- by vinux
Caring for a teapot is indeed an old topic that never gets old, but it is still often asked by newcomers. Let me answer this question uniformly here.
Tap the blackboard: Wrong way to keep a pot.
Some teapot friends use the leftover tea liquid from drinking tea to pour onto the pot. Then they use this tea liquid with a soft brush-like brush to spread evenly on the body of the pot. After it is dry, they wipe it with a wooden cloth, making the pot shine.
Some tea drinkers do not clean their teapots after drinking tea and continue to steep tea next time. This practice is not only unhygienic but also leads to a large number of bacteria growth in the pot, which is harmful to human health.
It looks like the effect of keeping a teapot is fast, but often what comes out is “monk’s light”. Often dripping tea liquid into the pot, if the material particles are coarse, it will cause flower patterns on the surface of the pot.
Some other kettlers apply tea liquid to the outside of the kettle while making tea. After pouring out the tea liquid, they wipe the surface with a dry towel. This approach helps to bring out the shine faster, but it is easily destroyed if contaminated by human hands or moisture.
Some tea friends also pour the tea juice onto their teapots when they are making tea, thinking that this way the teapot can absorb more nutrients without needing to be wiped or scrubbed. Over time, the teapot is covered by a layer of tea scale, making its surface become oily and black, which is not aesthetically pleasing.
Correct way to maintain a teapot: Internal maintenance + external maintenance = potting
To keep a teapot, one should firstly choose the best quality purple clay pot, because lower quality ones are difficult to maintain; secondly, it is better to use good tea for keeping the pot. Good tea makes the effect of keeping more efficient, while it takes longer if general tea is used.
Taking care of a purple-clay teapot from the outside means to frequently steep tea and wipe it regularly with tea soup to nourish the pot.
Pour hot tea soup into the teapot while it is hot, allowing the surface of the teapot to absorb it. At this time, the temperature of the teapot is higher and the fine pores on the pot wall will slightly expand. In order to prevent tea stain accumulation, gently wipe the teapot with cotton cloth to allow the tea oil to be adsorbed onto the pot wall along with heat. Over time, the pot wall will gradually become glossy.
Maintaining a purple clay teapot is the key to brewing one pot of tea without any residue.
Because of the special porous structure of the purple clay teapot, it is good at absorbing tea soup. A pot is dedicated to a tea. Only by brewing the tea soup can the original taste be kept and not mixed with each other, maintaining a unique personality. In this way, the quality of the brewed pot will be more elegant.
It is necessary to clean the tea residue in a timely manner. Firstly, the tea residue left in the pot will easily cause an unpleasant sour smell, which is harmful to the pot. Secondly, because purple-clay pot absorbs the aroma and quality of hot fragrant tea, leaving some residual taste would not be beneficial for the pot.
Every detail in taking care of a teapot should be done with care, such as gently wiping it clean, massaging it with clean hands, and drying it and letting it sit in peace. Enjoying these steps can help one understand the true meaning of caring for a teapot.
There is no special technique for pot raising, it’s a natural process, don’t overthink it!