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Cooking with Distilled Water

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Anyone here cook with distilled water? Know anything about doing so? Recently got a cpap machine for my sleep apnea and need to use distilled water for the humidifier. Figured I could put the gallons of water to other use too. 

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No experience, but I have seen recipes for using purified and/or distilled water like this one from "Crave" by Ludo Lefevbre.

 

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You could use the DW in the steam oven.

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...if I had a steam oven. 

 

Cool professionalhobbit! In the Relae book they also talk of using purified water. 

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I have several gallons of distilled water from when the hurricane blew through. As much as I said I wasn't going to buy water  I caved the day before and distilled was the only thing available.   Never used a drop during the hurricane but it's been used in the steam mop

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I buy it to avoid hard water build-up in the cats' drinking fountains and to make somewhat clear ice cubes for cocktails.

Hadn't thought about the steam oven and steam mop but will consider that.

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Cooking beans. It's a bit of an overkill, but, tap water with a high mineral content can keep beans from ever getting soft, so most pros recommend filtered water.

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You can use it to make stock and achieve the "I can't believe it isn't tap water" effect ...

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The only times I've ever cooked with purchased water were when we lived in Belgium for three months, and discovered that the tap water was so hard that lentils wouldn't soften if you tried to cook them in it. I suspect that the cookbook authors that are specifically calling for purchased water are hedging their bets against hard tap water. Everywhere else I've lived, it hasn't been a problem.

 

I wouldn't try to cook with distilled water. It tastes yucky.

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