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1. Start by boiling water in a separate vessel before pouring it into your new purple sand teapot.
2. Before making tea, wash the teapot with warm water to remove any residue or impurities.
3. Place the desired amount of dry tea leaves into the pot and pour in the hot water slowly so that it can be absorbed by the tea leaves.
4. Allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on desired strength.
5. Remove the lid and use the spout of the teapot to serve your brewed tea in cups or small bowls.
Purple sand teapots are precious and need to be well maintained. Generally, new purple sand pots need to be opened and then kept after opening. Only in this way can the purple sand tea set be used for longer and the tea is more fragrant. So, how to use a new purple sand pot correctly? Let’s take a look together.
How to use a new purple sand pot correctly?
The preferred method of boiling water in a purple clay teapot is to first pour out the initial hot water.
The water boiling method is applied to purple sand teapots with a strong earthy flavor. The steps of water boiling method are relatively complicated. However, the effect is very good and generally good purple sand teapots will open the pot using this method.
1. Warm up: Boil Water in a Pot
First, thoroughly clean the stains of the teapot (including residual gold sand and powder), rinse it with boiling water inside and outside, then wipe it with a clean towel dipped in clean water, and wait for the pot to air dry naturally. Then put the teapot into a pot without any oil stains, add 3 times the height of water (the amount of clear water should be enough to flood 1 inch of the pot), boil for two hours, so that the clay taste and fire of the teapot will be removed.
2. Turn down the heat: tofu pot
After taking out the pot, wait for the body and tea accessories to cool naturally to room temperature. Put the tofu into the teapot (it is recommended to use old tofu because of its strong adsorption), press it slightly when filling to avoid tofu running out of the pot body when boiling water. After filling, put in cold water and heat it until boiling. Boil for about 1 hour until the kitchen is full of bean curd aroma, then wait for about 5-10 minutes.
Because of the fire-extinguishing effects of the gypsum contained in tofu, the purpose of this step is to remove the “fire” from the purple sand pot (some people believe that because of the firing process, the pot has a lot of “fire”, before normal use, it should be used to subdue and cleanse the fire from the purple sand pot), and it can also decompose residual substances in the teapot.
3. Moisturizing: Boiling sugar cane in a pot
Take out the purple clay pot after boiling the tofu, rinse it with clean water and let it cool down to room temperature naturally. Cut open the sugar cane and put it in the pot (without sugar cane, can put some sugar), and then boil for 1 hour until the air is filled with the scent of sugar cane for 5-10 minutes. The natural sugar of sugar cane can bring unprecedented nourishment to the teapot.
4. Rebirth: Tea tasting
Confirm the tea leaves you will use with this teapot for future brewing, as one pot should only be used for one kind of tea (reasons will be annotated below). Put the selected tea leaves and the teapot into a pot filled with cold water, then boil them again. After about 10 minutes when the scent of the tea is diffused in air, take out the teapot and rub it on the body and lid lightly using strength of the tea leaves in the pot for few minutes. Finally wash it clean with warm water.
The purpose of this step is to “season” the pot and determine the type of tea that will be brewed in it from now on. In this way, the teapot is no longer an “inanimate” dead thing. After being reborn, it absorbs the essence of the tea leaves, and the first brew can already make people have a lingering fragrance in their mouths.
The pouring method of opening a purple sand pot.
1. Cleaning stains: Clean both inside and outside of the kettle and its accessories, then rinse with hot water for deodorizing, disinfecting, and warming the kettle.
Start making tea: When you rub the teapot with hot water, the fine pores on the teapot will slightly expand and steam will appear on the surface of the teapot. At this time, use a clean thin cotton towel to wipe the whole pot several times during the soaking time of several infusions, or use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste to thoroughly brush the inside and outside of the pot. After brushing several times with hot water to remove foam, you can remove mud flavor and wax. This method can make the pot body brighter and brighter by using the temperature of hot water.
3. Rinse repeatedly: Discard the first few rinses as they are not suitable for drinking. After discarding a few rinses, most of the fire in the purple clay pot has been eliminated (although it cannot be eliminated as thoroughly as the first method). Next is regular maintenance!
The advantage of the dripping method is that it is simple and convenient, which can be operated on the tea table without “moving Ding moving stove”. The disadvantage is that the effect is not as thorough as the boiling method. If you don’t have enough patience, time and control, don’t use the first method rashly, but choose drip brewing instead.
When it comes to a valuable purple-clay teapot, one should be extra careful when opening it. It is suggested to choose the water-boiling method.
Maintenance of purple sand pot should pay attention to the following:
1. Avoid direct sunlight and keep it in a cool and ventilated place.
2. Rinse with water before putting tea in it and wipe it regularly with soft cloth.
3. When there is scale, use vinegar to remove it gently.
4. Do not use harsh detergents or scouring pads for cleaning, as this may damage the surface of the teapot.
Before and after each use, thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the pot.
Clean the pot with tea liquor, the tea oil and pigments in it will have a slow and lasting effect on the pot.
After using the pot, it should be washed and completely dried to maintain the “normal breathing” of the pot.
Beware of coming into contact with oil stains and keep the structure of the purple sand pot permeable.
Method for Brewing Tea with a Purple Clay Teapot:
1. Rinse the teapot and cups with boiling water.
2. Put tea leaves into the teapot.
3. Pour boiling water into the teapot and wait for 30 seconds before pouring tea into cups.
4. When serving, pour the tea slowly and evenly to ensure each cup is filled with an equal amount of tea.
Warm pot and cup: Boil the outside and inside of the teapot and the tea cup with boiling water, which can not only clean the pot from mildew, but also warm up the pot to refresh its flavor.
Brewing tea: Observe the shape of the dry tea, smell its fragrance, and select the desired tea. Then measure out one-fifth to one-half of the capacity of the teapot with a scoop and put it into the teapot.
Pour hot water into the kettle and immediately pour out the water. If there is foam on the surface of the tea soup, pour hot water nearly full, then use the lid to gently scrape off the foam on the surface of the tea soup. The purpose of this process is to wash the tea and make it absorb enough moisture to expand its shape, which is conducive to bringing out its aroma and taste when making the first cup of tea.
For the first infusion: it is advisable to use green tea with water temperature at 80 degrees Celsius; for red tea, oolong tea, Pu’er tea and Tuo Tea, keep the water temperature at 90-100 degrees Celsius. After soaking for about 60 seconds, pour the tea soup from the pot into a milk cup (which is called a fair cup in Chinese tea ceremony), which is called washing the tea; then pour the tea from the milk cup into both the aroma cup and mouth cup respectively, and then it can be drunk. Afterwards, each infusion should be soaked for an appropriate period of time. It is suitable to brew 6 to 12 infusions of tea. After brewing the tea, be sure to remove the tea leaves from the pot and then rinse them with boiling water.
Finally, take off the lid of the teapot, turn the bottom of the teapot towards the sky and let it naturally air dry with its mouth facing down. To prevent wear and tear on the mouth of the teapot, lay down a layer of absorbent cotton cloth on the ground. Do not use detergents such as washing powder to clean a purple clay pot because purple clay absorbs odors from detergents and ruins tea fragrance.