temperature kettle

Green Tea being poured

May Passion

I’m so pleased with my latest gadget. But first I want to tell you about one of my many passions, tea.

But not tea with milk and sugar, black teas, white teas and every other color tea in between. But my favorites are Janine and oolong teas. Very subtly flavored, very refreshing and I recently found out, very healthy too.

Brewing Tea

But an important part of these teas, is in the brewing. I used to just pour boiling water into a cup of tea leaves or a small pot. Let the tea brew for a few minutes, then drink.

But I’ve since found out the boiling water is not always ideal for making hot drinks like tea, coffee or even hot fruit drinks.

Pouring boiling water into a cold cup or tea pot will cause the temperature to drop slightly as some of the heat it’s lost warning the cup/pot.

Temperature Control Kettle

Back to my latest gadget, a kettle with a built in thermometer. Simple – takes all the guess work out and you ensure that the water is heated to the temperature you set. Like the ones here best variable temperature kettles

Even better than just heating the water to the desired temperature, they also have a function that keeps the water at that temperature. Mine keeps the water at that temperature for up to 15 minutes.

Blue and Gold Teapot

Making the Perfect Cup of Tea

So what I do is pour some water into a cup or pot first. Leave it a few minutes. Pour the water away. Then make my tea in a nice warm cup or pot. With water that’s sitting at the correct temperature.

The Perfect Cuppa

Verdict – It’s all in the Taste

The result is a perfect cup of tea. But does the tea taste better – Yes. Before I’d make tea which was okay and that was very nice. The difference was most likely the temperature of the water. Well now the tea is consistently excellent and I know I getting the maximum health benefits too.

soft water system

Our Installation

Let me tell you what a difference soft water has made to our household and to our day to day lives, since we installed a “water softener system” to the domestic supply.

The Good Things

fluffy towelsTowels – These start of all nice and fluffy and soft to the touch. But after a year or so, they would start to become coarse and feel rough on the skin. This only gets worse as the months and years went by. And it’s too expensive to keep replacing them every few months. I live with a family of six, that’s a lot of towels.

Well I replaced them all, once we had our new “water softening system” installed, this was about a year ago, as I said earlier. The result is that those new (newish) towels are still soft and fluffy and I’ve every confidence that they’ll remain so.

washing hands with soapSkin – Soft water has another huge benefit when it comes to washing. The water feels better somehow and you really notice the difference when you go somewhere that still has hard water.

When you wash, the soap gets soapier – not sure if that’s a real word but you know what I mean. And you feel cleaner. The water is wetter and the nice soft towels sponge the water off the skin so you feel drier after a bath our a shower.

Hair – this is where I noticed a big change. My hair always felt a little rough before and slightly tangled. And in the mornings it would stick out in different directions. Not any more. My hair is bouncy and soft and feels incredibly clean. I get a buzz just touching it nowadays.

Savings – we’re using a lot less soap, shower gels, shampoos, than we did before. Because the water is soft you don’t need as much. I reckon we as a family we are using about half the amount we used to use.

More Info

This is a good resource if you want to know more hard& Soft and this is a good site if you’ve made the decision to get a home water softener get one here.

What’s not to like about soft water?

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