Everybody wants to enjoy their food when they get home from a long day. Most try to eat healthier by cooking at home instead of going out for a meal. While most people will focus on the ingredients being used, they won’t necessarily focus on how water influences the way their food tastes.
Hard water is full of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. They can have a negative impact on the flavour of your food when cooked or baked. Not only will the food taste different, hard water could even impact the colour of the food as well.
How Hard Water Affects Baking
Whether you are baking sweet or savoury goods, it is an art to make sure your creation looks good when you pull it out of the oven. What you may not realise is that the hard water you use could impact the ingredients you bought.
All of the dissolved minerals in hard water change the structure of gluten and can impact the performance of yeast. Some houses have water that is harder than others. It can make your dough seem rubbery or tough, perhaps even causing it not to rise as much when using self-rising flour.
The minerals in hard water make it harder for flour to absorb water when baking in the oven. It can even slow down the fermentation process of yeast. Something else to consider when using water is the pH level. A lot of experts will suggest using water that is slightly acidic for baking, but hard water is more alkaline due to the higher pH level. Water with a pH level of below 7 will help yeast to perform at its best.
How Hard Water Affects Cooking
It isn’t just baking that hard water affects. It can also change the way you cook by changing the appearance and texture of food. Most people will use water to boil vegetables but using hard water can cause them to become tough and lose their vibrant colour.
Using hard water to cook can also increase the cooking time for things such as beans. It takes longer to boil hard water due to the fact that the boiling point of the water is increased. This can be a hindrance when you want to cook something quickly but have to wait for the water to get to boiling point.
The hard water that is supplied by a tap has chlorine added to it to make it safe to drink. However, this can cause vegetables to become dull when cooked or steamed in hard water due to the ‘bleaching’ effect.
Not everyone likes the flavour of hard water, so you must keep in mind that the flavour can transfer to the food you are cooking in it, such as pasta, rice, noodles and beans. We can imagine that will definitely spoil your dinner for you.
Switching to Soft Water Means Delicious Food
Installing a water softener will give you soft and pure water to use when baking or cooking. This will help to improve the taste of your food as it will be free from minerals that otherwise impact the outcome. None of the ingredients will be altered by magnesium or calcium in the water, leading to the perfect dough when baking and soft rice. Now your dish can turn out exactly as you planned!
Soft water makes it easier for you to cook vegetables, which makes it easier for people to eat them as well. If you want the best texture and for the vegetables to retain their vitamin content, you need to be cooking with soft water. Not only will they cook in no time, but they will also taste even better and have great texture.
Another way soft water can help is when it comes to liquids. Whether it is tea and coffee or cooking sauces such as stocks and gravy, there is nothing worse than seeing limescale floating on the surface. However, with soft water there will be no scum. The flavour will be improved due to the lack of minerals and impurities from hard water.
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