You may be thinking, “How can something colder than the snow outside could be helpful in a blizzard?” Well, when the power goes out and you’re worried about your full chest freezer staying cold, if you have some dry ice on hand, you’ll have some peace of mind. Dry ice has many uses and can definitely help you out in a bind, as long as you stay safe.
Keeping Perishables Fresh
Dry ice is great to use in your freezer if the power goes out because it doesn’t melt, it sublimates so nothing will get soggy or wet as the dry ice evaporates. You can keep your frozen groceries cold with a piece of dry ice in the bottom and on top of your freezer. If you have fruits and vegetables that may rot, freezing them in dry ice first actually keeps them fresher for longer. Since dry ice is so cold, freezing vegetables and fruits with it is like flash-freezing them, preserving their flavor for longer. Dry ice can also be used to keep temperature-sensitive medicines cold in the refrigerator.
Dry ice is relatively safe to use, but remember to adhere to the safety rules. Dry ice is extremely cold and will burn your skin, so take the precautions and prevent direct contact with your skin by handling with rubber gloves or another tool. Keep it out of reach of small children as well. Since dry ice sublimates, make sure it’s kept in a well-ventilated area. It’s wise to have carbon monoxide detectors in your home if you’re using dry ice. Don’t keep it in a closed container, as the container could explode and always have a towel or barrier between dry ice and your frozen foods.
Dry Ice for All of Your Needs
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our dry ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to ship your goods, whether you have a huge amount of cookies or a single pie, and help you select the perfect amount of dry ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200 or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.