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You can use your 19th-century Staffordshire teapot or any other large old china teapot to brew your modern green tea. Just be sure to first warm the teapot by filling it with hot water. Empty the hot water, then put the tea in the pot, and cover the leaves with boiling water. Too sudden a temperature change can crack the pot.



#2 Using old teapotovereasy1 2011-05-05 12:40
Here's another word of warning for you. My grandmother, a Canadian, always rinsed her teapot with hot water as suggested. While visiting an elderly English relative of my husband's, I offered to make the tea and did as I had been taught. Great Aunt Florrie flew into a rage and all but ordered me out of her house with the words "So you think I'm so dirty you have to wash my teapot afore you drink from it." Moral: if you're going to "scald" (as my grandmother referred to the process) the pot before you make the tea, make sure it's your own pot you're scalding!
#1 Think Twice...TenLizzie 2011-05-04 19:28
You may or may not want to use that antique teapot after all.
Back in those days, ceramic and porcelain glazes contained lead, and if the glaze firing was not at the right temperature, or even if it was, but the glaze just contained a high proportion of lead, you should not use the item.
The hot water and the acidity of the tea can cause the lead to leach out into the beverage.
Lead- test kits can be obtained inexpensively, and should be used on an inconspicuous area of the item. If the test is positive, put the tea set back in the china cabinet to admire as a decorative accessory.

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