Ever have a drink with funky-tasting ice cubes? Imagine using that same water to prepare your favorite dishes. When it comes to preparing food, the quality of your water can make all the difference. Poor quality water can introduce competing flavors and/or aromas to whatever you’re making. It can also affect food cooking times and texture. In this month’s Secondwind blog, we discuss how a water softener, combined with a reverse osmosis system, provides you with the best tasting water.
Benefits of Cooking with Soft Water
If you have a well, chances are, your water contains a host of unwanted minerals, including iron and manganese. A water softener will remove these and other hardness-causing minerals, which can improve the quality of your food.
Food Texture and Taste is Improved
Hard water can affect the character and flavor of your food ingredients. For example, water that is too hard can cause your bread, pie, or cookie dough to be stiff. And when it comes to making your favorite vegetables, hard water slows down the cooking process, making them tougher and bland. Conversely, vegetables prepared in soft water will cook more quickly, retain a higher vitamin content, and have a better taste and texture.
Soft water doesn’t have the lime-scale content found in hard water. Thus, your morning coffee (or tea) is going to taste a lot better! And since soft water more readily accepts flavors than hard water, your sauces, stocks, and gravies will be more flavorful.
For the Best Cooking Water, use a Reverse Osmosis System with Your Water Softener
As discussed, a water softening system removes minerals like iron and manganese, improving the taste of your favorite dishes and eliminating the other problems caused by hard water:
- Deposits on shower heads, faucets and fixtures
- Soap scum build-up in sinks, tubs, and showers
- Spotty dishes and glassware
- Weak water pressure
- Soapy film on skin after bathing
- Reduced effectiveness of soaps and detergents
- Dingy laundry
However, a water softening system is NOT a water purification system. During the water softening process, hard minerals are replaced with sodium molecules. You could still have a high level of total dissolved solids, which can impact the taste of your food. For the best cooking water, install a reverse osmosis system, which removes the sodium your water softener adds. Once you remove all the impurities in your water, you’ll be left with nothing but clean, delicious water!
Water Softeners and Reverse Osmosis Systems in NH
A reverse osmosis drinking water system partnered with a water softener will provide the purest, most refreshing water. To find the best water treatment system for your home and budget, contact the Secondwind team.