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22nd December 2019

Making Tea with The Best Kettle

lady pouring water from a kettle into a cup

Making a tasty cup of tea has never been easier. The days of waiting by the stove for the stove-top kettle to heat up gradually have gone. As much as some people love the old-fashioned whistling sound, they are turning to electric pots which provide better speed, temperature adjustment, longer durability and much more.

In case you’re thinking of purchasing a brand new electric kettle, there are numerous factors to take into consideration. You’re provided with a wide range of models, even with quiet kettles for your tea.

How to choose the best one?

Solid speed

One of the primary features you should look for in a kettle is speed. You need one which is going to have your tea ready in about two to three minutes. Speed is crucial, as purchasing a fast boiler is going to save you plenty of time in the morning when you hurry to get ready for work.

When deciding to purchase a kettle, go to various stores and read the description of the ones you find appealing. It’s supposed to include the wattage of the pot by which you can determine its speed. The higher the wattage, the faster the water will boil. 

In case you can’t manage to find this information in the description, don’t hesitate to call the shop assistant to help you. He/ She will be able to tell you everything you wish to know about the product. As you’re going to be faced with a wide selection of models, it’s a wise idea to go through some reviews by previous customers. If you are making an online purchase, online stores will provide you with numerous reviews, aiding you in making a choice.

Temperature adjustment

Not all electric kettles have the feature of temperature adjustment, enabling you to adjust the temperature in accordance with your preferences. Most pots, particularly the lower-cost ones, have only one fixed temperature feature, which boils the water in the same way regardless of the type of tea you’re brewing.

Glass kettle

If you aren’t a person who takes special notice on the effect which boiling temperature has on your cup of tea, then the adjustment option isn’t essential for you. However, in case you are specific about the taste and you make a distinction between teas boiled at a different temperature, then this feature has to be included. The tea brewing temperature guide on this page will teach you about the ideal way of making the perfect cup out of various types of tea.

Dimensions and capacity

Size is very significant when it comes to selecting the perfect kettle. Therefore, prior to making a purchase, take a good look at your kitchen to determine the spot where you plan to place it. If your kitchen is crowded with various objects, you’ll certainly need a smaller pot in order to fit in properly. However, should you have a large kitchen and you can place the pot anywhere you want, then you aren’t limited in terms of dimensions.

In addition, capacity is another important element which largely depends on the amount of tea you drink. Those people who live alone, brewing tea only for themselves, need a small-sized kettle, such as the one designed for travelling purposes.

On the other hand, if you brew tea for the whole family, then you need a normal-sized boiler which is capable of boiling approximately two litres of water. This amount is more than enough for the whole family to have a cup, without having to wait more than a few minutes.

yellow whistle kettle

Noise

You probably remember the whistling kettles which release such a loud noise that it could wake the dead. Fortunately, pots are becoming less noisy, even almost silent. The higher voltage ones are noisier, unlike the ones which are of lower voltage, but quieter. Not being bothered by the loud sounds the boiler produces, means purchasing a high-voltage one, able to heat up faster.

Nevertheless, if you find the noise annoying or you simply don’t want to wake the others early in the morning while using the electric pot, you should buy a lower-voltage one. Moreover, you can choose some of the modern quiet kettles, producing as little noise as possible or try to make your water boiler quiet by following the soundproofing tips on this link: https://soundproofcentral.com/make-kettle-quiet/.

Weight and material

The most common materials used for making water boilers are stainless steel, plastic or glass, each having its own advantages and drawbacks. The first one is considered to be the best material for kettles, heating up fast, lasting the longest, but weighing the most.

Plastic heats up more slowly, but the lightest pots are made of this material, making them perfect for travelling. Glass boilers are similar to the ones made of stainless steel, but are more frequently chosen due to their appealing design.

Price

In terms of price, you can purchase low-cost boilers, being equipped only with the basic features such as lower voltage, capacity and no temperature adjustment option. However, you shouldn’t expect them to have a long life-span.

