Why Your Standard Electric Kettle is More Useful Than You Might Think

posted by Chris Valentine

Almost everyone owns an electric kettle. Electric kettles are a staple in every kitchen and an absolute necessity for caffeine or tea addicts. Whilst the primary purpose for an electric kettle is to boil water, did you know that this ubiquitous kitchen appliance is capable of doing much more than just heating water? In today’s article, we have a look at some ingenious ways in which you can put your kettle to use for purposes other than brewing a cup of coffee. Read on to find out more!

1.     Satisfy Your Midnight Munchies

Most of us gravitate towards instant meals when the midnight munchies hit. Chances are you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen when you’re looking for some late-night instant gratification. This is where the simple electric kettle can be an incredible help. If you have a pantry stocked with instant or “just add water” meals, the electric kettle is here to save the day. Soup mixes, Instant Ramen and freeze-dried meals can be whipped up instantly when you boil water in just a few minutes with the help of your instant kettle. Say goodbye to waiting for water to boil on the stove at midnight and hello to fuss-free meals that require little to no effort on your part.

2.      Easily Boil Eggs

Did you know that a kettle is an ideal appliance for boiling eggs? Before we get into how you can boil eggs in an instant kettle, it is important to note that this is only possible in kettles that do not have an exposed coil at the bottom. Once you’ve ensured that your kettle is suitable for this purpose, all you have to do is place your egg in the kettle, fill it up with water and let it come to the boil. Most kettles will automatically turn off once the water has come to a boil, so if this is the case, we recommend setting a secondary timer on your kettle. Depending on how you like your eggs cooked, timings will differ. Generally, it takes about 12 minutes for a perfectly hard-boiled egg and around 4 minutes for soft boiled.

3.      Heat Your Milk Up

Instead of relying on pots and pans to heat your milk up, the electric kettle is the perfect quick-fix alternative. All you have to do is empty your kettle of any water that may be in it and add your desired amount of milk in. Allow your kettle to do its thing and ensure that you turn it off just before the milk starts to boil. This is an important step to ensure that your milk doesn’t foam up and overflow out of your kettle. Heated milk is the perfect way to achieve a rich and creamy hot chocolate, so why not try this handy trick out tonight?

4.      Cook Rice In Your Electric Kettle

Cooking rice in a kettle sounds a little crazy, but it is actually a possibility and something that many students or backpackers do on a regular basis. Again, you will have to ensure that your electric kettle doesn’t have an exposed coil at the bottom for this trick to work best. Simply add your pre-soaked rice into the kettle along with some water and allow your kettle to cook your rice for about 15-20 minutes. You can also add seasonings to the water prior to cooking for some added flavour. If your kettle turns off before 20 minutes, remember to switch it on again!

5.       Home Spa Treatments

Last but not least, your electric kettle doesn’t have to be just for the kitchen. If you enjoy steam facials or a warm foot spa, the electric kettle is the ideal appliance for getting your water to the required temperature in under a minute or two. Your water will be at the perfect temperature every single time, ensuring that you never burn your skin. Why not pamper yourself tonight with a relaxing foot scrub to end your day?


And there you have it – 5 different ways in which you can utilise the ever so versatile electric kettle. We hope that this article has inspired you to put your kettle to more use in your everyday life.

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