Steve Schimoler: Cooking with Kinetico Water—Honeydew Gazpacho Recipe

by Guest Bloggers Published 7.31.2013

Based on Steve’s passion for cooking, innovation and creating the best flavor in his recipes, he realizes that no ingredient is to be overlooked, including water. In 2012, Steve teamed with Kinetico to prove the notion that purified water is core to creating great-tasting dishes in his restaurant and in the home. Read more about culinary expert Steve Schimoler.

I look forward to the summer season for many reasons, but mostly for the local produce that hits my kitchen and the flavor of “picked at peak” ripeness that chefs live for. Tomatoes that have never seen refrigeration and still carry the warmth of the sun, melons that explode with sugary juices, berries that make you smile with every bite, or peaches that require a bib, are all packed with flavors that deserve un-adulteration!

As I continue to experiment with our reverse osmosis water as an ingredient, it is this time of year where I make every effort not to cook the fresh ingredients that we use. I focus on keeping the integrity of the fresh flavors, and by using the reverse osmosis water, I am insuring that there are no off flavors and aromas to interfere with Mother Nature’s bounty.

One of Crop Bistro’s highlights during the summer is our chilled soup, and water is such a key ingredient. Now that we have reverse osmosis water, I have been able to really taste the difference versus using unfiltered water. A good example is my Melon and Berry Gazpacho. I make a dense puree of honey dew melon and add whole blackberries so they keep their shape and color, small-diced cucumbers and then add the reverse osmosis water and fresh mint, a little salt and black pepper and that’s all it takes to make a quintessential taste of summer. By using the reverse osmosis water, its purity seamlessly becomes part of the soup and given that the recipe is almost 50 percent water, it has to be devoid of any competing flavors especially when the star ingredients are so delicate.

Gotta love summer!!

“Honey Dew List” Gazpacho

Ingredients:

½ Honey Dew Melon, peeled and seeded 1 quart puree(approx.)
Cucumber, peeled and seeded, small dice 1 ½ cups
Blackberry, large dice 1 cup
Fresh mint, minced 1 ½ TBSP
Fresh squeezed lime juice 2 TBSP
Kinetico reverse osmosis water 2 cups
Kosher salt 1 tsp
Black pepper ¼ tsp

Prep:

  • Peel and seed the melon and cut into large 2 inch chunks
  • In a Vita Mix or other food processor add the melon and puree until smooth.Add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Peel and seed the cucumber and cut to an 1/8 inch dice and add to the mixing bowl.
  • Cut the blackberries into ¼ inch dice and add to mixing bowl.
  • Squeeze the lime and add to mixing bowl
  • Add all the other ingredients and very lightly blend (fold ) with a spoon so the color doesn’t darken too much.
  • Let sit refrigerated for 1 hour and then serve. You can garnish with a single berry and a sprig of mint.

Lastly…Enjoy!!


My skin is dry—is my water softener working properly?

by Diana M Published 1.25.2013

There are many benefits to owning a water softener. Cleaning is made easier not having to scrub iron stains and soap scum build-up (not to mention no need for harsh chemicals), water using appliances last longer and are more efficient and clothes, towels and sheets last longer. Another benefit of soft water that people enjoy (and it’s not just ladies, we receive calls from men too) is softer skin and silkier hair.

Each year, starting around October, we begin to receive calls from home owners concerned their water softener is not working properly. After spending time in a discovery process conversation, we find the caller has based their concerns on dry and/or itchy skin and sometimes even ‘fly away’ hair. Typically the problem is seasonal dry air—when temperatures have changed and humidity levels have strongly reduced. Couple the dry air with furnaces and space heaters and homeowners may experience dryer than normal skin, even with a properly functioning water softener.

An easy way to spot check your water softener, to ensure its supplying soft water, is to wash your hands. If your hands feel squeaky when rinsing, this is an indication of hard water which is the result of hardness minerals clinging to your skin. Slippery feeling water when rinsing is the result of feeling the natural oils your skin produces.

If you’re still not sure your water softener is working properly, a technician can be scheduled to come to the home and test the water. Or, perhaps you can take a water sample to your local Kinetico dealer for testing.

There are wonderful, natural and affordable skin products on the market that can assist your water softener in getting you through the dry season. My personal preference is olive oil soaps and lotions. I’ve even found how-to articles and videos online that walk you through a step-by-step process on how to make them.

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