KITCHEN QUESTIONS HOT WATER LEAD DANGER
QUESTION: Why does my lettuce gets brown spots when I store it in the refrigerator?
ANSWER: If the brown spots appear in storage after rinsing, it indicates that you didn’t drain the lettuce well enough. To dry the lettuce thoroughly, spin it in a good salad spinner after washing, then store it in one of those cloth bags you can purchase in a gourmet shop, or place the lettuce leaves between layers of dish towels. This will also keep the lettuce crisp.
QUESTION: I have been told that you should not use hot water from the tap for cooking or drinking because it contains lead. Is this true?
ANSWER: It seems as though you have been given some very important information. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water advises to use water from the cold-water tap for drinking, cooking and, especially for making baby formula. Hot water does indeed contain higher levels of lead. It’s going to take longer for you to make pasta and rice and potatoes, so you’ll just have to be patient. Walk away from the stove and watch the news on television or read a book because “Watched water never boils”.
For more information on lead hazards and testing your home’s water lead contamination, go to epa.gov/safewater or call their Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or 1-800-532-3394.