Any home cook knows that cooking uses a lot of water, whether you are boiling water for pasta, washing produce for a salad, or making homemade soup. Since water is such an integral part of cooking, it’s best to use high quality, safe water. Let’s take a look at how filtered water can impact your cooking.
Many people use water from their kitchen sink’s faucet to cook, yet wouldn’t drink the same water since it’s not filtered. While boiling water may kill off some bacteria and viruses found in water, any water that is not heated during cooking is still susceptible to harmful bacteria and viruses (such as water used to soak beans, wash produce, or make ice). Cooking with unfiltered water can expose you to the same contaminants found in unfiltered drinking water, such as lead, chlorine and bacteria. Using filtered water in your cooking can ensure your family will not be ingesting these contaminants.
With filtered water, you may especially notice an improved taste in coffee, tea and any food cooked in water, such as rice or pasta. Your ice, whether you make your own or have an icemaker, can also benefit from filtered water.
Some restaurant chefs swear by filtered water and claim it preserves a food’s natural flavor, whereas the chlorine or heavy metals in tap water may alter the flavor of a dish. You may see some recipes even call for filtered water, since the difference in taste can affect the outcome of a recipe.
The least appealing part of cooking is often cleaning up the mess afterward. This may involve soaking dishes in hot water, scrubbing pots and pans, and scraping food off dishes and silverware. During cleaning, your hands are absorbing a lot of water. By using filtered water, you can protect your hands from the drying effects of chlorinated water.
With a Whole House Water Filter, you can enjoy filtered water from every faucet in your home. This means even the water you use to cook will reap the benefits of filtration and lower your ingestion of harmful chemicals, such as chlorine. Keep in mind that the more impurities and contaminants in your local water, the greater a difference you may notice when you use filtered water for cooking.