Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle. This item gets used daily. Now I paid a bit more for mine to get a red one. Why? Dorothy likes and wanted a red one. Well, when a woman puts up with all the crap that a full time podcaster and part time farmers wife puts up with and asks for red, by God she is gonna get it from me anyway. By the way since the first time I posted this item, the cost of the red one has dropped to only about 10 bucks difference in price. And I got to admit while red is not really my color it does look good.
In the end though red or silver they function identically and the silver one is only $24.57 with free shipping on prime. What do you do with it? Well clearly you boil water with it but here are my big uses for mine…
- Making mead as seen in this video
- I make 4 boiled eggs with no effort in it at a time (more on that below)
- I make my tea or coffee with my French Press with it every day
- I pre heat water with it for boiling when I am doing a lot of cooking
Okay about those eggs, want perfect eggs hard boiled to this, with any electric kettle by the way. Put 1-4 eggs in the kettle, fill about half way with water, turn the kettle on, most will automatically stop when they boil, this one does. When it shuts off, set a timer for 12 minutes, let it just sit for that long. Pour off the water, rinse with cold water to cool things off and remove your eggs.
Why does this work so well. Okay when you do the same thing with a pot the eggs sit on the bottom and get hotter on the bottom and get hotter than the 212 it takes to boil the water. And electric kettle is efficient, heat comes from all sides evenly heating the water, which is why it boils faster.
Due to this your eggs are heated to the exact 212 range of the water and boil to hard perfectly. Add a tsp of vinegar and they will even peal more easily. Oh, also use eggs about 2 weeks old for boiling if you have fresh from your own yard eggs, they will peal easily compared to super fresh ones as well.
In any event a good Electric Kettle is something I just could not live without in my kitchen, and the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle is the best value to price one I have yet found. Consider that it has 4.5 stars over all with over 1200 reviews and it makes a lot of sense that it is a quality product. In fact over two years I have sold several hundred of these and have never heard a word of complaint from the audience. That says a lot.
My personal kettle is over 3 years old now. I run an average of 3 batches of something a day in it. 3 x 365 x 3 = 3,285 mission this thing has run with my crappy hard water and it is still going strong.
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P.S. – While I have not yet reviewed it, I will soon review this awesome coffee carafe. Teamed with this and the French Press I recommend this kettle makes the best coffee I have ever had. I make up about three batches in the morning and with an initial pour of two cups it all fits in the carafe.
I do this with tea as well. They are still piping hot hours later with no degrading of quality. It has saved a lot of waste because one press makes about 3 big mugs of coffee or tea. That third one was mostly being tossed out because it became tannic and nasty by the time we got to it. So the way I look at it, the carafe pays for itself pretty quickly.