Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Glass Kettle from Adagio

I splurged last week, and ordered an all-glass kettle for my stovetop. I've always been a bit wary of doing that, due to the risk of breakage, etc, but I've gotten tired of looking at my trusty stainless steel kettle, and trying to keep it clean with my messier cooking habits (it's not easy to get grease off stainless steel). And my SS kettle doesn't have a flat bottom, so with my ceramic stovetop that means I have to set it on a larger burner. So when I read that this one could withstand high heat, and was dishwasher safe (the magic words), I thought what the heck? Might as well give it a try...

The first time I used it, I was afraid to put too much heat under it. So I set the temperature at slightly more than medium, and waited as it took *forever* to start boiling. It did boil though, and without trouble too. It's very relaxing watching the water start to swirl around through the pot, heating and bubbling gradually. This kettle can take flame too, and I think it would be lovely to watch it on a gas stovetop.

The second time I used it, I started a bit higher, and had moved up the temperature almost all the way to high by the time I was done, to get the water boiling sooner. I figured the worst that would happen is glass shards and hot water everywhere...I still have my SS kettle in case. But nothing happened, and all was well.

I do notice that you can't fill it all the way - it needs some air in the top to get to a full boil, for some reason, and if it does start boiling hard, the water and steam tend to shoot out of the spout quite jerkily, which could be dangerous. But even filled just three quarters full, it still makes plenty of water to fill a nice sized teapot, and when it gets dirty, I just stick it right in the dishwasher, and it comes out nice and clean. My SS kettle has hard water stains that I've not been able to scrub out...not a problem with the glass kettle in the dishwasher. I've also noticed a difference in water quality...perhaps the SS was contributing more of a metallic taste to the water than I had noticed previously.

It's a bit spendy at $29...and definately a "luxury" item, but I do really like the way it doesn't take up so much space on my stove, and is so easily cleaned that I don't have to look at a constantly dirty kettle on the stovetop.

One downside though - I have to keep the stovetop cleaner, because you can see right through the kettle to whatever is behind (and under) it! That's not necessarily a bad thing though...

Anyways, if you're wanting something pretty, dainty, and still very functional & easy to clean for your stove, splurge on one of these kettles. You won't be disappointed, and there's the added bonus of no metallic taste added to the tea water (if you currently have a metal kettle).


  1. When I was in high school chemistry, my teacher was boiling water over a bunsen burner for some sort of demonstration. He put a large glass beaker on the flame, explained something for a few minutes, then poured cold water directly into the beaker. Needless to say, it shattered. He looked surprised, re-lit the fire, started a new beaker, and once again let it heat up on the flame before adding cold tap water (the second time it only cracked).

    This has been a long way of saying that even though that teacher was an idiot, I don't think I'll ever be comfortable using a glass kettle. But more power to you!

  2. I guess the idea of warming anything up empty on the stove, be it glass or metal, never even occured to me. Metal pans can warp badly when heated "dry" and then have cold ingredients poured in them...you can ruin a good set of pans that way (or kettles). Anyone who adds cold water to hot glass deserves what they get, imo. I use a lot of stoneware/ceramics too...same thing happens to them in that situation.

    I really think this is perfectly safe, as long as you take *normal* precautions...but I can understand people not being comfortable with it too. :-)


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