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Old 10-07-2009, 09:41 AM   #1
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Why can't we use hot tap water to cook

I tried to search for the answer, but couldn't find anything here nor could i find anything scientifically based. More or les it is a here say, somethig tht I've heard many times and av sed itasexpalnationmy self. But in reality I do not think it quite woks that way. Liker example lead pipes racically noody ha lead pipes today. Not n th hoses buil lat 20 years.

Has anybody senn a more plosable expnation?

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Old 10-07-2009, 09:43 AM   #2
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some folks feel that water sitting in a hot water heater for awhile tastes odd
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:54 AM   #3
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Charlie, the only explanation I have ever seen is about the lead in pipes. Not just the pipes themselves but the solder they use to join the pipes together.

You certainly CAN use hot water to cook if you like. Just check on what kind of piping is in your house first.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:56 AM   #4
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It also has to do with the mineral build-up in the hot water tank that ads a "funky" taste to the water.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:12 AM   #5
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I use hot water quite a bit, always have. See no reason not to start water to be boiled with hot water.
Guess I'm lucky, I have never noticed a funky taste.
As for lead, well, I'm just not worried about such things. Que sera sera!
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:24 AM   #6
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Yes, lead - particularly lead solder - is the explanation I've heard as well. The bits about hot water heaters make sense too. That said, I use filtered water from the fridge for cooking, soaking greens, etc.

I know some areas in the country are much more newly developed than others, but where I live, I feel pretty safe in saying that houses built in the last 20 years are in the minority, and probably a small minority at that.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:25 AM   #7
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I use hot water all the time for cooking. I find no difference in taste or anything else.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:59 AM   #8
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I think I've got, what is refered to as "hard water" &
when it sits in the hot water heater with established
and significant amounts of calcium build-up tends to
have an odd taste, tho slight...None the less, I still use
it for cooking in some applications but rarely when
I'm critical of a fresh veggie taste...I think it really
depends on the region one lives and the source of
their water............................................. ....................BH51
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:07 PM   #9
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I don't have a hot water tank, I have a tankless hot water system, hot water on demand, so I do use hot water to start boiling for pasta or whatever.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:20 PM   #10
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I tried to search for the answer, but couldn't find anything here nor could i find anything scientifically based. More or les it is a here say, somethig tht I've heard many times and av sed itasexpalnationmy self. But in reality I do not think it quite woks that way. Liker example lead pipes racically noody ha lead pipes today. Not n th hoses buil lat 20 years.

Has anybody senn a more plosable expnation?
I don't know about the water but I have to ask, are you typing in a Scottish accent?!
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