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Why would boiling milk in an electric kettle break the kettle?

The electric kettle is (clearly) not designed for this. The main issue is that milk doesn't evaporate, whereas water (obviously) does. The secondary reason is that milk will burn. Milk is a complex ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

Bear in mind that I'm using an electric kettle, rather than a stove-top one. First, the advantage of a kettle is that it is quite efficient, and turns itself off once the water is boiling. This as ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

I think the primary considerations are convenience (how much effort is it to set up and use the system?) and time spent (how long does the system take to heat the water?). A standard electric stove ...
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Cooking pasta in a water boiler

Advantages: You can make pasta in your water boiler. Disadvantages: Hard to clean. Waste of energy, a water boiler is on or off, it will expend full energy keeping the water boiling. Incredibly ...
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Why would boiling milk in an electric kettle break the kettle?

It has been established in other answers that the kettle will likely burn the milk around the heating element. The reason why this might break the kettle is because it would lead to rapid overheating: ...
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Cooking pasta in a water boiler

Advantages: you free up one burner in your stovetop, and one pot Disadvantages: you might damage your equipment in the long term (starch might get in places where it shouldn't, and metallic parts ...
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Why would boiling milk in an electric kettle break the kettle?

Short answers "Is it safe for the electric kettle's integrity and overall functionality to be used to boil non-water liquids such as milk?" It depends from the model and the way in which you do it (...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

Convenience Using an standalone electric kettle device provides for a convenient and safe way to boil water without minding. Because of automatic power-off feature, you know the water will be at ...
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Filling a hot Kettle

Shock cooling anything is never good, strictly speaking, but whether there is serious harm in practice will depend on many factors. Refilling a hot kettle with cold water immediately after emptying ...
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Energy efficiency of microwave and electric kettle for heating water

According to the folks over at treehugger.com, they did a study to measure which of the stove, the microwave or the kettle was the more efficient in terms of use of electricity to heat a standard mug ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

The kettle is more efficient. Nearly 100% of the energy is converted by Joule's law into heat into the water (the kettle is also heated and it makes some noise so it's never 100%, but near). Microwave ...
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Why would boiling milk in an electric kettle break the kettle?

Electric kettles put out as much power as they can into the water, so if you put foods that can burn, theres a good chance they will burn. If you try to boil milk, you'll get a bunch of burnt milk on ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

Where I live, natural gas is far cheaper than electricity. So, using a kettle on the stove is “best” from this point of view. I happen to have solar power, so in the daytime it’s cheaper to use my ...
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Cooking pasta in a water boiler

It depends on the nature of your electric water boiler. I assume you are using a kettle-like device, but I may be wrong. If this is the case, then your pasta will be sitting atop and within the metal ...
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Is water on the outside of an electric kettle dangerous?

I'm an electronic engineer who often was involved in mechanical design of products. Such problems are thought of by engineers during design and manufacture. Any electronic and electrical situation, ...
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Is water on the outside of an electric kettle dangerous?

Kettles often drip a bit when they pour, and that runs down the outside. So a kettle has to be designed for a little water on the outside (though clearly not for a complete soaking). If you have a ...
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Advantages/disadvantages for limescale cleaning methods?

Methods I know about: Vinegar potatoes peels citric acid Coca-Cola baking soda Each of them is actually better for different types of kettles. for glass where lime is quickly visible or where ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

There are a couple reasons why people might heat water on the stove instead of in the microwave - not all of them are strong reasons, but they can influence people nonetheless. One point is, there is ...
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Why would boiling milk in an electric kettle break the kettle?

In addition to burnt milk on the heating element, there's a second mechanism that can destroy the kettle: when the milk boils over, milk (froth) can get into the tube leading to the bimetallic switch (...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

The other answers so far have made it clear that energy efficiency is the main advantage of using an electric kettle. What nobody has mentioned, however, is the fact that most modern kettles have a "...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

An electric kettle is about 80% efficient, for around 1200W of power, and takes around 2 minutes to boil 12oz of water. An electric stove is about 30% efficient. A 1250W burner would take about 5 ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

Automatic Temperature Control This is the main reason I use an electric kettle instead of any of the other options, and has yet to be mentioned in any of the other (admittedly very good) answers. I ...
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Poaching a whole fish: kettle or foil?

A whole salmon of 5 kg is going to be about 75 cm long. Very few, if any fish kettles are going to able to accommodate a fish of that size whole. If you find one big enough, it is likely to cost ...
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Poaching a whole fish: kettle or foil?

There's not really a whole lot of difference here; in either case you're talking about poaching a whole fish, it's just a question of equipment. The fish kettle is a quite specialized piece of ...
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Are there any variable temperature electric kettle which boil water before letting temperature drop to the desired temperature?

There are some appliances that do what you're asking for, but they're not exactly kettles. They have a reservoir of water that gets heated, and then they hold that temperature, and they have a button ...
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Discoloration in tea kettle

Yes that looks like limescale. Are your water mineral rich? Limescale comes in different colors depending on minerals in water. Mostly common, white, greyish or reddish. Iron. Vinegar may leave a ...
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Energy efficiency of microwave and electric kettle for heating water

Have you considered a kettle with an embedded element? I don't think I've seen a 'floating' element kettle in 20 years. Jug kettles [tall & thin] are capable of boiling half a cup of water in ...
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Cooking pasta in a water boiler

Even if you somehow took care of the safety issue that others have mentioned, for example by staying with it the entire time making sure there's always enough water in it, there's a practical issue ...
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Would trying to boil blood that's been treated with an anticoagulant in an electric kettle break the kettle?

The biggest issue I could see is that kettles usually aren't designed to be cleaned easily, and it would certainly need cleaning. I'd expect some protein residue to burn onto the element (which ...
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