The electric kettle is the perfect tool if you’re looking for a quick way to heat water or cook food.
Electric kettles can be used for a variety of things, from boiling eggs and heating milk to cooking noodles, rice, or even simmering soup!
Here are 10 things that electric kettles can be used for, plus a few bonus things!
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Be Careful How You Use Your Kettle!
Before we begin the rest of the article, it is important to note that not all kettles can cook food, milk, or other substances but water within them.
Most brands can only handle water and do not have additional heat settings to accommodate other foods or drinks. Make sure that your kettle is able to cook food inside of it or can boil milk. Otherwise, you might burn your food, or damage your kettle.
Also, note that some foods and flavor packets will stain your kettle and leave a weird color on the inside if you aren’t careful.
Finally, always clean your kettle thoroughly after you use it!
1. Can Electric Kettles Boil Milk?
Electric kettles can boil milk – however, most users shouldn’t put milk directly into their electric kettle.
Not all electric kettle models can handle drinks or food that aren’t water.
Because milk can burn or curdle quite quickly, you’ll only want to put it in an electric kettle with a lower heat setting. Putting it in a standard kettle that boils water will burn the milk if you aren’t careful.
So if you use your electric kettle to boil milk, watch it carefully and take it off heat as soon as it’s reached boiling point.
2. Can Electric Kettles Boil Eggs?
If you’re looking for an easy way to boil eggs, try boiling them in your electric kettle.
Just put the eggs in the kettle and fill it with water up to where the eggs are. Let it boil for 10 minutes for soft-boiled eggs or 15 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.
Then, drain the water and put your eggs in cold water or ice water so they don’t overcook.
Make sure to wash your kettle afterward! Otherwise, future cups of tea will taste a little egg-like.
3. Can I Cook Maggi in an Electric Kettle?
Maggi is a brand that makes instant meals, like ramen noodles or curry. Those instant meals only need boiling water to cook, so the electric kettle is an excellent way to cook Maggi at home or in the office.
It’s quick and easy, and the result is the same delicious taste you get from cooking it on the stovetop.
Fill a kettle with water to the 1-cup mark and turn it on. Once the water boils, turn off the heat and mix in the noodles and Maggi seasoning packet.
Toss everything together, then turn the kettle back on for another 4 to 5 minutes or until the noodles are done. If you prefer a soupier noodle dish, add more water.
Once again, ensure your kettle can handle food being directly put into it. Always wash it thoroughly afterward.
Note: if you put seasoning packets into your electric kettle, it will likely stain.
4. Can I Cook Noodles in an Electric Kettle?
Cooking noodles in an electric kettle is convenient and easy, but there are some things you need to know.
The amount of time required to prepare noodles varies with the type of noodle being used. For example, chow mein noodles can take up to five minutes to cook, while egg noodles can take as little as two minutes.
It’s also important not to overcook your noodles. They’ll fall apart and get mushy if cooked too long.
You should never overfill your kettle, either! If you do, the water will spill over onto your countertop and make a mess.
Ensure enough water for all the noodles, so they don’t clump together.
5. Can I Cook Pancit Canton in an Electric Kettle?
You only need an electric kettle if you want to make some quick and easy pancit canton.
To cook pancit canton in an electric kettle:
- Fill it up to the 2-cup mark with water and switch it on.
- Put the noodles in the pot once the water starts to boil.
- Turn the kettle back on for another 3-4 minutes or until the noodles are done.
- Once the pancit canton noodles are done cooking, drain them and toss them with the seasonings.
6. Can We Cook Chicken in an Electric Kettle?
You can cook chicken in an electric kettle.
However, you must ensure you can use your electric kettle for longer periods without overheating.
Boiling the chicken in the electric kettle is the most effective cooking method. This method requires a little more time but is still very simple and easy.
It would help if you had water and some spices, which you can find at any grocery store.
Place the chicken pieces in the water, add spices, and set the temperature high. Let the chicken boil for about 25 minutes or until done, checking periodically throughout until you are satisfied with the results.
7. Can I Cook Dal in an Electric Kettle?
You can also cook dal in an electric kettle. It’s one of the easiest ways to prepare it.
Just follow these steps:
- Put the water needed for your recipe into your electric kettle and turn it on high heat until the water boils for about five minutes.
- Add your dal and other ingredients like onion and garlic and stir thoroughly until they’re heated for about five minutes.
- Add salt and pepper, if desired, before serving.
8. Can Electric Kettle Cook Rice?
Electric kettles are a great way to boil water quickly for things like tea or instant coffee, but you can also use them to make rice.
