Welcome back, dear readers, for another edition of Unusual Dry Ice Uses. This week’s topic might not be super unusual, but it’s something that many people might not be aware of, so we’ll count it. Dry ice makes for an effective and interesting food storage solution, and can assist in shipping perishables.
Long Term Dry Food Storage
Here’s where the “unusual” comes in for this week’s dry ice use. We bet you thought dry ice would be used for cold food storage solutions, didn’t you? Surprise! Dry ice is actually extremely effective in storing dry goods like grains and legumes for long periods of time. After ensuring that your storage container is safe for dry ice, and that your dry ice doesn’t have any frost which could add moisture to the equation, here’s what you’ll do. Put the dry ice at the bottom of the container, and then pour your dry goods on top. Don’t seal the lid all the way, as it can build dangerous pressure as the dry ice sublimates. After about 5-6 hours, the dry ice will have fully sublimated, and in doing so will have replaced all the oxygen in the container with carbon dioxide. At this point, snap the lid on tight, and your food will be safe from spoilage for a long time. Without oxygen, bugs and bacteria don’t stand a chance.
Cold Food Storage and Shipping
Alright, alright, dry ice can be used for cold and frozen food too. In the event of a power outage, or on a hunting or fishing trip, dry ice will keep perishables cold. Since the CO2 that results from sublimation is heavier than our atmospheric air, it will sink. Place dry ice on top of food that needs to be kept frozen, and underneath food that just needs to be kept regular old cold. This method is also helpful in shipping anything that needs to stay frozen.
There you have it! Another successful blog post about unusual dry ice uses. Fret not — we’ll be back next week with another. As always, don’t forget about proper safety and handling! See you back here next week!
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