How can you re-use your pasta water?
We can’t escape the topic of the water crisis. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year or so, you will probably have been obsessively thinking about water and of ways you can save it.
We have a few suggestions on how you can reuse your pasta water. It might not be on the same level as ground-water extraction or installing a JoJo tank, but every bit counts right?
Also, did you know that your pasta water is liquid gold – full of starchy goodness perfect for making silky smooth sauces fit for a gourmet restaurant.
So, next time you cook pasta, DON’T drain the cooking water down the sink – keep it to one side.
Please also remember NOT to add oil to the water – this doesn’t help at all – the oil just rises to the top and also prevents sauces from clinging to the pasta – it’s also not good to have fats in the water for most of the suggestions below.
So, here are some useful ways you can re-use your pasta water – some of them may sound a bit strange, but we dare you to try! Not only will you be benefitting from the goodness, you will be helping save water.
Watering your plants
The water you have cooked your pasta in is full of starch which is rich in vitamins and minerals. This makes it very good for plants and flowers – so use it to keep those pot plants looking healthy! Just be careful not to use water if you have added much salt as this may harm the plants
Making your own pesto sauce
Pesto is one of the greatest flavours to go with pasta – if you use the leftover warm pasta water for making your pesto, it acts as a binding agent and also adds more flavour.
Making homemade pizza dough and bread
The leftover water will give your dough an amazing unique taste as it retains the flavour and starch from the pasta. You can also use it in your soups and stews – Yum!
Washing your dirty dishes
Woah! Can this really be correct? But did you know starch actually dissolves grime and acts as a natural cleaning agent! Just leave the dishes soaking in the water for a bit.
Soaking your sore feet
I bet you hadn’t thought of this one! After a long hard day – just warm the water to a comfortable temperature and soak those tired feet. The heat combined with the minerals will soothe away those aches and pains!
Use before shampooing
If your hair is flat and dull, just soak it in the pasta water for about 10 minutes and shampoo as normal – you will be amazed at the glossy shine you will get.
Don’t waste other cooking water
This can also apply to other water we cook with. We often, without thinking just pour it down the sink – however, you are really wasting lots of amazing goodness and flavours. Next time you cook veggies, use the water to make the gravy or soup!