|A kettle is a small closed vessel with a spout, lid (as a rule, some exceptions also exist) and a handle for warming and boiling water. Usually, teapots are made of metal.
Types of kettles:
A kettle for hotplates is usually of a metal capacity with a handle, which is kept on a kitchen hotplate, usually electric or gas, rarely on wood or coal and even more rarely in an oven for water heating. An ordinary kettle is a part of kitchenware. Depending upon the cultural and geographic features, the word kettle in a kitchen can have set of different shades. In Russia, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the kettle is a device, which is used for the quick heating of water for hot beverages such as tea or coffee. Often, akettle spouts are equipped with whistles, which work on steam and warn about the boiling of water through a characteristic whistling.
A field kettle (campfire) - unlike kettles for hotplates, it is meant for the suspension over a campfire and is usually used in field conditions.
An electric kettle is used as an internal source of thermal energy for heating (usually with a heating element with spiral) and which can be connected to the power supply. Such kettles are equipped with an auto-cut facility upon boiling of water. There are also kettles which maintain a required temperature of water (usually 90oC) after boiling so as to avoid re-heating and according to the opinion of many, such kettles spoil the taste of water and such kettles are capable of maintaining water in hot conditions for a longer duration and the water is ready for use. More often, such kettles are made of plastic, rarely from metal and very rarely from glass or ceramics.
A teapot is a vessel for keeping tea leaves (including in tea bags) with hot or boiling water for tea preparation. It can be made of ceramics, faience, porcelain, metal and glass.
The kettle in culture:
The kettle museum functions in a village of Veskovo (not far away from Pereslavl-Zalessky).
The famous British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell suggested a “flying kettle” in one of his creations as satirical allegory. Since then, Russell's Kettle is often used as a comic counterargument, when discussion crops up about the proof of the inconsistency of some idea – the task for its opponents while supporters of the idea ostensibly are not obliged to prove its correctness.
European manufacturers, competing with each other in imagination, manufactured kettles of various forms and types. Rectangular and square shaped kettles and also in the form of small houses and animals, with dragon heads instead of spouts …
Kettles originated in China. It is somewhat difficult to believe that tea, in our country, first appeared only in the 17th century and in Europe, the kettles history begun approximately at the same time. But, originally tea was very expensive - more expensive than coffee, for which the slaves were used and with which the Europeans got acquainted much earlier than with tea. Tea was procured from China and very high duties were imposed. In Russia, tea became a real popular beverage only after the construction of the Chinese-Eastern Railway.
As has tea, the first kettles too have originated from China. The Japanese tea ceremony is well-known all around the world, but actually in China, the homeland of tea the action was no less absolute and whimsical.
Isin clay kettles:
Today, violet (lilac) color Chinese ceramic kettles can be found in gift shops. Ancient tea vessels looked, as per shape, similar to our modern day kettles. Ancient kettles were manufactured from special lilac or red Spanish clay (from the name of the place Isin). However, porcelain, which was later on invented by the Chinese, also possessed good characteristics.
The “Marine” kettle was made with a special annulet at the base. While rocking, this kettle stably “stood on its legs”, since it was kept in the hotplate’s opening and the annulet retained the vessel not allowing it to fall.|