The highs and lows of working with UK mains water and the pros and cons of a boiling water tap
Want a Quooker?
Source: Advanced Kitchen Design
I want a Quooker! But it’ll have to wait until I re-do my own kitchen (which could be a while yet … I want to make major alterations to the walls).
I’d seen pictures of the Quooker before, but actually saw it in the “flesh” (steel?) at Bathroom & Kitchen Expo.
I mentioned hot water dispensers briefly in my Kitchen Design Guide … and the Quooker is possibly the best one to have. It’ll currently cost you around £700 – 800, depending on the tap finish you choose (and there are lots to choose from – in four different styles).
With the Quooker, the water is held in an insulated tank (under the worktop), under pressure (from the mains water pressure) allowing the temperature to be maintained at 110 degrees C. When you turn the tap on, the water comes out at boiling temperature. (The other models produce water at lower temperatures).
I’m not a big tea drinker … but I hear from friends who are, that boiling water is essential for a good cuppa … and it’s certainly good for filter coffee.
The water is filtered (through activated carbon) as it enters the tank and it is also claimed that a “calcium conversion” takes place to reduce scum formation (without specifying how) … so drinks made with the water should taste good.
The taps have child proof push-and-turn handles, are double walled for insulation and produce the water in a fine spray, rather than a solid jet … all safety features to prevent scalding.
Using a hot water dispenser obviously means that you don’t need to have a kettle always on the go. Kettles are a well known safety hazard in the kitchen and we also tend to heat up more water than we actually need; to tip out old water and re-fill the kettle quite frequently; and to forget that we were planning to have a drink and have to boil the kettle up again.
he Quooker saves on water consumption and even on energy consumption because, although the water in the tank is kept hot, it is extremely well insulated.
Apart from hot drinks, you can use the hot water dispenser for :
Speeding up the cooking of pasta and vegetables by filling the pans from the Quooker
Preparing baby formula feeds and sterilising teats
Rinsing mixer and blender blades, chopping boards, jam jars and other awkward items
Blanching vegetables, peeling tomatoes
Melting candle wax
Poaching eggs or fish
Heating up plates and serving dishes
Now, do you see why I want one?
Source: Advanced Kitchen Design
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