It’s not easy to prepare a meal if you don’t have access to the best ingredients. Many meals have a long list of ingredients, but we often overlook one of the most important, and that’s water. Although water doesn’t have any particular taste, it can have a dramatic effect on your cooking. If you use hard water for cooking your food, it can make your dishes taste bland, dough is less likely to rise, and your cooking times may be longer. Let’s take a more detailed look at how using soft water will improve your cooking results.
Improving the Taste of Familiar Foods
Hard water contains elevated quantities of dissolved mineral content that can taint the taste of the water. Clean and soft water doesn’t have any taste at all; the lack of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and iron, make the water taste neutral. This may not seem like a big deal, but it can have a dramatic effect on how your favorite dishes taste. When the flavors of the food are not masked by the minerals, the true tastes will shine through. Many people install a water softener system at home, and they are surprised at how much better their food tastes.
Easier Vegetable Cooking
When you cook your vegetables in soft water, they are more flavorful, and they are easier to cook. Many people struggle to eat the ideal quantity of vegetables needed each day to stay fit and healthy. We need to eat vegetables because they are high in essential vitamins, and if they are cooked in hard water, this is a problem. Hard water requires longer cooking times; this can affect the texture of the vegetables and a loss of vitamins. Let’s face it; nobody wants to eat tougher and bland tasting vegetables that take a long time to cook. If you want shorter cooking times and vegetables that taste great and packed with nutrition, switch over to using soft water for cooking.
Improving the Flavor of Liquids
The dissolved mineral content of hard water affects the taste of beverages such as coffee and tea. The flavors are not readily accepted by the hot water, and this leads to disappointing results. This is also noticeable when preparing foods or sauces that need plenty of water, such as gravy, sauces, stock, stews, and soups. Using hard water to make foods and sauces will prevent these foods from developing those deeper flavors that you want in your cooking. If you remain unconvinced, make some ice tea using hard water and watch as the liquid cools. You may notice cloudiness as the tea settles and a greasy film on the surface of your beverage. This is caused by the dissolved minerals in your water supply, and when you remove this material, everything simply tastes better.
If you’re not happy with the results of your cooking, it’s time to think about the quality of your water supply. Consult a local WQA certified water treatment specialist and get your water supply tested. Then you can discuss your options, there are many water treatment systems available, and there is no need to struggle with hard water in your home.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.