Teapot History: Debuting Our Favorite Brown Betty

How do you serve your tea? Do you simply brew a cup? Or do you serve from a teapot? Whether it is for two people or six, teapots have been around for centuries. Teapots come in many forms, sizes, and are made in several materials like ceramic, metal, silver, or even glass. The earliest teapots …

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Care and Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 5 Plus Bonus Recipe!

Part of the Brown Betty's charm and claim to fame is that it is made from red clay, or terra cotta, making it a ceramic tea pot. What the heck is terra cotta, though? It translates from the Italian to "baked earth." It is a porous clay that is mostly used for sculptures and flower pots …

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Recipe – Eve’s Pudding

Tomorrow we will publish Julia's bonus recipe for an apple compote but she also wanted to share this variation, called Eve's Pudding. She says, "This is delicious with either custard or cream.  It also works with rhubarb which is just coming into season! Here is one I made with apricots." About 12 ozs fruit (baking apples or …

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Care and Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 4

The Brown Betty, originally a small, unglazed teapot, was created over 300 years ago when the Elder Brothers discovered a red clay in the Stoke-on-Trent area of Staffordshire. This clay allowed for greater heat retention and the rounded shape of the pot encouraged "agony of the leaves," or the free swirl to steep! The famous dark …

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Care And Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 3

In the ceramics world, jolleying is a method of shaping the inside of a plate or pot - the inner shape of the ware is made with a cutting material (metal or rigid plastic), and the clay is placed on the pottery wheel. As the clay spins, the cutters shave and shape the ware. In this …

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Care and Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 2

In the beginning, there was a teapot. It arrived with the familiar sticker on the side and the lid taped to the pot. I had received a few messages asking what to do before you ever enjoy tea in a Brown Betty. Our site explains the clay, from whence the pot hails, and how to …

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Care and Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 1

My 4 cup Brown Betty arrived today. I requested it after receiving questions like, "how do I season this?" "What's the difference between the older Brown Betties and the newer?" Our blog has some information on the humble Brown Betty but is lacking so far. I am reminded of the customer who ordered a simple, …

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Why My Teapot Loves PG Tips

My six-cup “Blue Betty” teapot is in love with PG Tips. So are my tastebuds. And my hubby’s tastebuds. It’s a love affair that has grown warmer over the years. For a tea that’s been on the market since the 1930s, PG Tips has continued to stay one of the favorite teas around. Brooke, Bond …

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