Seldom Seen ... a BASKET FIRED - Chinese 19th C
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Directory: Antiques: Instruments and Implements: Culinary: Pre 1900: item # 1228397
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4th of July Antiques
Santa Clara Valley
This is the first Basket Fired box we have come across in 45 years collecting
22.5 inches in HEIGHT
18 inches in DEPTH
17 inches in WIDTH
It was necessary to GOOGLE : "BASKET FIRED"
Here is a brief description of a basket fired.
China Artisan Style Basket-Fired Green Tea
To begin the processing of basket fired green tea, a small amount of fresh
leaf (about 2 lbs.) is placed in an upright bamboo or reed basket, usually
made of two pieces, resembling an hour glass. The upper part of the basket that is
heated usually deteriorates after two or so days and is replaced.
The tea leaf firing basket is between two to four feet tall, with the top
portion looking like an over size cone-shaped hat with a wide brim. After
the initial drying the leaf is placed in the top part and the entire basket is
placed over the heat source, usually a small brazier or charcoal embers.
The heat needs to be low enough not to burn the bamboo basket.
The basket is placed over the heat for about a minute before being removed,
placed off to the side while the tea master "fluffs" the tea by gently tapping
the basket causing the tea to jump about and be tossed.
The basket is then placed over the heat for another minute, then removed
and fluffed. This process of heating and fluffing is repeated for about
15 to 20 minutes.
Once the proper amount of moisture has been removed from the leaf, it is
taken from the basket and piled on bamboo mats on the floor. Here the
tea will rest and air dry and be added to other similarly processed leaf,
ready for the final firing and sorting.
One popular tea made with basket firing is Bi Lo Chun or Green Snail
Spring, a famous green tea from China's Jiangsu Province.