The Water Kettle: A Kitchen Tool with History
Few people know that water kettles have a traditional value. Their origin – unsurprisingly – come from the land of tea, China. The Chinese used the first cast iron tea kettles 900 years ago. Water kettles became popular in Europe in the 17th century. The invention of the whistling kettles brought the possibility of heating water quickly on the stove and keeping it warm over a longer period of time.
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How does a Water Kettle work?
Water kettles are placed on the stove. They have a thinner bottom than pots, in order for heat to evolve quicker. As soon as the water is boiling, hot steam comes out of the kettle's spout, producing a whistle-like noise. Earlier there were only models that could be refilled through the spout. It was supposed to prevent the water steam to come out at any other opening than the spout. Thanks to better sealings, today the opening at the top is also possible. The principle of function is easy to compare to the one of a pressure cooker. A common water kettle has a capacity of 1.5 to 2 litres. For example: the KitchenAid Kettle in retro design with a capacity of 1.9 litres.
Alessi revolutionises the Whistling Kettle
1982- Designer Richard Sapper is annoyed. The whistling tone of his kettle is too monotonous and normal. He wants to create a melodic sound. Thus, upon request, a craftsman in the Black Forest develops a whistle with a short melody. As soon as the water boils, you hear an E and B-flat. Furthermore, Sapper makes changes to the original shape of the whistling kettle. He eliminates the lid that often falls off. The water is filled in through the spout. It can be opened with one hand by a mechanism in the handle. Richard Sapper was one of the first designers to increase the value of an everyday item by adding sense impression. Even today, more than 30 years after his idea, Sapper’s kettle, the Modell 9091 is sold by traditional brand Alessi.
One for All and All for One – The Water Kettle for All Stove Types
There is a fitting kettle for every stove – whether ceramic glass, plate stove or gas stove. Generally, kettles are made of stainless steel. Most kettles are suitable for induction, such as the Water Kettle 9093 by Alessi. Nonetheless, when purchasing, you should make not of the suitability for induction stoves. An induction plate does not make the water kettle worse than a water boiler in terms of speed.
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