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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Water

Water is one of those things that we really do not think about. However, how you use it is important. For example if you are poaching eggs, you want the water to be at a low simmer not a boil. Otherwise the egg will not cook evenly. (always but a little vinegar in the poaching water, it will help the egg to coagulate and hold together better,) When you are using a double boiler to melt chocolate, the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl and should not be boiling. 

The quality of the water and its relative hardness can also affect how food cooks. So know what kind of watter you have. If you live in area that has a high concentration of Iron mineral in the water, you may want to use purified water to cook some foods. In a previous post I discussed how hard water will affect beans and they cook.  Likewise soft water may also affect the outcome of some recipes - you may need to add more salt to pasta water for example.

So don't overlook the importance of one of the most basic ingredients - water.  It does make a difference in your cooking.

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