As any good chef will tell you, it’s critical to know exactly what you’re putting into your recipe. Yet oftentimes, there are a few unknown ingredients that might slip past your watchful eye. Even if you pay extreme attention to the brand of ingredients you buy, cooking times, amounts, and everything else in between, there is one variable at play that you might be missing altogether: your water. If you’re using water from your tap you are likely adding trace amounts of minerals and other undesirables right into your food. Have you ever opened up your dishwasher, only to smell a slight egg-like aroma coming from the recently washed dishes? No, it’s not the detergent you used and it’s probably not something stuck in the dishwasher. It’s from the water itself. Do you really want to be adding that to your holiday meals? Of course not. That’s exactly why you want to begin cooking with filtered water.
In fact, here are several of the top benefits of cooking with filtered water and why it is better to cook with filter water instead of tap water.
Top benefits of cooking with filtered water
Does your water smell funky? Is there a strange aroma coming from your clean dishes or from the sink? If there is that rotten egg smell it is likely because there is an abundance in hydrogen sulfide within the water and the plumbing. This leaves the lingering sulfur smell, which just happens to share similarities to rotten eggs. The water itself may not alter the taste of your food, but it can infiltrate the smell of the food. And when the food smells off, it will put a major damper on how much you enjoy the food.
Even if you boil the water and rid it of the rotten egg smell if you washed your dishes the aroma may have clung to the dishes and as such you’ll get a waft of that sulfur with every spoonful of food. Sure, you can stop washing dishes and go the way of paper plates, but that’s a major hassle, it costs money, and it greatly adds to the amount of waste you throw in the garbage after every meal. By cooking with filtered water (and by washing your dishes with filtered water), you’ll avoid the smell issue, which improves your ability to enjoy your meal.
Do you enjoy baking? Perhaps you’re a fan of the smell of fresh-baked bread, or you have always enjoyed getting your hands into the dough and whipping up something special. Well, the quality of water you use in the process will play a role in the quality of your finished product. When baking (especially with anything you’re using yeast in) you want to use either soft or filtered water. Hard water already has minerals like calcium in it. These minerals make it difficult for the bread to fully absorb the water. This can reduce the rising of the dough and not give you the airy, fluffy finished product you’re hoping for.
When you cook with starches you likely use some kind of water. This includes cooking with potatoes, pasta, rice, and a number of other ingredients. When adding the starches to water these foods will pull in the water before becoming tender. This means whatever is in the water will eventually affect the food. Some chefs put a dab of salt or other spices into the water in order to help infuse the starches with the salt. The problem is the minerals and sulfur found in the un-filtered water will also absorb into the starch. You can avoid all of this by simply cooking with filtered water. It will result in better tasting food, no matter the kind of starch you are using.
Takes Longer (Costs More)
Hard water takes longer to boil than filtered water. With all the extra minerals and elements within the water it there is more than pure water to boil, which extends the length of time it takes for the water to reach boiling. This means not only does your cooking take longer but it also costs more as well. Because the longer you have your stove top on “High” to reach boiling the more money you’re spending.
Clean Fruits and Veggies
Do you use water to clean produce prior to cooking (if not, you should)? Well, while the water can help clean off dirt and some of the gunk that collected on it while sitting at the grocery store if you’re washing with hard water you may be adding minerals and other undesirable materials to your fruits and veggies. The point of washing your food ahead of time is to remove the undesirable materials, not add them. That is why the best way to clean your food is, to begin with fresh, pure water. And that’s exactly what you get when cooking with filtered water.
Begin Filtering Your Water Today
The water running through your tap is technically safe to drink. Technically. But it doesn’t mean it is of the highest quality. Trace amounts of minerals and other undesirable elements can make it through the city’s water filtration system. Plus, did you know the water that was once in someone’s toilet ends up in the city’s filtration plant and is then passed through to your tap? With that in mind, the idea of “trace amounts” probably isn’t all that settling. And even if the city’s filtration system is second to none, the water still must flow through miles of underground plumbing before it reaches your home. This is plumbing that likely hasn’t been changed or upgraded in decades. There’s a very good chance the plumbing leading to your home is older than the home itself.
All of this reduces the quality of your water. It’s why you need to begin filtering your drinking water today. Not only does it improve the quality of water you drink and the refreshing feeling you experience while taking a shower, but it also improves the taste of your food. So, if you’re ready to improve the overall quality of water coming into your home, now is the time to upgrade your home’s water supply with a filtered water system.