• by vinux

I returned from a business trip for a week, wanting to enjoy a nice afternoon tea. When I opened the kettle, I found that it was moldy. What’s going on?

I forgot to clean up after I finished making tea last time because of an urgent matter. The leaves were left in the pot with the tea water, and if it was left like that for a long period of time, especially in hot weather, mold would easily grow.

In ancient times, small households would not part with tea leaves and often drank overnight tea. Wen Zhenheng said in the “Changwu Zhishi”: “The teapot of sandy should be the best, for it not only does not rob the fragrance, but also has no ripe soup smell”. This ripe soup smell refers to the musty taste of tea soup. Purple sand pot can stew tea without becoming musty, indicating that its permeability is still good. The clay material, due to its own particularity and beating into shape, has obvious double-pore characteristics. However, it cannot bear such a long time of suffocation, so this will also lead to mildew.

The air is damp and this makes purple sand pots susceptible to mold. The storage environment for purple sand pots needs to be dry and well-ventilated in order to keep the interior of the pot dry. Storing them in a brocade box will also do the same, however it should be avoided if the pot is not completely dry since the enclosed space of a brocade box may accelerate the appearance of mold.

After brewing tea, immediately clean the purple sand pot, pour out the tea residue, wipe the pot surface with a teacloth until it is dry, turn the pot mouth upside down on the tea table and let it air dry naturally. After completely drying, it can be placed on a hexagonal shelf which allows good ventilation. Next time when you want to brew tea again, just rinse both inside and outside of the pot with hot water and heat up the body of the pot then it is ready.

If the teapot has become musty, clean it with clear water first. Then boil some hot water in the pot and shake it a few times. Shake it with cold water afterwards and repeat this process several times. This method works for purple-sand and segmented-clay teapots but not for red clay teapots.

Because of its high density, the Zhu Ni teapot cannot withstand sudden changes in temperature and has become moldy. To reset it, place it in a clean pot with enough water to cover the teapot and bring it to a gentle boil. You can add some tea leaves to get rid of the smell. After boiling, let it cool down naturally before cleaning the teapot.