Cast iron teapots were created in ancient China. They were then adopted and further developed by the Japanese into practical as well as decorative items. They symbolise the everlasting strengths and unity of the world. Through special chemical treatments, impurities are removed from the cast iron during the product process. A coating of misty black enamel is then applied to help prevent the development of rust. As water is boiled, trace amounts of iron in the water from the teapot provides an iron supplement. (small teapots should never be used to boil water directly)
Instructions for use of your cast iron teapot:
Before using boil a pot of water and rinse teapot to prepare it for first use.
After each use, make sure that the entire pot is clean and dry to prevent the development of rust. We recommend that tea should not be kept in the pot overnight.
In the unlikely event of rust, the pot can still be used. After cleaning the rusted area with a soft brush, boil used tea bags or tea leaves. The tannic acid from the tea will react with the iron, producing a seal covering the rusted area. This will also prevent the reoccurrence of rust.
Store in a cool dry place. It can also be put on display to evoke moods of ancient China.