- by vinux
Do you brew your tea with Purple Sand? So how do you clean it? Is there a right way to deal with new, old and old teapots? Today, let’s learn the difference between cleaning new and old Purple Sand.
When it comes to tea making, many people will think of purple sand teapots. It can make the aroma of tea more intense and lasting. A good purple sand teapot needs us to take care of it, especially when cleaning, improper cleaning will damage the pot body. Also, when cleaning the purple sand teapot, it should be divided into new pots and old pots and cleaned in different ways.
Generally speaking, the cleaning of purple sand pot is divided into new pot cleaning and old pot cleaning. If it is a new pot made of pure purple sand, it can be boiled with boiling water several times before starting to use, without using other methods to open the pot. However, sometimes there may be waxing and oiling on the body of the pot, which requires careful cleaning before use, otherwise it may affect the use.
Take a clean and odorless pot, separate the lid from the body and place it on the bottom of the pot. Pour in water higher than the body of the pot and slowly heat it to boiling over a gentle fire. Attention should be paid to this step, that the body and water should be heated at the same time, rather than as some professionals say, suddenly put the body into boiling water for a “sudden temperature change”.
After the water boils, take a tea leaf (usually heavy-roasted fire tea is used) and put it into the boiling, pick up the tea residue after a few minutes, and the teapot and tea soup continue to simmer in low heat. After twenty or thirty minutes, pick up the teapot carefully with chopsticks and let it cool (rushing cold water). Finally, rinse the inside and outside of the pot with clear water to remove all residue, then it can be officially used.
The main function of this boiled water method is to not only remove the wax from the teapot, but also to release the earthy taste and impurities contained in the pores of the pot body by thermal expansion and contraction. If done properly, it will help maintain tea-brewing quality for later uses.
If you have a second-hand teapot, an old teapot, a used teapot or an unearthed pot, you should be careful when handling it because nobody knows who its previous owner was. Not only unearthed pots but also old and used pots should be thoroughly cleaned, because many people drink tea directly from the mouth of the pot instead of using cups; some families use the teapot to store soy sauce, sesame oil and the like, and even some fake pots are used for brushing purple clay pots with ink, shoe polish and hydrochloric acid to make them look old.
Therefore, no matter where it comes from, old teapots need to be cleaned thoroughly and then change the appearance in order to brew tea from the start. Because “a good teapot should not serve two kinds of tea,” if a pot that is often used for Pu’er suddenly changes to brew Oolong, the tea soup will certainly not be pure, and it may mix the flavors of both teas.
The cleaning of old purple sand teapots usually does not use boiling water, because the old teapot may have hidden cracks and patching dark injuries, which is not suitable for this “strong medicine”. The usual practice is to take a clean pot, put the warm old teapot into it, pour in hot water to cover the body of the teapot, then mix 10ML of bleach water, after waiting for one hour (if you still feel uneasy, you can prolong the time), then use a brush to repeatedly brush wash inside and outside of this teapot. At this point, Lu Shan’s true face can be restored.
Special attention should be paid to the fact that bleach has a mild corrosive effect on the human body and its penetration is strong, so it should be washed thoroughly before it can be used for making tea.
After all this work, the new and old teapots alike show their original and simple countenance, representing that they will present a beautiful and warm face after being nurtured with special care by their owner. That is also the charm of purple clay teapot.