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Old 11-01-2007, 12:02 AM   #51
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Heh heh heh...you and kitchenelf are so much alike in some ways. Let us know how the teapot comes out.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:26 PM   #52
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I wouldn't worry about it being safe to use, GB. You've had vinegar soaking in it, and then you washed it with soap and water. Think about how you clean a cutting board too large to fit into a dishwasher after cutting raw chicken on it - wash with soap and water and then wipe down with vinegar or a bleach/water solution.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:35 PM   #53
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The part I worry about though Michael is inside the spout where I can't see what is going on. If there are chunks of mold and gunk in there and that gets brewed into the tea, can't that make me sick?

In all honesty, I am fairly confident that i have it very clean and ready to use. I am sure I will use it tomorrow.
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:04 PM   #54
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I use the baby bottle brush for spouts. As for the vinegar in the dishwasher, I use lemon juice instead. Just empty the bottle into an empty dishwasher, close, and turn on to the rinse cycle. When we first moved into this house, I thought we needed a new dishwasher because there was so much sludge inside it. But the lemon juice made it sparkle! I had to do it two or three times that first time though.

You might try lemon juice in the pot if the vinegar doesn't work.

And if my sister did that... what can I say? I'm not all THAT surprised...
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I like the lemon juice idea. Even if a little remains it will still taste good with a lot of my teas.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:44 PM   #56
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The part I worry about though Michael is inside the spout where I can't see what is going on. If there are chunks of mold and gunk in there and that gets brewed into the tea, can't that make me sick?
This is where the baking soda and vinegar works well. We put many a straw through heck with milk left in those pop up straw cups from Disney. We would throw the baking soda down first, follow with vinegar, and the fuzzing will clean out the spout. Hold the put upside down and you can plug the spout and then let the chemical action happen.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:11 AM   #57
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All of those 'old' rules about not cleaning a teapot, seasoning a teapot, and only ever brewing one type of tea in it--- they are only valid with a pot that has an unglazed ceramic interior.
If the inside is glazed (read smooth and shiny) then you can clean it on occasion with soap and water, and brew several types of tea in it. Heck my daily use teapot (glazed on the inside) takes a trip through the dishwasher on occasion.

However my 'Brown Betty' unglazed pot with an incredibly seasoned interior only gets a rinse with hot water before use, and I only brew a loose single estate Ceylon long leaf tea.

New tea videos going up on my site over the next few weeks.

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