Does Hard Water Ruin a Home-Cooked Meal?

Do you appreciate the taste and quality of a home-cooked meal? Odds are you answered yes to this question. However, did you also know you could be inadvertently flavoring your meals with deposits, chemicals, and more all because of your water?

Today, more than 80% of all homes in the United States have hard water. Hard water is water that is not pure, but rather contains minerals like calcium and magnesium, amongst others. These deposits can have a profound impact on your cooking. On this blog, we explore how hard water affects your meals and how you can reduce its impact.

Baking with Hard Water

Everyone appreciates a delicious cake, a moist brownie, a soft cookie, or any number of other baked treats. However, baking with hard water in your dough may be holding you back from attaining that perfect delicious delicacy. Minerals in hard water can negatively impact the effectiveness of activated ingredients, such as yeast, and potentially make your dough hard and rubbery.

Cooking with Hard Water

Using hard water to boil or steam things like vegetables can cause them to become tough and start losing their color and flavor. It can also have an impact on your energy bills; hard water takes longer to boil, which means it takes more energy. This is because the deposits in hard water actually raise the boiling point of water. As a result, foods like beans take longer to cook, which consumes more energy.

There is another element that could be found in your water as well: chlorine. This chemical is frequently added to city water supplies to make the water safe to drink (it’s added in such small amounts that it’s harmless to consume). However, this substance can have a “bleaching” effect on foods, resulting in their losing their color as well as their ability to retain and absorb flavor.

Eliminating Hard Water

If you have hard water in your home, eliminating it entirely can be a monumental task and huge expense. However, since hard water is just fine for many applications, this option isn’t necessarily ideal for most people. Instead, a reverse osmosis filter installed underneath the kitchen sink can provide your home with clean, filtered, and deposit-free drinking water. While one of the biggest benefits to this system is access to filtered and pure water, the cost is also a big upside, as they are affordable on most budgets.

Have questions about installing a reverse osmosis filtration system in your home? The Allentown plumbers at Curtis Total Service can help! Since opening our doors in 1988, our highly-trained technicians have provided residents with friendly, reputable, and reasonably-priced services, including installation of reverse osmosis filtration systems. We can help you find the filtration option that meets your needs at a price that fits your budget.

Call Curtis Total Service today at (610) 709-6565 and schedule a free estimate for your home!