nice light hint of orange. In both cases, I left
the fruit in the pitcher for several days, just
making sure to refill it with water so all the
fruit was covered. That way, it didn’t dry out
or start to shrivel.
The cucumber water was the most subtle
in flavor, but then cucumbers are pretty
mild. It did give me the feeling, though, that
I was at some expensive spa. In all cases, I
made sure to scrub the fruit and vegetables
before cutting them and letting them sit
in the water. Given how many hands and
other items touch produce on the way to
the store, it’s a good practice to clean it well
before using it for infusion.
The body of the pitcher is made of Triton,
which is a shatterproof, BPA-free clear plastic. For someone who is prone to bumping
and dropping things, unbreakable is always
a good way to go. What was also appealing
about this particular model is that it is narrow enough to fit in the refrigerator door.
And as to whether this is getting me to
drink more water this summer, the answer
is yes. I find I’m much more likely to go for
the water versus the soda when there is a
filled pitcher waiting for me in the fridge.
And I’ve started experimenting with other
fruit such as cantaloupes and strawberries.
The infuser can also be used with liquids
other than water, such as for making sangria, or flavoring tea or lemonade.
Since I purchased my pitcher, the model
available to the market has been changed
somewhat so that what were previously
accessories that could be purchased separately are now part of the total package. I
have not tried these, but the latest model
includes a tea infuser and a chill core, both
of which feature handles like the original
infuser. The tea infuser is a plunger-style
unit that allows users to make iced tea or
iced coffee. The chill core is made with a
nontoxic gel and goes in the freezer, then
is placed inside the pitcher in place of the
infuser to make or keep the water, tea or
other infused beverage cold.