- Add one cup of rice and 2 cups of water to the kettle.
- Put the lid on and turn your kettle on high heat.
- Once the water is boiling, turn the heat low and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- When you’re done, fluff your rice with a fork and serve!
9. Can You Cook Instant Noodles in an Electric Kettle?
You can cook instant noodles in an electric kettle, and it’s very convenient.
First, fill the kettle with water and turn it on. Ensure you’re using filtered or bottled water, not tap water.
This is because most electric kettles have a heating element on the bottom of the pot and will heat any minerals in the water.
If you don’t have filtered or bottled water available, run some tap water through a coffee filter or paper towel before adding it to your pot.
Next, add your noodles and cook them according to the package instructions. For example, if your package says, “add two cups of water,” then add two cups of boiling water to your pot and keep stirring until they’re done cooking.
Finally, drain off any excess liquid from your pot and serve.
10. Can You Heat Food in a Kettle?
If the food is water-based, you can heat food in an electric kettle.
In addition, there are a few factors to consider before doing so. First, make sure that your electric kettle’s material is non-reactive to food and that it won’t potentially cause it to spoil or get discolored.
Keep an eye on the temperature of the food as it heats up in the kettle. Ensure the water in the kettle doesn’t evaporate while waiting for the meal to heat up.
If necessary, add extra water.
Finally, you’ll want to ensure there are no residual cleaners or oils left over from previous uses that could potentially contaminate your food when heating it.
Other Ways to Use Your Electric Kettle:
Clean Out Your Drains and Pipes
Even if you keep the cleanest of homes, there is one thing that we often forget. This is our sink drains and pipes.
Food and other liquids can settle into these pipes and rot, causing your home to fill up with a weird smell. This is especially true if your sink has a garbage disposal.
This is where a great electric kettle comes in handy. The best way to clean out bugs and old food that may be settling into your drain is to flush it out with super hot water.
Instead of running to your stove to boil pots and pots of water, grab your electric kettle instead.
An electric kettle heats up water far faster than your stovetop, which means you can quickly clean out your drains since it will take several pours to get the water moving.
Turn on your electric kettle to the highest heat and start pouring kettle by kettle down your kitchen sink drains. This will not only flush out old food and chemicals naturally but also kill off bugs and eggs that have yet to hatch.
Keep doing this until the smell is gone, leaving you with perfectly flushed-out pipes.
Sanitize Baby Items
You can use high heat or steam to properly sanitize your baby items.
The temperature is the most important part because it has to be hot enough to kill bacteria. Instead of buying a sanitizing machine for your kitchen, reach for your electric kettle.
The best temperature for sanitizing baby items without damaging them is 120 degrees.
Plug in your electric kettle and set the temperature to 120. Once the water starts to bubble, place your baby bottles, silverware, and pacifiers right into the kettle and let it sit for 30 mins.
Once the water cools, carefully remove them from the kettle and lay them on a clean towel to dry. It is important to allow the items to air dry so that you are not exposing them to any more germs or bacteria.
Once they are dry, you have perfectly sanitized and clean bay items without adding extra clutter to your countertops.
Properly Clean Beauty Sponges
While a beauty sponge can perfectly apply makeup to any skin type, it can be painful to clean.
However, you must clean them properly between each use. This is because a beauty sponge is porous and can trap bacteria and germs, which can make your skin break out or even cause an infection.
There are plenty of ways to clean a beauty sponge, but my favorite way is to use an electric kettle.
Note: if you use an electric kettle to clean beauty sponges, refrain from using that kettle to make food or drinks later. Makeup and chemicals in the sponges might make you sick – so wash your kettle thoroughly or buy a kettle specifically for this hack.
Hot water can kill bacteria living inside your beauty sponge while also working to remove staining from your sponge. While you can wash your beauty blender to kill germs, getting rid of those foundation stains is hard.
Start by turning on your electric kettle to around 160 degrees. While waiting for the water to heat up, add a few drops of lemon essential oil and a little bit of baby shampoo to the kettle.
This will allow the ingredients to mix properly while you wait for the water to heat up.
Once it starts boiling, throw all your beauty sponges into the kettle and set a 15-minute timer. The hot water will sanitize the sponges while the soap and oil help to remove stains.
Once they are done cleaning, leave them to air dry. Once dry, you can rehydrate the sponge and use it right away.
Finding unique uses for everyday appliances is a great way to not only save space but also save money.
When it comes to finding several uses, for one thing, an electric kettle is one of my favorite multi-use tools.
So, whether you are trying perfect make a hard-boiled egg or want to give your sink drains a deep clean, using an electric kettle is the best way to go.