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Why You Should Use Soft Water When Cooking

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Pentair Water Solutions

06/01/2021

Why You Should Use Soft Water When Cooking

Hard water is known to wreak havoc on your toilets, faucets, and water appliances like dishwashers and washing machines It may also affect your skin and hair by making it dry and itchy. What you may not know is that hard water can impact your cooking, baking and brewing processes.

Benefits of Cooking with Soft Water

Is it okay to cook with soft water? Absolutely! Here are some of the benefits soft water can provide whenever you’re in the kitchen.

Improved Taste

Hard water has high mineral content. Whenever you cook with hard water, you’re adding all those minerals to your dish, which can affect your food. For example, hard water can significantly impact dough by making it too stiff and tough.

On the other hand, cooking with softer water can keep the mineral content low and help maintain the true flavor of your ingredients, resulting in a tastier meal.

Kitchen Appliances Can Last Longer

Hard water contains high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. When you use hard water with kitchen appliances like coffee makers and tea kettles, it can produce scale buildup over time, clogging these appliances and making them harder to use. Softening your water can help lower mineral content and improve the efficiency and lifespan of your appliances.

Cooking Vegetables

Eating vegetables can be an ordeal for some people, especially your kids. However, cooking your veggies with soft water can make them much more enjoyable to eat. If you use hard water, you’ll have to increase your cooking time and temperature because of its high mineral content. As a result, you’ll most likely overcook your vegetables, giving them a tough texture and bland taste.

Instead, use soft water for cooking your vegetables. It takes less time and can produce a better texture.

Best Ways to Soften Water for Cooking

There are several solutions you can use to help soften your water, including:

  • Water Softener — Water softeners use salt-based resin beads to reduce hardness-causing minerals from your water supply. Hard water is sent to the water softener, where minerals like calcium and magnesium become trapped and are exchanged with sodium ions to create soft water. With a premium water softening solution, you can effectively reduce hard water, which leads to better-tasting water and improved appliance efficiency.
  • Salt-Free Water Softener — You can also use a salt-free water softening system. Unlike their salt-based counterparts, these softeners don’t remove mineral ions from water. Instead, they recondition the water, which generates zero water waste and uses no electricity. If you have slightly hard water and want a hassle-free solution, these softeners are perfect for you.
  • Reverse Osmosis System — Reverse osmosis (RO) is the process of pushing water through a membrane of fine filters to separate dissolved minerals and contaminants from water. Installing a reverse osmosis system in your home can significantly reduce hardness-causing minerals such as calcium and magnesium, resulting in much softer water

Are you interested in softening your water? Contact us today and a home water expert will help you find the right solution.

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