When preparing food for the holidays, you want to impress family and friends with the best tasting dishes possible. If you’re like most Americans (over 80% of the population) who get their water from a municipal supply/city water, you may need more than good baking skills to serve up a good Bundt cake or homemade rolls.
Your municipality is likely adding chlorine or chloramines as a general disinfectant. And while its safe to drink, the extra chlorine in your water can leave behind an unpleasant taste and odor, discolor your produce and affect the performance of some ingredients, including yeast. Excess chlorine in municipal water can change the gluten structure of dough, making it tough or slowing the fermentation process.
Temporary Solutions for Municipal Water
• Use bottled water
• Boil your water
Permanent Solution with Filtering
If you’re concerned about your baking this holiday and want to ensure your water’s taste by removing the contaminants from the city water, you might want to consider the benefits of a water filtration system. Water filtration systems provide great tasting water at significantly less cost than bottled water. A whole home filtration system can provide fresh, filtered water throughout your home with no filters to replace for the life of the system (10+ years) and you can eliminate the need for those expensive refrigerator filters or pitcher filters, saving you hundreds of dollars.
By installing a whole home water filtration system or a 2-in-1 water softener and whole home filter, you can easily filter out chlorine and other impurities from municipal water while improving the taste of your food.
To learn more about selecting the best system for your home, use this handy checklist.