NO MICROWAVED TEA FOR ME!
THERE was outrage recently when an American woman showed how to make British tea, or “hot tea” as she called it, in a microwave.
It’s a subject that can easily get British people riled. Although everyone has a preference when it comes to making a proper cuppa, the Brits do think they are the champions of tea-making and drinking.
Scientists in China recently found out why water heated in a microwave is just not up to the job. The traditional method using a kettle warms the water from the bottom. The warmed water rises to the top of the kettle, making room for cooler liquid to make contact with the heat. Gradually the temperature of the water becomes the same all the way through.
In a microwave, the heat source is all around and warms up not just the liquid but the container as well, and the liquid at the top becomes much hotter than at the bottom. Scientists think they have a solution to the microwave problem, using a silver-plated lid to help heat the water more evenly. But will it make better tea?!