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1. Wash the purple sand pot with clean water, particularly paying attention to cleaning the lid;
2. Place the pot in an open space, place the lid upside down slightly away from the pot;
3. Take an appropriate amount of dry tea leaves and put them into the pot;
4. Put some warm boiled water into the pot, just fill it up to 80%-90%;
5. After boiling for about three minutes, dump out all of the water from the pot;
6. Place the lid on top of the pot and press down evenly;
7. Ready to enjoy your freshly brewed tea!
A new purple sand pot needs to be opened before it can be used. Opening the pot not only cleans it but also brings out the special characteristics of the purple sand pot, allowing for a better tea experience. Opening a purple sand pot is not difficult, but there are certain requirements. Let us take a look at the detailed steps for opening a new purple sand pot.
New Zisha Teapot Opening Steps:
1. Soak the teapot in warm water for several minutes to soften any residue or sediment and make it easier to open.
2. Place a lid opener tool over the top of the lid and twist it slowly in one motion until the lid is unscrewed.
3. Remove the lid and rinse out the inside of the teapot with warm water, then leave to air dry before use.
Before this step, please carefully wipe the pot body of the purple sand pot with warm water and a soft cloth. After cooling, put it into clear water and slowly boil it. Let it boil in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
Go put out the fire.
Take the purple sand pot out of the boiling water and put it aside to cool naturally. When it is not hot anymore, fill it with tofu, preferably old tofu.
When filling the pot, press lightly to prevent the tofu from spilling out of the pot when it boils. Put the purple clay pot with tofu into cold water and slowly bring it to a boil. After boiling, continue heating for 5-10 minutes until the kitchen is filled with the fragrance of tofu.
The purpose of this step: Because of the firing process, some people believe that the “fire” within a purple clay teapot is too strong, and before normal use, it should be cooled down to reduce the fire.
Take out the purple clay teapot boiled with tofu, and wash it with hot water. Let it cool naturally until there is no heat.
If you have access to fresh sugarcane, use it for this recipe; if not, substitute with already juiced/canned sugarcane. Chop the sugarcane into smaller pieces and place in a pot of cold water. Boil with a purple-clay pot.
Heat up as the previous step: After boiling, wait until the whole kitchen is full of sweet smell of sugar cane, and then let it boil for 5-10 minutes.
Take out the purple clay teapot boiled with sugar cane, and it will be naturally cooled down until it has no heat.
Bring your best tea leaves and if the pot is used to brew Pu’er in the future, please use Pu’er. If it is used to brew green tea or Tieguanyin in the future, please use Tieguanyin to re-add cold water into the pot with the purple sand teapot and tea leaves together, let them boil and fill up the kitchen with fragrance for 10 minutes or longer.
The purpose of this step is to define the flavor. Therefore, it is recommended to use your best tea and decide what type of tea should be used for defining the flavor, and then use it to brew what kind of tea in the future.
Take out the purple sand pot, take out the tea leaves in the pot, use these tea leaves to rub the body and lid of the pot for several minutes with a little bit of strength. Finally wash the pot with warm water.
Precautions for Using a Purple Clay Teapot to Make Tea:
1. Use clean water to fill the teapot, avoiding impurities and other substances which may affect the taste of tea.
2. When making green or white tea, use lower temperature water (about 70 °C) as boiling water will damage the leaves and affect the taste of the tea.
3. When making black tea, use higher temperature water (about 95 °C) as it helps better extract flavors in the tea leaves and makes the aroma stronger.
4. Once you are done making your tea, clean up your teapot with a soft sponge or cloth to avoid damaging its surface.
When making tea, the amount of tea should be appropriate. It should be determined according to the type of tea and the capacity of the pot. Generally speaking, when the volume of the teapot is small, less tea should be put in for tea leaves with high expansibility. Otherwise, it will affect the water outlet.
It is suggested that you fill up the water as much as possible when filling. Some friends may control the water level to be eight full due to various reasons such as using a big teapot or on a dry brewing table, which is not good. Over time, it will cause different degrees of color difference between the inner and outer walls, so it is recommended to fill it up if possible every time when filling.
3. Washing with heat: After filling with water, there is a phenomenon that some tea leaves will stick to the pot body along with the tea soup. At this time, using hot water to flush the pot body can not only wash away the tea powder and clean some pot bodies, but also can add temperature to a certain extent, making it easier to brew tea flavor.
Nowadays, it has become commonplace to wash tea before drinking tea, which means that the first infusion of tea is not drunk. After pouring it into a fair cup, the teapot body is poured with a sprinkler. Now it is basically done like this. Because the temperature of the teapot body is higher, the tea soup sprayed on it will soon be evaporated, but the oil and fat substances secreted by the tea leaves will leave marks on the teapot body, that is, tea stains. Therefore, after using the tea, you must use hot water to rinse off the tea stains and then wipe them with a teacloth. On one hand, it is to keep clean; on the other hand, it dilutes and wipes off the oily substances evenly from the teapot body by hot water which would be more conducive to forming patina.
5. Points in pouring tea: when the tea in the pot has been drunk for a long time, you will find tea leaves residue on the inner wall of the pot and on the lid, especially on the lid. Many pot friends will take the lid and shake it to drop off the residue. However, this will easily bump into the pot mouth rim, either breaking the lid or creating a lack. It is suggested that first put aside the lid, then pour boiling water into the pot and shake it gently. The residual tea leaves will be separated from its wall and pour out. Repeat several times and rinse off any residue on the lid. Remember not to shake it or else you may accidentally bump into it.
6, Clean the Bottom of the Kettle: Many kettle friends will neglect this point. Generally, it’s better for those with bottom feet like stone gourd and Ruiding. For those without bottom feet like Xishi pot, pay attention to cleaning the bottom of the kettle after each use. Otherwise, a ring of water stains and tea stains will be left on the bottom of the pot after a long time, which is not only unsightly but also not easy to remove.
The above content has now been introduced. It’s not difficult to open a purple clay teapot, but you need to operate it correctly. In addition, when using a purple clay teapot to make tea, you should pay attention to relevant issues so that not only can the purple clay teapot be well maintained, but also the brewed tea will be delicious.