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My electric water boiler – an appliance I can’t live without

Practically every Asian family I know owns an electric water boiler, and for good reason — they boil up to five liters of water significantly faster than a pot on a stovetop, excellent for brewing large quantities of tea. I always feel warm and happy when I’m at my parents’ house hearing the pleasant whir of the electric boiler’s motor as it draws up a steaming mugful of hot water. We received our very own as a wedding gift a few years ago, and seriously, I felt as if I had finally arrived. The model we have (pictured at left) is the Zojirushi Panorama Window Micom Electric Dispensing Pot; we just call it “the water boiler.”

The best thing about it is that after the initial boil, you can hold the water at one of three different temperature settings, perfect for a tea aficionado like me: 208 degrees F for black tea, 195 for oolong, and 175 for green tea. This thing is made for tea, but I’ve also been known to bring the entire contents to a rolling boil, transfer the water to a pot on the stove, and throw in some pasta. It’s really fast and convenient.


  1. Cat wrote:

    *insanely jealous*

    Friday, September 14, 2007 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
  2. jazzovaya machina wrote:

    Every home I visited in Moscow and London also had electric water boilers, too.. It’s an indispensable item for a Russian culture- mainly used for preparing delicious tea… Prior to electric water boilers were invented, the Russians used the traditional water boilers, called Samovar (самовар). My favorite brand for electric water boilers is brAun.. Certainly, it is one of the must-have items for my kitchen!!!

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  3. I looked up samovars and they’re beautiful! Thanks for the information — I learned something new today! :)

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

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