SOURCE: Culligan

December 20, 2007 14:40 ET

Be More "Water Wise" While Cooking in the Kitchen

Tips From Culligan on How to Get True Taste With Less Waste

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) -

Water's Impact on the Taste of Your Food

Holiday and year-round recipes for soups, stocks, sauces and other dishes calling for H20 as the base ingredient demand the finest culinary finesse -- and the purest water to promote the truest taste. Unknowingly, using untreated tap water may compromise the nuances of your cooking and contribute to environmental waste when it comes to cleaning pots, pans and appliances used to prepare your favorite recipes. Here's how taste can be affected:

--  Unfiltered tap water - Water that comes from a municipal water
    supply is safely regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    (EPA); however, nearly every water source contains some level of
    contaminants* that are addressed by adding commonly used disinfectants like
    chlorine.  Traces of chlorine can produce an unpleasant taste and odor that
    can taint your water-based recipes; steam used for cooking vegetables, rice
    and pasta; and even ice cubes used to chill beverages.
--  Unsoftened hard water - Residents on private or community well
    systems are subject to hard water that may contain a number of odor- and
    taste-altering impurities*.  For example, sulfur found in some hard water
    sources contributes to a "rotten egg" smell; iron or copper can produce a
    metallic aftertaste; and water that flows over rocks, soils and vegetation
    sometimes contains a salty or bitter taste.

Stir Up Solutions...

If mixing your favorite beverage with stale-tasting ice cubes or dumping chlorinated water into your grandma's chicken noodle soup isn't on your recipe card, consider making the most of your tap water. Contact your local Culligan dealer to obtain a free, on-site water analysis to determine which in home solution is best for you. This might include...

--  A system targeted to filter your home's drinking water for optimal
    taste and purity
--  A system that softens your water with smart technology to save salt,
    energy and money
--  A 2-in-1 total home system that filters chlorine and softens water
    throughout your home

...and Help Spare the Environment

Optimizing the taste of your food with quality water also has other "green" benefits that extend to the environment. For example, using softened water can provide the following advantages:

--  Longer equipment lifespan - Minerals such as calcium and
    magnesium that are dissolved in your tap water tend to settle out when hard
    water is heated and evaporates.  These minerals accumulate, corrode and
    clog water-using appliances (i.e. dishwashers, coffee makers, steamers) and
    other devices, causing increased energy use, a shortened lifespan and
    premature equipment disposal.  Soft water can help eliminate these issues
    and extend the life of your appliances.
--  Less detergent - Removing spots, stains and scale caused by hard
    water from your cookware and dishes requires scrubbing with detergents and
    other harsh chemicals.  The more stubborn the residue, the more cleanser
    required -- contributing to unnecessary environmental waste.  Soft water
    helps detergents to lather better so cleansing is easier and less soap is

For more information or to locate a Culligan dealer near you, visit or call 1-800-CULLIGAN.

*Contaminants and impurities are not necessarily in your water.

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