Do you consider yourself an average cook, a good cook, a great cook, or even a Master Chef?
Regardless of where your culinary skills fall, I can show you how to take it up a notch, both your skills and your belt.
So what is the great secret of distillation? Well, there are several reasons why the quality of your dishes will improve by using distilled water in your preparation and especially if you currently use tap water.
Cooking and Baking with Tap Water
Imagine that you are about to bake fresh bread as in the recipe detailed below …
It has everything you need for this task organized and arranged on the kitchen counter. Suddenly a complete stranger walks in and starts adding unfamiliar ingredients to the bowl and leaves. He had noticed a skull and crossbones label that was clearly displayed on each of the ingredients. What would you think and how would you react? Would you just ignore what you taste like, bake the bread and eat it? Those additional ingredients are listed in the recipe below.
Freshly baked sourdough artisan bread
- 1 cup of lukewarm water
- 1 packet of active yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-1 / 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening
- ¼ cup milk
- 3 cups of flour Additional: Optional * Ingredients
- arsenic for flavor
- nitrates and pesticides
- pinch of pharmaceuticals
- bacteria, viruses, cysts
- all-purpose chemicals
- teaspoon heavy metals and lead
- fold in 1 cup decomposing plant and animal matter
- chlorine to taste
- sprinkle THM, HAAS, chlorite, bromate
So you wouldn’t eat the bread? Actually, when you use tap water from almost any city water supply for any recipe, you should know that those additional “optional” ingredients will be added if you use tap water. So what is the point? If you don’t want harmful cancer causing grosser added to your food, make it distillate, baked and cooked. In fact, you can expect food to taste more like it’s supposed to.
Preparing, baking and cooking with distillate improves the taste of food and will even improve the appearance of food. With the purity of distilled water, and being a natural solvent, nitrates or pesticide residues are effortlessly rinsed off vegetables and fruits.
When you use tap water to reconstitute vegetable or fruit juice, chlorine and other chemicals affect the taste. The same goes for coffee and tea … distilled water is pure, odorless, and tasteless; so whatever you add to it is the only flavor you experience. Therefore, to get a better flavor from juices, coffee, and tea, you will find that the flavor is greatly enhanced with distilled water. Distillate is what was originally extracted from the fruit to concentrate it, and there is nothing in the distillate that bastardizes the flavor. In fact, you can use extra water, get the same flavor, and make it go further.
The best tasting coffee in the world comes from using pure, clean, healthy and tasteless distilled water. Less tea and coffee is required when using distilled water because pure water filters more coffee and tea from the product, so less is required to obtain the same flavor. Distilled reduces the cost of the beverage by up to 25%. Although it will be lighter, the richness of the flavor will prevail; much less bitter.
Best ice cubes
There is a very noticeable difference in distilled water ice cubes. Not only are they transparent, but they are also harder and last longer as there is no inorganic matter to make it melt faster.
Reconstitution of fruit and vegetable juices
When concentrated fruit and vegetable juices are reconstituted using distillates, not only do they taste freshly squeezed, but you can add 20-25% more distilled water and make it stretch more and still retain the natural flavor. Because distillation is so pure, whatever you put in it, it’s the only flavor you’ll ever get. This is because there are no contaminants to alter the taste or chemistry like in tap water. It tastes much more like the original fresh product. It is also possible to stretch the volume of your finished beverage by using distillate to reconstitute it.
Distilled water will not subject vegetables to contaminants, unlike tap water. Vegetables like potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower retain their natural bright colors. Soups made with distillate are incredibly tastier.
Seed germination with distilled water
By germinating various grains, seeds, and all kinds of beans, distillation will be much more effective than tap water at germinating. It will take place much faster, without contamination, and will stay fresher and crunchier for longer.
Distilled water for baking
The texture of baked goods made with distillate is smoother. Since the distillation is so pure, flour absorbs more than tap water. The finished product will also taste better and be free of impurities. Various cakes, breads, pancakes, and pizzas are dramatically affected by distilled water.
Canned fruits and vegetables
Canning with distilled water results in better tasting vegetables and fruits and will retain their original color and texture. Also, because the water is pure and sterile, the jars seal better, reducing the rate of spoilage.
Pasta of all kinds, rice and cereals will absorb distilled water more easily than tap water. These types of products absorb distilled water more easily than tap water, resulting in better texture and less stickiness.
Dehydrated food and distilled water
In the dehydration process of fruits and vegetables, the naturally existing distillate was removed by continuous exposure to low temperatures. Therefore, it makes sense that distilled water is ideal for reconstitution. Because distillate is so pure, it can pass through dry food walls more effectively than water that contains inorganic matter and contaminants.
Obviously, mixed alcoholic beverages taste much better with distilled ones. As with everything else, less alcohol is required to affect the same results. Alcohol sometimes interacts with many of the contaminants in tap water, such as chlorine, THMs, and pharmaceuticals found in most municipal water supplies to create dangerous compounds.
So use distilled water in the preparation of your next dish and be amazed at how the flavors really come from the ingredients you have added and not some mysterious source like tap water.