Conversely, the ones which are more durable, powerful and bigger in size cost more. Also, the more additional features the kettle has, the more expensive it is.

Conclusion

The electric water boiler is something you’ll use on a daily basis; make sure you choose one with high quality and top design.

This is a collaborative post

Easy Ways To Get Your Car Tyres Online.

Have you checked your tyres recently?
Statistics from the Department for Transport show that poor tyre condition including defective, illegal or under-inflated tyres are the second most common cause of crashes, the first being defective brakes.

As a nation, we don’t usually expect lots of snow in winter anymore, but sometimes we get caught out and it arrives with a vengeance!
If you’re one of those people who have to still go to work in the snow, you’re going to need to make sure your tyres are in excellent condition.
You don’t want to become part of the above statistics, especially not at this time of year.

Close up of car wing mirror covered in frozen snow
Image by Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay

Tyre Maintenance

Tyres are checked when a car has an MOT, however, you still need to regularly check your tyres throughout the year and even more so in the winter.

It may feel like a lot of work to keep your tyres maintained but with today’s technology, it’s never been easier. You don’t even need to leave your house! When you are ordering your tyres online always make sure you think about getting them fitted professionally.  You can go online and get your car tyres at an economical price from Jet Wheel Tyre.  Often people forget that it is not such an easy job for a layman to properly fit, balance and align new tyres and this can detract some of the savings earned by buying tyres online.

Tyre Tread Depth

Tyre tread depth is the most important factor when it comes to your safety. The tyres are the only point of contact with the road and having the correct depth ensures your vehicle gets the grip it needs.
Having a good grip on the road is essential, especially when braking, cornering and over-taking.

Good tyre tread depth also makes sure your stopping distance isn’t reduced if you have to brake suddenly.

a car tyre with good tread - this helps prevent accidents due to poor tyre condition
Image by wyncel from Pixabay

Tyre Pressure Matters

Having over or under-inflated tyres will have a negative impact on the tyre tread depth.
Not only will the tread be worn down faster, but there’s also the possibility that you will lose grip or even have complete tyre failure.

Over-inflated tyres increase the possibility of having a blow out because the tyres aren’t flexible enough to cope with uneven road surfaces.

As an added bonus, ensuring correct tyre pressure will help reduce fuel consumption, thereby saving you money on fuel costs.

Check For Tyre Damage

Check the tyre sidewall for any signs of damage such as bulging or cracking.
The sidewall absorbs most of the stresses the tyres have to withstand which means they’re very susceptible to cuts, scrapes and punctures.
The chances of damage increases if your tyres are under-inflated.

Be Safe

Taking a few moments each week on tyre maintenance will ensure you and your family will be kept safe throughout the winter months.

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Oreo Fudge Recipe

Welcome to day 22 of our Countdown to Christmas Sweet Treats recipes.
Today we’re making Oreo fudge.
Now, I’ll admit that this isn’t the most appetising looking fudge in the world but OMG, the flavour more than makes up for the muddy looking mess!

Oreo Fudge Ingredients

  • 397g Condensed milk
  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 300g White chocolate

Method

  1. Cut a piece of non-stick baking paper to the same size as your baking tray. We used a –x– cm baking tray.
    Using a damp cloth, wipe the cookie tray before applying the baking paper. This will stop it from moving around.
  2. Place the chocolate and condensed milk in a microwavable bowl and melt for 30-seconds then stirring.
  3. Continue melting in 15-second increments and stirring well each time until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Keep 4 Oreos for the topping and place the rest of the Oreos into a plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to break up the Oreos.
  5. Add the crushed Oreos to the fudge and mix well until combined.
  6. Pour into the prepared baking tin and spread out the mixture.
  7. Break the 4 Oreos into pieces and sprinkle over the top of the fudge, pressing them in gently.
  8. Refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours, depending on the thickness of your fudge.
  9. When set, remove the fudge from the tin using the baking parchment and cut into bitesize pieces.
    Store in an airtight container or package into cellophane bags and give as gifts.

Tomorrow’s recipe is for Grinch bark.

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