Take your tea's tempertaure
Remember when grey became the new black? Well, now tea is the new coffee. Or perhaps it's the new wine. In any case, Canadians are increasingly enjoying all sorts of specialty teas, loving both the delicious flavours and the health benefits. What many folks don’t realise is that the taste - and salutorious effects on one's health - of different teas are best when steeped in water at specific temperatures. So the new cordless variable temperature kettle from Breville is perfect for those who drink lots of different types of tea. There are settings for green, white and black teas, as well as oolong. There’s also a setting for French press coffee. My daughter Emma and I, who are both nutty for tea, are having so much fun with this new machine, which sells for about $150. We sip from a new "find" and say things like "aah, a witty, yet unpretentious little tea!". I've discovered another reason to love this machine - it heats water to almost the exact temp I need when I'm making home-made yogurt using powered milk (see post further down). That saves me a ton of time. More in an upcoming Hot Home Product column.