Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kettle TV is fun to watch


The first time I saw a transparent kettle I was fascinated, and have kept a lookout for one ever since. In December our local Pick 'n Pay added an amazing one to their store, and I couln't resist getting one, especially since our previous kettle stopped working.
This one has an automatic cut-off, and a "keep it warm" switch, so you can boil the kettle and keep the water hot until you're ready to use it. It's also got a removable base, making it easy to fill without having to unplug it from the wall.
The best part is watching it boil. The photo above doesn't do it justice, even if you click on it for a larger image. You can see the bubbles developing and then growing, and it's often more entertaining than the TV. That's why my kettle is now called "Kettle TV" because it fascinates our visitors too.
I also devised a simple way of getting rid of the "scale" buildup that happens inside the glass: vinegar. Just add some vinegar to the leftover hot water in the kettle, and in a minute or two the acid in the vinegar has dissolved all the alkaline scale from the inside. I use red vinegar so you don't inadvertently pour the vinegar mixture into a cup of tea.

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