A perforated, ball-shaped or basketlike container with a hinged opening, most often used to hold loose tea when brewing tea. A tiny chain with a hook at one end is attached to the top of the infuser; the hook slips over the rim of the teapot so the infuser can easily be retrieved after the tea has steeped. The round hinged balls are also called “tea balls.”
How to Use
Loose tea is placed inside the infuser, which is then lowered into a teapot and boiling water is added. The tiny holes in the infuser allow the water to interact with the tea leaves.
How to Buy
Tea infusers come in all shapes and sizes. They are usually made of stainless or chromed steel, although porcelain and silver models are available.