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Old 08-27-2008, 07:36 AM   #31
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This type of kettle is used in South America to heat up water for Mate, a local infusion equivalent to coffee or black tea. They are very popular and much more efficient than heating up on the stove. I've seen them all over Europe too.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:50 AM   #32
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OK, I know I'm late but my two cents is that I love my electric kettle because of its auto shut off feature. I had a wee problem with boiling kettles dry before I got this one.

Its nice to have the kettle that you can remove from the base too. Its not a huge expense, but really the only advantage is the auto shut off IMO. It boils faster on the stove. LOL.

Tip for you is to use only distilled water in your kettle to avoid the scale build up. (Although a vinegar soak removes it all very quickly I don't like the lingering flavour of vinegar in my kettle...messes up the tea!)
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:53 AM   #33
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Hmm if the only advantage is the auto shut off then that would not mean much to me. I have never once let anything boil dry. I have never even come close.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:05 AM   #34
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Thats the only advantage I really see. Unless you are in a place where you only have electrical outlets and not a stove? Then it would be a better choice.

IMO, if I weren't the sort of person who routinely trashed kettles on the stove, I would have stuck with that method. Its faster.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:50 PM   #35
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The auto shut off is a huge selling point for absent minded people like me.

I've used my Faberware percolator before to just boil water.
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Old 08-27-2008, 01:24 PM   #36
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Here's mine - I still love it as much as I did back 1 years ago, when I posted it (someone else was looking to get one) AND it's fast!

Electric Tea Kettle?
Yours is pretty. I would get this before I'd get the one in the first post of this thread. As a matter of fact, I may look this weekend. My DD loves hot chocolate in the winter and I hate that whistle noise when I'm still asleep.
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Here's mine - I still love it as much as I did back 1 years ago, when I posted it (someone else was looking to get one) AND it's fast!

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jkath ~ I'm curious, it says it's cordless. How does it heat up? Batteries?? Rechargable? What???
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The pot is cordless, but the base it sits on has a cord. The old style did not have a base. The cord was attached to the pitcher.
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Thanks! I'm not sure now if I'm going to get one because the house we just rented has gas instead of electric for cooking.
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:11 AM   #40
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We find the electric kettkles are much faster - we use a stovetop kettle in our caravan.

You can get electric kettles over here with a keep warm button which keeps the water hot if you don't want to use it straight away. We had one which we then lost in the fire and it worked really well - especially for keeping the water to the same temperature when I was making bread.
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