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Kettle Facials and Tea Alternatives

January 9, 2014

I’ve been getting free steam facials for the last few months, but I didn’t want them. Why? Because they came from my kettle, which is neither the most effective, nor the safest of beauty therapists. After supplying what must be 1000s of warming brews, the kettle has been throwing up its lid in despair everytime it reaches boiling point. Not great when you are a “watched-pot” rule flouter.

A new kettle was needed and fast. I do not function well without a hot something to hand.

In a fortunate turn of events, just as I was about to give in and buy and new kettle Argos got in touch just to ask if I would like to review a kitchen electrical product. Faster than a kettle on Rapid Boil, I replied to say that I would love a kettle from their Russell Hobbs range. One day later a Russell Hobbs Oxford Brushed Silver kettle  (£29.99 which is 25% off) joined electrical corner (below) and I am now happily making tea in just 45 seconds (yes!).  While the boil speed is a good thing, it does mean that I have the potential to drink even MORE tea and coffee. I’ve decided that this means I need to try some easy tea alternatives, which you’ll find just a bit further on.

kettle blender kitchen aide kitchen

Electrical Corner

Back to the kettle: I like the fact that it doesn’t have a flip top lid – less to break and no danger of unsolicited facials. I was slightly concerned when the it arrived that there was no window in the side to see how full it was, but there are markers on the inside and I’ve found that I actually over-fill less as I have to look harder. It also means there’s no break in the outside wall, so it’s sleeker and there’s less places for limescale to collect. I think I’m won over.

Now, those tea replacements.  I am not a fruit tea fan – they always smell better than they taste. Hot squash is the way forward. Here’s a couple of ways to make it more interesting:

Tea for two? No, just me

Spiced Blackcurrant:

Hot blackcurrant squash + put a few cloves inside a tea-ball and leave to steep for a minute. It’s almost mulled wine.

Citrus and Ginger:

Hot orange squash + add some fresh grated ginger (or a squeeze of the fresh but instant type you can see below) and a squirt of lemon juice to

Honey and Lemon:

Old favourite – lemon juice, hot water and honey.

Disclosure: This post is written in association with Argos, but the content and opinions are my own.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2014 8:43 pm

    I know what you mean about fruit teas, but I have actually found some good ones thanks to a lot of taste testing. Teapigs in particular make tea that actually tastes like stuff, if you fancy branching out from squash. Glad Argos saved you from your kettle facials! xxx

  2. January 9, 2014 9:06 pm

    I second the hot squash – it’s divine, and when you add a few ‘erbs and spices even more delicious!

  3. January 10, 2014 7:07 pm

    Looks like a smart kettle – would look good in my kitchen. I can’t think why I haven’t thought of hot squash as a replacement for the too many cups of coffee I drink in a day.

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