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Electric Kettles & Stroopwafels

We all have these sorts of things right? Things from your new country that you’ll never be able to live without, even if you move away again. For me, this list starts with stroopwafels, but a new player now rivals the top of my list: an Electric Kettle.

Electric kettles from 1910. Obviously mine is slightly more advanced.

If you’re not American, you’re probably asking yourself what’s the big deal? If you are American, allow me to explain what’s so awesome about this humble piece of kitchen equipment. I need boiled water a lot. I make tea nearly every day for myself and my husband. I cook pasta at least once a week. And I frequently eat soups and ramen noodles for lunch since hot lunch is always superior to cold. With a kettle or pot on the stove, I have to wait a considerable amount of time to warm said water. With the electric kettle, it’s practically ready in an instant. Who knew?

Of course the downside is that the faster access to boiling water is throwing off my cooking rhythm.

I actually decided to bite the bullet because Aldi was selling these nice looking metal kettles for a mere 20 euros. It has a separate base for heating, auto-switch-off, and a metal filter since apparently electric kettles can build up grit over time (or something). Based on some research I’d done over the holidays, these are all features I’d have to pay a lot more for if I purchased it in a regular store. But despite being a shot in the dark, it runs very well, if noisily, and I have really been putting it through its paces with tea every night, pasta dishes, and even hot water for the Chinese glutenous rice balls we had for dessert yesterday. We’ll have to see if it holds up for the long haul.

And I know I’ll never live without one again.

Silly of me? Maybe, but I really love having this tool in my kitchen. And it took moving abroad to a country where people think I’m mad for not having one to actually convince me to give it a try.

Electric kettle image is by IK’s World Trip via Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons-By Attribution License.

6 Responses to “Electric Kettles & Stroopwafels”

  1. Judy says:

    For the longest time, Karel didn’t have one, either. We bought ours about two years ago, and love it. I actually like that it’s so noisy, because then we don’t forget about it.

  2. Invader_Stu says:

    We could not live with out our electric kettle either but that’s mainly because we drink a ridiculous amount of tea.

  3. Amanda says:

    An excellent reason. ;)

  4. Amanda says:

    Ah, so it’s a feature. :)

  5. Dave Hampton says:

    My first Dutch apartment in Arnhem had a ‘boiling water tap’, a third spout at the sink that dispensed pre-cooked water. Scary at times, but nice on cold mornings (for warming hands over, not for making beverages…)

  6. Amanda says:

    I worked some place with a similar tap once. We used it to make tea and hot choco but the water always did have a funny taste.