Can I Boil and Cook With Sparkling Water?
Sparkling water is not only traditionally recommended during meals, but it can also be used for cooking. Chefs are getting their creative juices flowing to the potential culinary possibilities.
When it comes to cooking vegetables, sparkling bicarbonate water has proven to be quite effective in decreasing oxidation and the denaturing of chlorophyll and carotenoid pigments, helping to preserve the vegetables’ colour. Green beans and peas keep their nice green colour and carrots stay a nice orange! We can also achieve the same results by immersing the cooked vegetables in ice cold water just after cooking them. However, using bicarbonate water when cooking vegetables allows you to skip this step.
What’s more, bicarbonate water also appears to soften vegetables. Cooking times can be decreased, allowing you to better preserve more of the vegetables’ vitamin content.
Another advantage is that, since bicarbonate water has a slightly salty taste due to the presence of sodium (in the form of sodium bicarbonate), it transfers this taste to the vegetables so that you don’t feel the need to add salt (sodium chloride). This is an added benefit since we know that excessive amounts of salt are not good for cardiovascular health.
Did you know that the yeast used to make cake batters rise contains sodium bicarbonate? By using water that is high in bicarbonate in your cake and crepe batters, you will create carbon dioxide that will make your batters rise and have a fluffier texture.
7 Things You Can Make With Sparkling Water
- Vegetables Cooked In Sparkling Water
Did you know that you can cook vegetables in carbonated water? Famous French chefs like Thierry Marx came up with this idea, when trying to find a creative alternative to plunging vegetables in salted boiling water. Cooking vegetables in boiling sparkling water helps them stay crunchy and retain their original, vibrant colour.
Tempura is a Japanese assortment of fried vegetables and fish, often served as an appetizer. To make tempura you need to prepare a batter that is light and airy, and sparkling water is the way to go! Simply mix flour with sparkling water, dip the vegetables, fish or shrimp in the batter and then lightly fry. The sparkling water will make the batter extra crunchy and light.
- Light and Fluffy Cake
Believe it or not, using carbonated water in cake results in the lightest, moistest cake you’ve ever had! Start off by whisking eggs with sugar, and then add oil, cake flour, chocolate and some crushed hazelnuts. Finish with a bit of sparkling water, and don’t be surprised if your batter starts to froth a little! Bake the cake for 50 minutes at 350° F and prepare to be wowed!
Sure, there are loads of classic crepe recipes out there. But have you ever tried making crepe batter with sparkling water? To do this, simply replace some of the milk for an equal part of fizzy water. Your crepes will end up extremely light and airy thanks to this substitution! And don’t forget to let the batter rest for at least an hour before you start to cook them – no matter what you replace in the recipe, this important steps remains unchanged!
- Mojito Cocktails or Mocktails
Mojitos are a much loved cocktail, originally hailing from South America. They’re light and refreshing thanks to sparkling water, lime and mint. To make a delicious mojito, add some fresh mint leaves to the bottom of a glass, along with some cane sugar syrup and lime wedges. Crush these ingredients together using a muddler, and then add rum, ice cubes and sparkling water. For a non-alcoholic mojito, simply replace the rum with fruit juice like grapefruit or pineapple. Delish!
Adding sparkling water to waffle batter will give you light, airy and deliciously crunchy waffles. Simply substitute one part of milk with one part of sparkling water. Proceed with the recipe as you usually would, and get ready to eat the best waffles you’ve ever had!
- Sparkling Ice Tea
If you’re tired of plain old ice tea and are looking for an original recipe, replace tap water with sparkling water. Fizzy ice tea is delicious and a great thirst-quencher, minus the calories that other carbonated drinks and sodas usually contain. We call that a win-win!