Put the Kettle On: Keeping Warm from the Inside Out

Put the Kettle On: Keeping Warm from the Inside Out

Tess Wilson
Dec 8, 2011

A few days each week, I work in a chilly shop. The flowers love the brisk temperature, but I – even with my boots, wool socks, and three sweaters – do not. Thank goodness for the electric kettle that keeps me in hot water all day long: you can only wear so many sweaters, but a mug of tea will warm you up instantly.

Though I mentioned the flower shop, my hot water survival method is really the same where ever I am. At my baking job I rely on the hot-water tower to keep me cozy whenever I stray away from the oven (though I always try to work next to the oven), and at home I have a beat-up but beloved stainless steel teapot. Though the electric kettle and tower are infinitely more high-tech and, I suppose, convenient, regular old kettles do an amazing job of keeping water at a perfectly warm temperature. I just top off my tea pot about every 45 minutes, alternating between tea, tisanes, and plain hot water. All delicious, and the best part is that I'm currently only wearing one wool sweater! I'd love to avoid turning on my heater again this year, wouldn't you?


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