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Electric Kettles

11th July 2007

Electric Kettles

posted in Kitchen stuff |

One of the random things that I’ve been thinking about in regards to our move is electric kettles. Here in New Zealand every home has an electric kettle. Used to boil water for the millions of cups of tea/coffee that are drunk every day. Someone comes over for a visit: Do you want a hot drink? and the kettle gets flicked on. It just sits on the countertop, often next to the toaster. And they’re cheap - you can get a cheap one for less than $15. One day I’ll have to tell you about the beautiful kettle I bought for the whopping price of $99. In my defense it’s the best kettle we ever owned. We bought it over four years ago and we just sold it at the garage sale. But I digress.

In America, electric kettles are not as common. Relatively uncommon, actually. And I can’t figure out why!! They’re brilliant! You need some warm water for making bread, just flick on the kettle for 20 seconds and you’ve got warm water. Need to sterilise a baby’s pacifier, boil some water and pour it over and you’re done. An electric kettle is so fast and it automatically shuts off when the water is boiled.

So. I’ve been looking at Amazon for an electric kettle because we’ve decided that’s even more important than buying a toaster. My husband is a coffee drinker but he doesn’t mind instant as long as we buy a good instant (I buy Robert Harris instant, which runs $7 for a jar, compared to $3 for a jar of the cheap stuff. And the cheaps stuff is GROSS.) And we figure we can toast bread in the oven if we really want it. I found one that I like and it looks like this: (I’m trying to put in a picture for the first time. We’ll see if it works.)electric-kettle.jpg

There must be a way to do word wrap, but I’ll have to figure that out another time.

From experience, I like this kettle because the cord isn’t actually attached to the kettle itself. So you can take the kettle off the base and set it on the table, like a pitcher. I’ve added it to my Amazon wishlist.

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  1. 1 On July 12th, 2007, becominglikehim said:

    I have coffee running through my veins…but I’m not sure about instant…it would HAVE
    to be good! The kettle is cool. My husband drinks tea but we have a water cooler at our house
    and we have 5 gallon jugs of water delivered to us. our cooler has cold, room temp, and hot water
    for tea and hot coa coa and the like. we don’t need a kettle. So I don’t know about kettles
    Anyway, i gotta run. toasters are cheap too!!

  2. 2 On July 12th, 2007, USMama said:

    Having seen several in peoples home in NZ I bought one for myself and it looks like the one you have pictured. It works great and looks good, too.

  3. 3 On July 12th, 2007, jen said:

    so what do they use???

    we have a cordless kettle similar to the one you have photoed
    i like it
    wouldnt go back to a noncordless again

  4. 4 On July 12th, 2007, Wilm said:

    Yes, what do they use?? I guess I just presumed everyone had one - they have kettles in Holland etc. YOu live and learn eh!

    Cheers, Wilm

  5. 5 On July 19th, 2007, My Quotidian Mysteries (Laura) said:

    I love electric kettles, but you are right - they are rarer than rare in the US. They make me feel like I’m in England. :)

    Where will you be visiting in the US?

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