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Grrr... Product Rant

July 5th, 2006 at 09:37 am

I didn't really want to buy a tea kettle in the first place, but...

I used to be able to get powdered instant tea by Nestea or Lipton, in a glass jar, with no sweetener or lemon flavor. Just plain, dehydrated tea. You even had a choice of regular or decaf. Now all I can find is sweetened, whether with sugar or artificial sweetener.

OK, so I'll make my own iced tea. But I got tired of spilling water or tea every time I tried to pour it from a regular pan. So when I was at Target, I picked up a tea kettle for $9.99. I didn't really want to spend the money, and I don't really have the storage space for it, but it seems like a necessity at this point.

So I go to wash it out and use it, and find the use and care instructions. In large, bold letters it says you can't use it on high heat!!! On either a gas or electric stove!!! How the heck do you get the water to the boiling point on medium heat? I gave up after half an hour.

I've written a one star review on Target's website, and I'm seriously thinking of writing a letter to Copco. I used to think that was a decent brand, and most of Target's stuff is decent quality. This was a total let-down; a completely useless product. I just hope Target will take it back, being I already discarded the box.

At this point, I still don't have an easy way to make myself some plain iced tea. Grrr.

8 Responses to “Grrr... Product Rant”

  1. ima saver Says:

    I use to be a hot tea drinker. What good is a tea kettle that won't boil water??

  2. princessperky Says:

    A tea kettle you can't boil? that is weird...
    I'd be pretty mad too!

  3. chimbleysweep Says:

    That's too bad! Why on earth would someone buy a tea kettle that you couldn't use on high heat?!

    I know it's a little pricey, but an iced tea maker might be right up your alley. DH and I got one when we got married and we love it! It does all the hard work and just goes into a pitcher automatically!

  4. PRICEPLUS Says:

    It almost sounds like a bad joke. You just can't make this stuff up! I would go to get my money back and complain loudly!Smile

  5. Carolina Bound Says:

    I microwave tea. I have a big plastic measuring cup (holds 8 cups) and I just fill it with water, throw in 4 tea bags, nuke it for 5 minutes and then let it steep a while before I put it in a pitcher in the fridge. Works great!

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Are you sure it was a tea kettle you bought and not a teapot? If it was a teapot it would be for putting the hot water in after it was up to temp. If its a tea kettle than that is a downright stupid product to make unuseable at high heat.

    Have you ever made sun tea? You take tea and water and maybe add some lemons or something and put them in a big old jar (maybe two gallons) and screw on the lid and then leave the jar out in the tea for 48 hours or so. I'm sure you can google the exact recipe.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    I meant leave the tea out in the sun for 48 hours, of course. I wish we could edit our comments.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    I make iced tea by just putting the tea bags in a pitcher of water and putting them in the fridge without the boiling. It tastes good and is a lot easier than boiling water. I'm with you -- I prefer unsweetened tea! This way, I not only use regular tea, I add some green tea as well.

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