Cooking With Filtered Water
Learn what effect your water quality can have on your cooking and baking.
Why Should You Cook With Filtered Water?
The benefits of consuming safe, contaminant-free drinking water are obvious and a high priority for many, but what about the water you use for baking and cooking? The importance of contaminant-free water used in culinary arts may be less clear. Many of the same reasons for drinking filtered water also apply to the water used for cooking and baking, but there are additional benefits as well.
Reduce Exposure to unnecessary contaminants
The source of your water, your area’s geography, the water’s distribution system, the age of your home’s water pipes, and if and how your water is treated all factor into your home’s water quality. If your water contains calcium and magnesium hardness minerals, you have hard water and will need a water softener to prevent damage to fixtures, water-using appliances, clothing, and other things your water encounters. If you have municipally-supplied water and they use chlorine to purify the water, you might experience an unpleasant taste and smell. If you have well water with iron, your water may look orange and leave rusty-colored stains in sinks, tubs and on clothing. Many see how their water affects their home, but they don’t think about how the water also affects the quality of the water used for drinking and cooking. Learn More about the contaminants that might affect your drinking water.
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Better Cooking and Baking
Cooking is an art composed of textures, flavors, colors, and more. Every component in a recipe can affect the outcome. If water is added and it contains contaminants, it can affect the food’s taste, consistency, texture and appearance. Colors, tastes, and odors from contaminants in water can alter the true flavor of the ingredients. Image what ‘rusty’ water, metallic-tasting water, or rotten egg-smelling water will do when used as an ingredient. Just as hard water or water with contaminants will affect the taste and appearance of coffee or tea, the water used in recipes will affect your cooking results.
Baking is an art as well, but it is also a science. Baking requires precise measurements and quality ingredients to get the expected outcome consistently. Water in baking recipes bonds the ingredients together on a molecular level, forms gluten to create textures, distributes salt and sweeteners throughout the batter or dough, and activates yeast. The dissolved minerals that make water hard can also impact the way water reacts and interacts with the molecular bonds. Some minerals affect the way gluten structures are formed in your bread, possibly making a dough that is tough and rubbery. Contaminants can also affect the water’s pH making it either too acidic or too basic which will hinder the performance of the yeast or other leavening agents in the recipe. Since water is an added ingredient in many recipes, it is important to use quality water to get the most out of the other ingredients, to get the expected results from your techniques, and that the time spent baking produces the best outcome.
Solutions For Your Home’s Water
If you are experiencing troubles with your water or seeing signs of hard water or different contaminants in water, get your water tested. Once you know more about your water’s quality, its hardness level and what contaminants, if any, are in your water, you will be on the right path to discovering the water treatment system that is right for your home.
One solution to make your drinking, cooking, and baking water the best it can be is a point-of-use reverse osmosis drinking water system, like the Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station®. A reverse osmosis system uses water pressure to push the water through a semi-permeable membrane. The water molecules pass through the membrane but contaminants in the water are left behind and flushed to drain. With a K5 Drinking Water Station, you can be confident you are significantly reducing contaminants that could be in your water and that you will have an unlimited supply of pure, filtered water for drinking and for all your recipes.
If you are dealing with hard water, install a water softener to soften the water before it is further refined with a reverse osmosis system. A water softener uses an ion exchange process that replaces hard calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions, making the water soft. A water softener will soften all the water in your home, but many also elect to install an additional water treatment system, like the K5 Drinking Water Station, to produce high quality water for specific uses like for cooking, baking, and drinking.
See the difference high quality water can make in your amazing recipes. Schedule a Free Water Test with your local Kinetico Dealer, and take the first step to quality water.