Cast Iron Kettles

Written by Charles Peacock
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It seems like in the old days, everything was made out of cast iron. I've toured historic colonial homes where all the pots, pans and kettles were made of that durable, classic material. Cast iron kitchenware still holds a certain nostalgic cache, and many people are replacing their modern equipment with antique or reproduction cast iron models.

Using Cast Iron Kettles

If you're looking to buy a cast iron kettle, your choice basically falls between antique and reproduction models. Both look the same, both are probably just as durable and, surprisingly enough, both generally cost about the same. Reproduction kettles are usually easier to find, however, so unless you love hunting for antiques, they might be a better choice.

One thing to keep in mind when buying a cast iron kettle is whether or not it is suitable for drinking water. Many kettle manufacturers will warn you that their kettles are not suitable for boiling drinking water for coffee or tea. The reason for this is that a small amount of iron may be released into the water during boiling or cooking. Enamel-coated kettles are a good solution to this problem.

Interestingly enough, some people actually prefer drinking water out of a cast iron kettle or pot. They say it improves the taste of the water, and it can actually be quite healthy. So who should you believe? The reality is that it probably depends on how much iron is being released into the water. Kettles that are made specifically for the purpose of boiling drinking water should be okay, while those that warn against it should be used only for steaming or display purposes.


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