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Kettle stones?

by Adstadigt » Jul 5th 19 8:25 pm

Not sure where this should go, but I guessed that since the ”teaware” in question is ceramic, it may fit here. Anyway, I recently came across a few stoneware/clay “stones” that are apparently meant to be placed into the kettle to boil with the water. These were basically off cuts from other pieces of teaware and rolled into small stones. They supposedly enhance the taste of the water. Has anyone heard of this practice and can you attest to it?

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Re: Kettle stones?

by TEAMOOD » Jul 11th 19 1:18 am

I aslo see some of my friends putting them in the kettle here in China as They were told that those stones can ionize the water which will make the water taste better.

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Re: Kettle stones?

by Adstadigt » Jul 17th 19 12:08 pm

TEAMOOD wrote: I aslo see some of my friends putting them in the kettle here in China as They were told that those stones can ionize the water which will make the water taste better.
Thanks for the reply. That’s exactly what I had heard. I went ahead and picked several up out of curiosity. Once I get a chance to use them I’ll come back with my findings 😄

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Re: Kettle stones?

by TEAMOOD » Jul 17th 19 2:55 pm

Adstadigt,

You are welcome!Just sharing with people what we know here locally.

What we're sure is that zisha teapot will make tea soup taste better. lol!

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Re: Kettle stones?

by himitsu~ » Jul 17th 19 4:45 pm

i've also see natural stones and pebbles used the same way. and charcoal (often made from bamboo).

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Re: Kettle stones?

by TEAMOOD » Jul 17th 19 11:56 pm

In Guangdong Province of China, natural stones and pebbles are also used to steam the fish caught in the mountain area by local restaurants.Fish gets cleaned, sliced and placed on the layer of stones/pebbles in a pan/pot. It takes maybe 10minutes to be fully cooked and tatstes amazing.

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Re: Kettle stones?

by Adstadigt » Jul 21st 19 12:21 am

TEAMOOD wrote: In Guangdong Province of China, natural stones and pebbles are also used to steam the fish caught in the mountain area by local restaurants.Fish gets cleaned, sliced and placed on the layer of stones/pebbles in a pan/pot. It takes maybe 10minutes to be fully cooked and tatstes amazing.
Funny you should mention, I’ve used hot rock cooking several times during backpacking trips. I’ve used larger river stones to cook fish and a couple different types of wild game over open flame. It turns out quite well if you can find a stone that’s even in thickness and can keep it suspended over the flame at the correct height.

Tried the clay kettle stones as well, and I have to say I enjoy using them. I placed about 8 inside my kettle and they made a lovely tinkling sound, much like bells as the water boiled. I used the brand of spring water I’m most used to and I think I detect a little bit of additional softness (?) I’m not quite sure what to cal it. It’s subtle and nothing that revolutionized the experience, but I do appreciate it and I would keep using the stones if all I got from them was that satisfying sound 😂