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Pure water: the key ingredient in cooking

Not only is pure water ideal to drink, it is also ideal for our food. From rinsing to cooking, we constantly use water in food preparation. In this spirit, the culinary magazine Bon Appétit declares water to be “your kitchen’s biggest and best powerhouse” ingredient.


In 2016, journalist and good food advocate, Michael Pollan, released a book, and four-part documentary series, called Cooked. In these works, he explores cooking, using each of the four natural elements: earth, air, fire and water. In the episode about water, Pollan observes that cooking with water is a relatively new innovation, when we look at the entire history of food.


Water vs. fire

It’s only been about 10,000 years since the invention of cookware that can both withstand fire and hold water. By comparison, scientists believe that our ancestors have been cooking directly over campfires for approximately a million years. Pollan goes on to explain that, once humans had fire-proof pots, people began cooking different foods together. At that point in time, using water and seasonings became a new way of cooking for our ancestors. Similarly, in the words of the foodie site, Epicurious, “...water doesn’t temper flavor -- it carries it.” When we cook with water, the water’s properties transfer into our food. Pure water lends a clean and crisp flavor to food. In this sense, water is a key ingredient for delicious meals.


Bad water

The opposite is true as well. If cooks use murky, cloudy water in their recipes, the final flavor may be tainted, and if there are any contaminants in the water, like chlorine, they will become an unintended seasoning. The Coway Aquamega 100 water purifier delivers clean water from the convenience of your counter, with up to 99.9 percent reduction of common water contaminants. This pure water can quench thirst -- and add to yummy, home-cooked meals -- for you and your family everyday.