TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Panasonic Electric Kettle | The Nibble Webzine Of Food Adventures - The Nibble Webzine Of Food AdventuresTOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Panasonic Electric Kettle | The Nibble Webzine Of Food Adventures
Summer is iced tea time. If you’re a fan, here’s a question:
Why take the time and effort to brew iced tea? You can buy it in individual bottles and large formats just about everywhere.
The main reasons to brew your own are sustainability, cost and, if you have a good palate, better quality tea.
Save The Environment. Just as with water bottles, all of that extra plastic goes into landfill. Some people recycle, but that, too, requires energy and expense.
Save Money. How much does a 16-ounce bottle of iced tea cost? About $1.79 where we live. Even if you buy them at club stores, you’re still paying a dollar—as opposed to pennies to brew your own.
Please Your Palate. Brew iced tea from loose tea or quality tea bags and enjoy superior tea flavor. We use great tea that’s so complex and flavorful, it never needs sugar.
Decaffeinated Tea. People who limit their caffeine can enjoy decaffeinated iced tea to their hearts’ content.
Panasonic’s sleek new electric kettle. Photo courtesy Panasonic.
THE EFFICIENCY OF AN ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE
Electric kettles have been around for generations, but they keep getting better and better.
Introduced last month as part of Panasonic’s new Breakfast Collection, the The Panasonic C-ZK1 is a sleek 1.4 liter tea kettle with 1500 watts of power. It’s $179.95 on Amazon.com. You can find an electric kettle for $25.00, but it doesn’t have these features:
Quick to heat. Heats up water faster than a traditional tea kettle. The 1.4 liter capacity equates to 47 ounces. Our pitcher holds 64 ounces. The water for the the extra 16 ounces heats in two minutes.
Cool to touch. It has a cool-touch exterior.
Automatic shutoff. A welcome safety feature, here’s automatic shutoff when the water has boiled.