Every Japanese Kitchen: the Electric Kettle
Living in Japan means having an electric kettle
People in Japan love tea, coffee and soup throughout the day so it's vital to have hot water on hand at any moment. Go for the electric kettle. Keep it full and it won't let you down.
Family, bachelor, college student--everyone in Japan needs an electric kettle. Every Japanese kitchen has one. They keep the people happy with coffee all morning, tea after meals and instant ramen when they're in a hurry.
I've lived in Japan for quite a while and I've never seen a home without one. When I first moved to Japan, my first housewarming gift was an electric kettle. I use it all the time. I fill it with water in the morning. In minutes it's hot and it stays hot all day.
I know what you're thinking. You don't live in Japan and don't plan on moving. You're happy right where you are. You're probably asking: Who cares? What's the big deal? Keep reading and find out!
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Do you have an electric kettle?
Your electric kettle
I've probably seen electric kettles back home but never noticed. Why bother? Growing up I wasn't into tea. To this day, I'm not a big fan of coffee. When I was young, I loved soda and soda doesn't need hot water.
Then, when I started drinking tea I noticed something: it's a pain in the butt to fill a normal kettle with water, wait for the water to boil then come up short when someone else suddenly wants tea--after they said "no" when I asked them a couple minutes ago! What's up with that? How about a little courtesy?
Ahem. On the other hand, any water left over sits and cools then gets tossed out a few hours later. It seems like a waste of energy. There has to be a better way. I didn't find out until I came to Japan.
Electric kettles come in several sizes. Here is a great example of a medium sized one. It's great for couples and small families or people who aren't home all that much.
Want something bigger?
Larger families, restaurants and hikikomori's will want a larger kettle. It holds more water and often heats it just as fast. If you don't think you need a large electric kettle then you probably don't. Stick to the smaller one. One or one and a half liter is still a good size.
Something for the office - This is awesome
This blows the mind. In every office there are the coffee drinkers, the tea drinkers and the "I brought my own" crowd. This takes care of everyone--except for those who brought their own, they take care of themselves.
The size will keep people happy all morning. Those who don't like the tea that's brewing can reach for the hot water kettle and make their own.
Clean your electric kettle! - It's too easy
If you already have an electric kettle you'll have to clean it now and then. Here's how.