How A Kettle Can Be A Handy Cooking Appliance
It’s probably the appliance that you take for granted the most in your kitchen. As practical and stylish as most peoples kettles tend to be these days, they still sit forlornly on your work surface day after day, churning out countless cups of tea and coffee whilst the fancier appliances grab the headlines. But there is no kitchen staple as ubiquitous and ancient as a kettle. For centuries it’s been aiding cooks all around the world, and it may well be more useful than you think.
Known to us nowadays in the form of a power chord and some sort of bucket to plug it into, the kettle has changed a lot. A long time ago it would simply have been a pot over the fire. That perhaps puts into perspective what it does. Ever had a broken oven and no microwave, or arrived in a remote place where neither was on hand? I’ll bet you got down to some pretty rudimentary dinner preparations, did you not? I’ll bet your old friend the kettle was a real good pal around about then.
No doubt someone was dispatched to the shops to come back with whatever they could lay their hands that only needed boiling water to make it edible. A hot meal is always a valuable commodity, even if it comes in the form of super noodles, pasta from a packet, rehydrated risotto or the ever reliable cup of soup. In fact, pay a little more attention next time you’re shopping and you might find that some of those delicacies have gone pretty gourmet these days. Quick lunch, anyone?
I’m sure I’m not the only one had their boiler blow and relocated their kettle to the bathroom for one very slow but surprisingly satisfying bath by installments. It makes you think what else our bubbling friend can do for us? Are you still one to throw cold water on to heat on the stove or add it straight from the tap into your soups and stews? It’s an urban myth that water boiled in the kettle tastes worse and mars the overall flavour. You’ll only be boiling it in the pot anyway. Save yourself some time. Not to mention the money on your gas bills, as a kettle clocks in far more economically.
Over the top
Finally, there is a school of thought, patronised mostly by students, the unemployed, unemployable and other people whose dressing gown is their favourite outfit, that the kettle is the catch-all holy grail of creative cuisine. I’ll leave it mostly to your imaginations, but, apparently, with the aid of the plastic netting salvaged from supermarket oranges, you can achieve excellent results on ingredients as far flung as boiled eggs, hot dogs, pasta or even rice. Keep that in mind next time you stick on a cuppa. Deep down inside your kettle aspires to so much more.
Does your kettle get daily use or does it tend to collect dust?