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Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 2:51 pm    Post subject: Boiling water  Reply with quote    

What is Fiddlesticks Julie going to boil the water in for this cup of tea she's making us all? The article I have just read from the Guardian's "ethical living" section says a stove top one is better even with gas...is that true? Anybody know more or different and what do you use?

Anyone in the habit of boiling a kettleful to use all day?

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One of those 'Kelly Kettles' would probably be the Downsizer way. Though I admit I've got an electric kettle myself. I'm not convinced by the stove top idea as they tend to not be very good for doing small quantities.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm using an electric kettle, but I tend to only boil enough for what I need and rarely fill it right up, although I may need to do two boilings for you lot - good job I've two tea-pots.

I've heard of some who boil full kettle in the morning and then put the water in a flask to keep it hot all day, does anyone do that here?

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just remembered my parents had an old gas cooker with a pilot light on it, you could take off the little lid and place a kettle on top so that by morning it only needed a short spell on a ring to boil. Yes I know those cookers wasted gas, but it was a good way of using the llittle flame

Smiler



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Apart from being very unfriendly boiling a whole kettle full repeatedly throughout the day - what a bl**dy awful cup of tea it makes by the third boil!!!!!
I am afraid I can now tell if we are on the second boil, taste probably wasn't what you were getting at was it Bugs but hey ho!

Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No, I put that badly, I meant like wot Julie said, boiling a load and keeping it in a flask to use later...doesn't it still get a bit too cold to make fresh tea/coffee with?

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
..doesn't it still get a bit too cold to make fresh tea/coffee with?


Tea - certainly.
Coffee - who cares; nasty stuff anyway.
Hot Vimto's what flasks were made for.

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oooh no, no, noooo. You can only make tea with water that is at a rolling boil. I don't care how efficient a thermos you have, it will still make a vile cup of tea.
I had a job once where the only hot water was from one of those Burco jobbies that kept reheating all day - my tea, and coffee for that matter, was just too horrid for words.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Does anyone remember Jerry Hall ( I think) advertising hot bovril?

Hot Vimto? blimey reminds me of my childhood, my sister didn't do tea (still doesn't) and use to drink hot ribena instead.

There's some in the pot, but it is getting stewed, although some may prefer it that way. I don't have a cosy so it may be cooling too.

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fiddlesticks Julie wrote:
Hot Vimto? blimey reminds me of my childhood...


Why must people give up such things, just because they're older? Jelly Tots are still amongst my favourite sweets.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Northern_Lad wrote:
Bugs wrote:
..doesn't it still get a bit too cold to make fresh tea/coffee with?


Tea - certainly.
Coffee - who cares; nasty stuff anyway.
Hot Vimto's what flasks were made for.


Nonsense, Bovril is what flasks were made for....before they took the beef out of bovril, oh the madness!

Helen_A



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ah I'm in the habit of filling a kettle and then filling a flask.

As for the tea/rolling boil.... well I tend to make and drink tea first thing in the day only. So my first pot/cup of the day is made with the kettle that has just boiled. The rest of the water goes into the flask and is used to make coffee, hot chocolate or blackcurrant with.

Mind you - my flask still manages to keep itself nicely at 80 degrees until its finished (its one of the stainless steel ones, less 'friendly' to make than the other sort, but wan't surcum to the ministrations (ha ha) of my children so has so far lasted me nearly 8 years when I would probably have gone through 5 or 6 of the other sort by now....)

Helen_A

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When my electric kettle dies, I shall get a stove top one, but this is mostly because I had a bigger hob, and lost some worktop! If I just the plastic kettle, I might be able to squeeze in a food processor! Plus, I will be able to use it on the woodburner when its alight.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
When my electric kettle dies, I shall get a stove top one, but this is mostly because I had a bigger hob, and lost some worktop! If I just the plastic kettle, I might be able to squeeze in a food processor! Plus, I will be able to use it on the woodburner when its alight.


My woodburner has a hotplate, how 'hot' can i expect it to get?

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Very. I've fried stuff on the top of ours.

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