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The Boiling Question

This week I stumbled on some research published in China on Jiaogulan. I almost overlooked it because the title was a bit misleading. The article title is “Determination of Rare Earth Elements and Active Substances in Wild Gynostemma pentaphyllum of Yongzhou and Their Releasing Law in Boiling Water”    I thought at first glance this was a study of rare earth elements in jiaogulan. While that interests me, the presence of rare earth elements in jiaogulan is very dependent on the area it is grown...

The 'Eyes' Have It.

A customer asked me recently for advice about how to make sure your water is at the right temperature. Honestly, these days an electric tea kettle with an accurate thermometer is inexpensive and easy to find. That’s what I use. Alternately just use any kitchen thermometer, the same instant-temp thermometer you may have for checking meat temperature will work fine or a candy thermometer But when all else fails, the Chinese tea classics tell us the proper way to judge water temperature by eye.  The Record...