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TAKE A PEEK INTO THE JAPANESE PANTRY: JAPANESE CAST IRON KYUSU TEAPOT GUIDE

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If you are a Japanese green tea connoisseur, you have already heard about a Japanese cast iron teapot called “TETSU KYUSU”.

The most popular cast iron is “Nanbu tekki” and there are many designs of Kyusu teapots from classic and stylish.

The most attractive feature of cast iron teapots is their “durability”.

Once you get it, it’ll last long for your life.

Yet, many people are hesitant to use cast iron cookware despite all of their advantages.

Today, deep into Japanese cast iron teapot -TETSU KYUSU- to make delicious green tea.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE JAPANESE CAST IRON TEAPOT

Break down the word “TETSU KYUSU” in two Japanese terms cast iron and a traditional Japanese teapot.

Literally, TETSU KYUSU is made from cast iron to make tea so it differs from TETSU-BIN which precisely refers to a cast iron kettle.

In TETSU KYUSU modern designs, most KYUSU teapots apply the enamel glaze inside of the pot to ease maintenance.

NANBU TEKKI

Among Japanese cast iron crafts, Nambu Tekki is probably the most famous casting production in Japan and has been designated as a national traditional craft.

Originated in mainly Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture.

Its simple and classic but elegant design, high-quality craftsmanship, it s durability attract people worldwide.

THE BENEFITS OF TETSU KYUSU TEAPOT

  • Durability
  • A great heat retention
  • A classic design

Cast-iron Kyusu teapots are durable compared with ceramics KYUSU teapots.

Since it is made from cast iron, TETSU KYUSU has great heat retention, which means you’ll not get cold green tea.

Besides, green tea such as GNEMAI green tea and HOJICHA green tea should be brewed in hot boiled water so TESTU KYUSU is perfect for brewing those kinds of tea that need to be brewed in hot boiled water.

As I said, the modern TETSU KYUSU teapots are applied to the enamel grazed inside of the pot to make daily maintenance easy.

Its simple, classic, but elegant design delights your kitchen and your “mindfulness” lifestyle.

TETSYU KYUSU AND TETSUBIN

Tetsu-KyusuTETSUBIN
Enamel-glazed×
Stovetop-safe×
Provides iron×
Hold liquid inside for long×

When talking about Japanese cast iron teapots, there is confusion between TETSU KYUSU and TETSU-BIN.

Percisely, TETSU KYUSU refers to a KYUSU teapot to brew tea and TETSU-BIN is a cast iron kettle to boil water.

However, you’ll see many cases that TETSU KYUSU is sold as “TETSUBIN”.

Thus, you need to make sure what you want to get: a KYUSU teapot or a kettle, especially when you buy a traditional authentic Japanese cast iron produced in Japan.

Also, there are cast iron kettle with a tea strainer that you can use for both situations.

There are more universal cast iron teapots since the are getting popular worldwide, so choose what you need for the cast iron teapots.

IRON PRODUCTION

  • A TETSU KYUSU teapot with enamel glazed inside will not produce iron

Moreover, most TETSU KYUSU teapots don’t support your iron intake since the inner pot is glazed with enamel so you need to find a TETSU KYUSU without the enamel glaze inside or need to buy an iron kettle if you expect the iron intake.

Also, the TETSU KYUSU (with the enamel glaze inside) does not affect the tea flavor.

TETSUBIN-JAPANESE CAST IRON KETTLE

Like other ironware, Tetsuni, a Japanese cast iron kettle, has excellent durability thermal conductivity, and heat retention.

It changes boiled water better taste-mellow round flavor and makes green tea better flavor.

The simple, classic, elegant but strong design delights your kitchen and mindfulness lifestyle.

IRON IS THE ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR MENTAL WELL-BEING

Iron is an essential mineral for your physical and mental health and it plays an important role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain that keep the mind healthy, iron deficiency increases the risk of depression and anxiety.

Read this post that tells you how traditional Japanese food is related to mental well-being.

KNOW THE CAPACITY: A TRADITIONAL JAPANESE KYUSU TEAPOT IS SMALL

A Japanese Kyusu teapot is generally (very) small when you think about Western teapots.

The typical Kyusu teapot size produced in Japan is around 200-300ml which means almost the same serving size for your coffee mug.

Be sure of the capacity when you purchase Japanese Kyusu teapots.

HOW TO USE

It is important to remember that the TETSU KYUSU cannot boil water on a stovetop if it does not say so.

THE FIRST USE
  • YOU CAN’T USE A DISHWASHER FOR THE CAST IRON TEAPOT

Gently rinse the iron teapot, a strainer, and the lid with a soft kitchen sponge.
Avoid using dish soap for the cast iron teapot and the lid.

Towel-dry thoughtfully.

THE MAINTENANCE AFTER USE

Rince the teapot, the lid, and the tea strainer. Wash them with a soft kitchen sponge lightly without dish soap, cleansers, or steel scrubbers.

You can use dish soap for the strainer.

Towel-dry the iron teapot and the lid and be sure to remove moisture.

The back side of the lid is particularly easy to rust, so make sure to towel-dry and leave the lid inside up until the teapot and the lid cool and dry completely.

Never leave the cast iron teapot and the lid wet for long.

Store it in a well-ventilated place.

HOW TO MAKE SENCHA GREEN TEA

Sencha is the most popular Japanese green tea which the Japanese drink daily.

For a daily teatime or after a meal, you don’t need to care about a picky method of how to brew sencha green tea, yet, there are some tips if you want to upgrade the green tea flavor like changing the water temperature.

On the other hand, you can suppress the astringency when you just change the water temperature and the steeping time.

It is not too late to read this post and learn how to make sencha green tea properly.

Upgrade Your Tea Life With Tetsu Kyusu

A Kyusu teapot will bring more fun, more relaxed, and more delicious green tea.

The cast iron teapot is durable and keeps water or tea warm for a long.

Its classic design delights your kitchen and entertains your teatime.

If you are looking for Japanese KYUSU teapots more, read these posts next.

TOKONAME KYUSU

Simple ways to make delicious Japanese green tea, one: get a decent quality of loose tea leaves, two: use a Kyusu teapot made for green tea. TOKONAME KYUSU is known for “the best” Kyusu teapot and the green tea made in TOKONAME KYUSU become a mellow round flavor.

KUTANI WARE -BEAUTIFUL JAPANESE CERAMIC-

KUTANI ware (九谷焼) is unique, colorful, beautiful ceramics produced in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan.

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