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Benefits of Sparkling Water

Posted by Lorraine on 8th Aug 2016

Sparkling water is simply plain water that's been infused with carbon dioxide. The process doesn't add sugar, sodium or caffeine, creating a healthier, calorie free, alternative to sugary pop.Aside from the health benefits of drinking sparkling water there are also plenty great uses for carbonated water in various kitchen tasks too. Did you know using sparkling water in baking can make your sweet creations even lighter and fluffier? You’ll be extra popular with friends when you pop round with your super light, fluffy and delicious homemade baked cakes, they may not believe you when you tell them the key ingredient is sparkling water.It’s time to add a bit of sparkle to your life. Here are our reasons why we believe sparkling water is so great;Sweet TreatsCreate extra light and fluffy pancakes, waffles and cakes by replacing a little of the milk with equivalent sparkling water. It is ideal to keep the sparkling water as cool as possible to avoid the carbon dioxide bubbles escaping, that way even more teeny bubbles will be created in your mix making your cakes super light.Ultra Light SavouriesYou can make the most delicious, ultra light Japanese tempura batter with the addition of sparkling water in the mix. Tempura batter creates a light crispy coating for seafood and vegetables which are often served as small appetisers. It is a healthier option too as tempura batter absorbs less oil than most other deep fried batters. Sparkling water added to lightly whisked eggs even makes fluffy scrambled eggs and omelettes too.Tempura Batter using sparkling waterTempura Batter MixIngredients•85g Plain flour•1/2 Tsp Salt•1/2 Tsp Sugar•200ml Sparkling water, chilledInspired by; greatbritishchefs.comTip; Try adding spices to the batter mix for extra flavour.Method1. Add the flour, salt and sugar to a bowl.2. Gradually whisk in the chilled sparkling water – do not over-whisk.3. Coat your vegetables or fish in flour. This will help the batter stick.4. Dip in the batter, allow any excess to drip off.5. Transfer to the hot oil using a slotted spoon, fry until golden brown and crispy.6. Remove with slotted spoon. Drain on kitchen paper,7. Season and serve.Tip;If making tempura vegetables you must partially cook the vegetables before coating in batter as they won’t have time to cook through before the batter becomes crisp and golden. The items to be fried must be dry before dipping in the batter mix too otherwise they will be not remain crispy after frying.Deep Frying without a deep fat fryer. Don't worry if you don’t own a deep fat fryer, all you need is a frying pan, some cooking oil and a slotted spoon. Here are some tips on deep fat frying;
  • Best oils to use; Sunflower, groundnut and vegetable oil.
  • Do NOT fill the pan to above 1/3 full. Hot oil can expand and be extremely dangerous.
  • Oil should be heated between 180˚C and 200˚C. No thermometer?  Drop a small cube of bread into the oil, it should turn golden brown within 15 seconds if the oil is hot enough.
  • Carefully immerse the ingredients in the oil with a slotted spoon.
  • After use, leave the oil to cool completely. Once cool it can then be passed through a sieve and reused.
  • Oil can be used 3-4 times.
Super Bright VeggiesVeggies are crunchier and stay vibrant in colour when cooked in sparkling water. That’s right, your greens stay nice and green and your carrots will be a rich orange colour once cooked. This means they’ll still be packed full of flavour and goodness plus some of the nutrient content is preserved too.Add Some Sparkle To Your NutsLactose Intolerant? Why not try making your own almond or nut milk. Sparkling water will help to break down the almonds when you puree them.Sparkling Water SpritzerHealthy SpritzersMake your own healthy thirst quenching spritzer. Perfect if you love your herbal and fruit teas but fancy a bit of fizz in the mix. Make your tea as usual, pour into a jug, place it in the fridge to cool and top up with fizzy water from your tap when you’re feeling thirsty. A refreshing alternative to the usual calorific, sugar laden carbonated drinks and sodas available.Sparkling Eco CleaningSparkling water can even be used for eco-cleaning. The acidity in the water is said to break down dirt and bacteria. Quick, grab your marigolds and a soft cloth it’s time to start your Cinderella duties…..don’t forget your bowl of sparkling water too! Imagine having a tap that not only filters your tap water but also gives you the option of having sparkling water on demand too. At Appliance House we have a tap that does just that, ‘The Grohe, BLUE Chilled + Sparkling Water Tap’ Grohe blue sparkling water tapThe Grohe Chilled and Sparkling Water Tap provides carbonated and filtered water from one spout and allows you to choose from three types of filtered and chilled table water; un-chilled, medium chilled and fully chilled with the option of lightly sparkling or sparkling water. This unique tap would make a fabulous addition to any kitchen. We love it. grohe blue 3  Save
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