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From Tea Time Magazine: Teapots by Amy Cates

This week, we’re sharing a nice article on teapots from Tea Time Magazine.

Teapots by Amy Cates

Teapots by Amy Cates

If you don’t subscribe to Tea Time Magazine, we highly recommend it for interesting articles, delicious recipes, inspiration and lots of extras! You can subscribe, give a gift subscription (a great tea gift that keeps on giving) or receive the Tea Time Newsletter at TeaTimeMagazine.com.

Our Tip: If you can afford a subscription to Tea Time Magazine, it is well worth the money as a resource that you’ll continually reference and share. Otherwise, get the Newsletter and check out the website! They’re free and the website has many wonderful resources like slide shows for making Candied Lemon Zest Curls or Sugared Flowers, printable recipe cards and many downloadable recipes.

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Candied Lemon Zest Curls Slideshow, Tea Time Magazine

Sugared Flowers Slideshow, Tea Time Magazine

Bone China Mugs for Tea

Lady Diana Rose Chintz Mug

C.S. Lewis said,

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

He might have liked a mug!

Check out this video for a preview of lovely Staffordshire bone china mugs available at Teapots ‘n More!

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My 4 Cup Teapot is 24 ounces?!?

Summertime Rose 2 Cup Teapot

We have a riddle for you: When is a one cup measure not 8 ounces?

Answer: When it’s measuring the volume of an English teapot!

No, really…it’s true. Okay, you’re not laughing. We have to admit it’s more confusing than funny.

For instance, you buy a 4 cup teapot for your Tea Set for Four. You expect it to be a 32 ounce teapot, 8 ounces times 4 cups. However, when it arrives it appears so small and you discover it is only 24 ounces. What gives?

Well, teapot manufacturers have a quirky measurement for teapots. It does actually make some sense and once you understand it, you’ll always know what to buy.

Summertime Rose 4 cup Teapot

The first thing to know is that manufacturers measure the volume of teapots to the rim. Of course, you won’t fill it that high, but this is quirky measurement #1.

Secondly, the cup measurement used is 6 ounces, not the standard 8 ounces. This is based on 6 ounces of tea per cup. Therefore, a 4 cup teapot will hold 24 ounces which should be enough for four tea cups. Now you see that “cup” refers to tea cups not standard measuring cups.

Remember that we don’t fill our teapots to the rim? Here’s where the measurements fall apart.

Summertime Rose 6 cup Teapot

Imagine you’re having guests for tea. Let’s say three guests. Maybe you fill your teapot with 20 ounces of water, about 2.5 standard cups. You pour for your guests and yourself, filling the tea cups about two-thirds full, 6 ounces.  So you’re pouring about 24 ounces of tea, but the teapot only made 20 ounces.  The teapot is too small!

Tip: We recommend at least a 6 cup teapot when serving four guests. A 6 cup teapot, which is 36 ounces to the rim, will brew about 32 ounces of tea in the real world.

And what about refills? Good question! The tip below is our tried and true solution for a quick second pot. It works as long as you’re using a good quality loose tea which is brewed loose in the teapot. Otherwise, you’ll need to pull the tea bags and start a new pot brewing.

Summertime Rose 8 cup Teapot

Tip: As soon as you’ve poured the first pot, refill with more hot water and pop on a tea cozy. You’ll get another steep out of your leaves and be set for refills by the time your guests are ready.

So, a small mystery is solved. We hope you’re entertained and helped, not royally confused!

Below are the teapot measurements in ounces for easy reference:

2-3 cup Teapot: 12-18 ounces (A Tea for One Teapot)

4 cup Teapot: 24 ounces (Think Tea for Two…or Three)

6 cup Teapot: 36 ounces (Perfect for a Tea Set for Four)

8 cup Teapot: 48 ounces (Hard to find, but good for a Tea Set for Six. Otherwise, we recommend you buy a second teapot.)

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A Little Teapot Talk…

As promised, today we’re talking about teapots. Much has already been written on the subject. In fact, a quick Amazon search turns up books on making teapots, collecting teapots, anthologies of teapots, artful teapots, history of teapots, pricing guides, expert guides, British teapots, Chinese teapots, Japanese teapots and so forth.

Rather than assume we have some new insight to add on this vast subject, you will find below a short collection of our observations on teapots of the European ceramic variety – Asian ceramic teapots we’ll save for another time.

Brown Betty Teapot

Ceramic Teapots: We particularly enjoy ceramic teapots, such as Brown Betty types, for everyday use. These teapots come in a variety of color schemes, decorations and shapes, generally less fancy and more whimsical thereby adding a light note to the day as your daily tea time should. They are relatively inexpensive & hold the heat decently well, even better with a tea cozie. Brown Bettys have the added benefit of being in continuous supply due to their popularity and, therefore, should one break we won’t cry over a broken teapot. Teapot collectors will find a large selection of fanciful shapes in this type of teapot and many miniatures are available as well.

