Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Put the Kettle on!

I can't believe I did this!
 I grew up in the South where you put a saucepan of water on the stove and when it boils you add several Lipton tea bags, tied together, and let it steep. When it cools, add sugar and cool water and store it in the 'frig'.... quenching sweet iced tea! The very first day we moved to London I bought an electric kettle. It was fantastic! It boiled water in minutes and I could have a cup of my favorite Twinning's Earl Grey or Teapig's Licorice and Mint tea before my wellies were off.
Lately I have noticed that my tea has a film of "sludge" floating on top so my friends all advised me to use bottled water. I washed out the kettle and filled it with fancy bottled water. When Christy was visiting last week she commented on the "crud" that was in my kettle and I noticed she heated her water in the - say it isn't so - microwave! So when I placed my Ocado order this week I included an appliance scale cleaner.
(Had to slip in another picture of the kids!)

Here is the "Say it ain't so" part of this story. Did you know that some kettles have filters in them? For six years I have been boiling water in this kettle and never knew there was a removable - cleanable filter! If you can imagine what your teeth would look like if you didn't have the plaque scrapped off for six years you can imagine what this filter looked like.....
I am lucky I didn't poison anybody... on second thought, when my friends come over we drink Gin & Slimline Tonic anyway. But if you want a cup'o tea, my kettle is now shiny clean!

4 comments:

A Tale of Two Cities said...

A removable filter? Wonder if our kettle at the flat has one?? This London experience keeps us learning every day!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Yikes!
Here you have given up gluten, wheat, milk, and cheese...
And you are having a cup of rehydrated minerals and slime everyday.

Consuelo said...

I am laughing until I cry! Luckily you won't poison anyone with the water - allegedly London water has pased through eight people before it got to your kettle!!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I didn't know about the filter either. I still heat my tea water in a kettle on the stove - I'm old fashioned like that :)