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1. Ensure that the pot is properly washed before use to remove any dust or dirt that may have accumulated.
2. Choose high-quality tea leaves and make sure they are properly prepared before being put in the teapot.
3. Boil water in a separate container and pour it into the teapot when it reaches the desired temperature.
4. Avoid over-boiling the water as this can affect the flavor of the tea.
5. Allow enough time for the tea leaves to steep (around 3 minutes) before pouring out into cups or other containers for serving.
Whether it is a new purple sand pot or an old one, we need to take good care of it when making tea, and not damage the purple sand pot. Especially for the newly bought purple sand pot, it cannot be used directly and needs to be opened before boiling tea. So, what should we pay attention to when making tea with a newly purchased purple sand pot? Let’s take a look.
When using a new purple clay teapot to make tea, what should one be aware of?
Before using the newly bought teapot, it is best to first put some tea leaves in it and boil them with boiling water several times. Then clean thoroughly inside and out. Any remaining sand particles should be completely removed. It is better to use the soaked tea leaves to wipe clean. This is because some vendors may “make up” the teapot when selling it, and using the method mentioned above can remove any odors caused by it.
In the process of soaking, don’t be too impatient and never use polishing cloth with fine diamond particles to rub, which may easily damage the surface and leave scratches, thus destroying the texture of purple sand. A better method is to wipe with coarse and hard cotton cloth and use a nylon brush when cleaning. Don’t apply too much force so as not to accidentally puncture the teapot. Soak the teapot carefully, pay attention to correct hand gestures when tasting tea, preferably press the lid edge with your index finger lightly; once “falling caps” can be “imagined”.
Usually when drinking tea, clean the teapot with a clean towel without leaving any tea residues. Otherwise, tea stains will be accumulated on the surface of the teapot over time. After wiping and polishing, there will be a bright gloss, which is not favored by connoisseurs. A well-maintained teapot should have a “gloomy” look, and its luster should be “tasteful”.
After drinking the tea, it is best not to leave the tea leaves in the teapot and pour it out to clean. Although purple sand pot does have the feature of not becoming stale overnight, overnight tea will have an old-tea taste. From a health perspective, purple sand pot is still not a “safety box” after all, and it is not good for the body to drink it after being left for 10 hours after brewing.
For a new terra-cotta teapot, the correct way to season it is: 1. Put some dry tea leaves into the pot and rinse them with boiling water; 2. Pour out the tea water and clean the pot; 3. Boil a bit of water in the pot and pour it out again; 4. Repeat steps 1-3 three or four times until you feel that the inside of the teapot is smooth.
A new clay teapot should first be thoroughly cleaned inside and out with a cleaning agent. When used for the first time, open it in the same way as other types of clay pots (a good pot is recommended to open twice). The first time, put clean cold water (low-temperature fire) and boil until it opens; the second time, put a little tea (that is, the amount you want to use this pot continuously) into the pot, then fill it with cold water and put it together in a clean container and flood the pot with cold water; boil it over low heat for 20 minutes. At this point, just let it cool naturally, then take it out and use it directly.
When using Zhuni teapots, it is important to be aware of the potential of a sudden crack due to sudden temperature changes. This is especially true in northern areas during winter. This is because the crystal of Zhuni is usually denser than other types, and does not have enough air pores to buffer its instantaneous changes. Therefore, it is best to use warm water to moisten the outside of the pot before pouring into the pot for normal warming or brewing. This will greatly reduce the chance of cracking.
New purple sand pot opening technique:
1. Position your hands correctly – Place your left hand around the lid and use your right hand to rotate the lid counterclockwise.
2. Apply pressure – Use the shoulder of your right hand to push firmly against the lid while turning it counterclockwise.
3. Done! With a bit of pressure, the lid should come off easily.
Put the tea you want to brew directly into the pot, about three times the amount of tea you usually use for daily brewing. For example, if you usually use 5g for a 200ml pot of black tea, then when opening the pot, 15g of tea should be placed in the pan. The pot and the tea should be placed in a flat bottomed pan which is not too big to contain both. Add enough water to cover the body of the pot and boil it over low heat for about an hour. Of course, before opening the pot, first rinse both inside and outside with clean water.
It is important to note that when opening the pot, the lid should be placed separately from the body of the pot in the pot and it is best to have someone on duty to prevent bumping between the lid and the body when boiling. In this way, not only can the dryness of a new pot be removed well after opening with a tea-throwing method, but also once a good Ben Shan ore material is opened, the water color will change. For friends who are used to taking shortcuts, actually just cleaning and rinsing the pot inside and out with boiling water several times can also be used directly.
The above is the introduction of how to use new purple clay teapot. Before brewing tea, one must open the pot and clean it thoroughly before using. Also, one should take good care of the teapot on a daily basis and do not damage or break it.