How to Preserve Produce with Dry Ice
A complete kitchen always includes a well-stocked pantry. Although it is always a given that one should have everything you need, like milk, eggs, bread, and beverages, it is also smart to keep your home stocked up with food that can last a long time. It is always smart to be prepared with dried and canned goods rather than your usual everyday items. However, during times of need, you can still enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables for cooking as well. With the assistance of dry ice, you can preserve fresh produce and enjoy it for months to come. Read on to learn how!
Why Dry Ice?
Dry ice isn’t a substance that a regular person uses every single day and might seem like a daunting tool for you to use. Although it doesn’t require care when handling, it is an invaluable tool for all different purposes, including food preservation. Dry ice is a type of frozen form of carbon dioxide, sitting around -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit. It sublimates as time passes, turning directly into a gas. This, in turn, reduces the sheer amount of oxygen in the compartment with dried ice, which helps preserve your fresh produce.
Preserving Fresh Fruit
Preparing fresh fruits for a long, long freeze is simple to do. Some need no preparation at all, while others might only need slicing. Fruits that tend to brown, like apples, stay fresh when sliced and covered with ascorbic acid (lemon juice works too.) citrus fruits should also be sliced up. Stone fruits should have the pits taken off, as they can leach a bitter taste into the fruit as time passes. Bananas and berries can remain intact too. If you wish to preserve tomatoes, it is a good idea to remove the skin and core first.
You can still thrive on veggies any time of the year by freezing them while raw or blanched. To blance your vegetables, place them in boiling water for an appropriate amount of time before you remove them into an ice bath to stop the whole cooking process. Cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, potatoes, peas, beans, squash, and corn benefit a lot from blanching before freezing. Meanwhile, bell peppers and onions are best kept while raw.
For more information on dry ice and how it can help you preserve your produce, give Dry Ice Corp a call today for a shipment!
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