Electric Kettles?

Discussion in 'Kitchen Appliances, Cookware, Gadgets & Cookbooks' started by morning glory, Jun 6, 2018.

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  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I think I'd be pretty safe in saying that pretty well 99% of UK homes use an electric kettle. Mine is on and off umpteen times a day. Its so much quicker than boiling water on a hob - I use it for boiling water before adding veg to a pan amongst other things as well as making hot drinks.

    However @buckytom mentioned in another thread (see here) that many American homes don't have a kettle of boiling water to hand. Does this mean that Americans don't have electric kettles?

    What type of kettle do you use, if any? What do you use it for? Mine is a simple cordless one and will boil a litre of water in 2 minutes.
     
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  2. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    No kettle here. Water gets boiled in a saucepan or pot. We cover them so they will boil faster, though with 1 of the induction burners, a 6 quart (24 cups) pot of water for pasta will boil in about 4 minutes. The 8 quart pot takes a few minutes longer.

    You have to remember, we in the US don't drink hot tea for the most part and coffee is made in a coffeemaker of some kind by the vast majority of Americans. A few us of use French presses but definitely a minority by far.
     
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  3. Shermie

    Shermie Senior Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    mainstays electric kettle_.jpg

    Here's mine!! :wink:
     
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Here is another theory: http://uk.businessinsider.com/why-americans-dont-use-electric-kettles-stove-top-2015-12

     
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  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    The voltage theory may be the real reason - in France (they drink very little tea) electric kettles are very popular:

    https://www.ouiinfrance.com/things-you-find-in-kitchens-in-france/

    Similarly in Germany - almost everyone has an electric kettle and they don't really drink tea either.
     
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  6. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    We have this one which is only used once or twice in a normal day; initially for my morning coffee.

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    Thais don't use kettles much as they prefer water heaters like this, for example.

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  7. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Isn't that just a kettle in a different shape?
     
  8. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    No. It's a continuous off/on water heater. I believe it only keeps the water hot and never appears to boil (unless you're quick). I've never had a hot cup of coffee out of one yet. The warm water is removed by pressing the pump on the top.
     
  9. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    OK. What is it used for then?
     
  10. buckytom

    buckytom Senior Member

    Tepid foot baths?
     
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  11. Duck59

    Duck59 Über Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Fife, Scotland
    My early mornings in Eritrea were improved considerably after I managed to acquire an electric kettle. Previously, I had to boil a kettle on a tiny stove. Given that I had to be up at five in the morning, I found this an irritating chore just to get my early cup of tea. Fortunately, I managed to acquire an electric kettle from a marine biologist who was returning to the UK. He charged me a tenner for it, which was a bit steep, but probably worth it in the long run.
     
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  12. buckytom

    buckytom Senior Member

    That deal sounds a little fishy...
     
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  13. Duck59

    Duck59 Über Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Fife, Scotland
    He was a shark.
     
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  14. Folk in the US not having a kettle? Maybe it's a geographic thing. My experience, on both east and west coasts of northern US, is that everyone (ok, 99% using OP's terminology) uses a kettle.
    So, possibly in the north folk do, but not in the south?
    I am happy to be corrected by those currently living there.
     
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  15. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    AFAIK (I don't have one) it just sits there connected to the mains and keeps the water at a temperature of between warm and boiling, i.e. it will click in when the temperature reaches a certain level (90 degC?) and click out when it reaches 100 degC ad infinitum. It's used for warm coffee/chocolate/Owaltine, etc.
     

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