Maryland China Swan Teapot

Porcelain China Teapots: We like these teapots for their versatility and pricing when looking for a nicer teapot on a budget. There is a large variety of shapes and patterns available from numerous manufacturers and countries. Our favorite manufacturers are Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain and Maryland China. There are a large number of highly artistic teapots and, as with ceramic, many unique shapes and miniatures crafted in porcelain. On a side note, we’ve noticed, in a side by side comparison, that the same pattern on porcelain and bone china will have small, but noticeable differences. The colors in the pattern decal will be brighter and the lines more crisp on porcelain while the bone china presents a softer, more muted overall look. Additionally, bone china is generally whiter than porcelain. When putting together a tea set of the same pattern, we recommend that you do not mix porcelain and bone china pieces. However, if you are putting together an eclectic tea set (mismatched patterns), we see no problem.

Heirloom Summertime Rose Bone China Teapot

Bone China Teapots:  Ah…our favorite for elegant tea times! Bone china teapots are available from a number of manufacturers and countries in a variety of patterns and shapes, both traditional and modern. The addition of bone ash makes this china whiter and stronger than porcelain, also providing its name. These teapots are generally thinner walled and more delicate. Consequentially, they don’t hold the heat as well and, for this reason, tea cozies are a good investment. They generally cost more than porcelain or ceramic and the prices vary widely from company to company. We’ve observed that bone china teapots coming from England can command higher prices, but even in this category the prices vary widely. Some English bone china manufacturers outsource the making of the bone china to other countries and finish the product in England. We believe this is the reason for the wide price range from company to company. Our favorite English bone china company is Heirloom Bone China. This company has all their bone china manufactured and decorated in Staffordshire, England, using 50% bone ash for superior quality.

Good care is required with any ceramic/china teapot, but especially bone china. We recommend hand wash only to maintain the finish and any gold decoration as dishwasher action and detergent are too strong. This is a good recommendation for any ceramic teapot as you don’t want a build up of detergent residue in the teapot body or spout. It doesn’t make for tasty tea!

A Final Observation: If you are brewing different types of tea in the same teapot, we recommend teapots that are fully glazed inside. Unglazed teapots can absorb the odor and flavor of the tea brewed. Hence, you wouldn’t want to brew a citrusy Earl Grey or smoky Lapsang Souchong and then a delicate Jasmine Green tea in the same unglazed teapot. The Jasmine tea just wouldn’t taste right. In fact, nothing would taste right after the Lapsang Souchong!

Well, hopefully we’ve entertained you and imparted some useful information. Please share your questions or comments. We love to hear from you!

As always, we invite you to visit Teapots ‘n More and browse our current selection of english bone china teapots, porcelain teapots, tea accessories, tea cups, tea miniatures and bone china tea sets.

Tea Sets for the Next Generation

When I was young and engaged to be married, casual decor was in. You may remember rustic  furniture, earthenware dishes, browns, greens, rust colors and none of the fancy things our mothers had! My mom suggested I register for fine china, crystal glassware & silverware, but that was silly, I thought. When would I ever use all that fancy stuff?!

Fifteen years down the road, I was kicking myself for not listening to her when others would have purchased that beautiful finery just because they loved me. But, I was young and dumb.

Summertime Rose Bone China Tea Set

At 21, we know everything! By 35, hopefully, we’re beginning to discover how smart mom really is.  She knows the need will eventually arise for lovely things.  As our families grow up, we find ourselves in our mother’s place, hosting holidays and celebrating passages of life that make us want to set out the good china, crystal…and we finally understand!

With bone china,  high quality is an investment. Around here, we think Heirloom English Bone China is the finest, but we’ll save that subject for another post. Superior bone china will stand the test of time and, with care,  be available to the next generation.

English Pansy Bone China Tea Set

In the world of fine bone china tea sets, we’ve noticed that certain patterns seem to have a timeless appeal to them. At Teapots ‘n More, we call those lovely designs classics.

You may be comtemplating the purchase of a fine tea set for yourself, a daughter or perhaps a young bride.  We’d like to suggest the following classic patterns for your consideration. We hope you enjoy the happy job of choosing your pattern. Contact us if we can help!

Classic Bone China Tea Set Designs by Heirloom

Classic Bone China Tea Set Designs by Heirloom

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Christmas Gift Ideas from Teapots ‘n More

Teapots ‘n More Christmas 2010.