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How to Use A Cast Iron Japanese Teapot

Japanese Teapot

Recently, I purchased a Cast Iron Japanese Teapot (Tetsubin) from the local Japanese Market. These are the heavy duty teapots that help keep the tea warm for a longer period of time.

It’s important not to confuse a Cast Iron Teapot with a Cast Iron Kettle. The latter can be used over a stove to boil the water, while the former is used to steep the tea and to serve it.

Note: The inside of the teapot is cast with an enamel coating which helps prevent rust. This type of teapot is used as a serving teapot, and can not be used on a stove.

When using a Cast Iron Teapot, it’s very important to follow a few guidelines to ensure its usage for many years to come.

Using a Cast Iron Teapot

Before using for the first time:

  • Rinse the teapot with hot water.
  • Then dry it inside and out with a paper towel or dry cloth.

How To Use:

  • Boil water in a kettle.
  • Place the loose tea leaves or teabag in the mesh infuser.
  • Pour the hot water into the teapot.
  • Let the tea steep for a couple of minutes.
  • Pour and enjoy!


  • Do not heat over a stove or open flame.
  • If using a hotplate, keep at a low temperature.
  • Do not use in a microwave oven.
  • Use hot water only when cleaning the teapot.
  • Do not leave tea or water in the teapot.
  • Dry thoroughly after usage.
  • Avoid contact with salt or oil.
  • Do not suddenly cool the teapot when still warm.
  • Avoid scratching the inside glazed finish.


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