When you use your Japanese Tokoname teapots at the first time, how to do? Please refer the following method.
The method is different from Yixing Teapot of China. This is custom of Japan.
Bizen Teapots can also follow this way.
Before the first use, soak the teapot in water with temperature 60-80℃ about 30-60min.Explained by Tokoname Teapot Potters
Please remember that ;
Do not put any tea leaves in the water.
Do not boil the water.
Handle the teapot gently.
Effect of soaking:
Tokoname potters explains that in this way, grains of clay (tiny piece of clay) in the pore space of material of the teapot body will be cleaned away, and at the same time, it is not easy to get staining on the body.
No soap, no detergent.
Use only water to wash and clean it.
(Actually no need to use detergent after brewing tea)
Dry your teapot completely.
Do not put lid on until it is completely dry.
It is said that in general, pottery don’t like sudden big temperature change. It can cause break/crack.
(e.g. in case body of teapot is very cold and then put in 100 degree water in the teapot)
(e.g. in case body of teapot is very hot and then put the teapot into very cold water)
Hope you enjoy tea time with Japanese Teapot!