Keeping Your Food Safe with Dry Ice
We have talked about many of the different amazing, cool, and practical uses of dry ice in the past, and today we will be discussing all of the ways that you can use dry ice to keep your food safe. Dry ice has already started to transform the way that consumers receive their food, and you can even use it around the house to keep your fresh items fresher than ever!
Dry Ice: The Basics
Dry ice is carbon dioxide (the gas) in its solid form. It is put in very high-pressure environments at incredibly low temperatures until it turns into the substance we all identify as dry ice. Over time and as it melts, dry ice turns back into a gas. Dry ice is very cold, so before you attempt any of these food safety ideas, make sure that you take the proper safety precautions. Since carbon dioxide is toxic when inhaled without proper ventilation, make sure that you use dry ice in areas with excellent ventilation. It is also so cold that it will instantly give your hands or fingers frostbite, so don’t handle or touch dry ice without the proper gloves on.
Dry Ice Blasting
Dry ice blasting is a very practical use of dry ice that efficiently and thoroughly cleans food processing equipment. It works by decontaminating surfaces that had various foodborne bacteria on the surfaces (Salmonella, E-coli, and Listeria) just as well as various conventional decontamination methods. Dry ice blasting is a fantastic and quick way to get rid of foodborne bacteria in a food service or preparation environment.
Maintain the Right Temperature
Dry ice can keep food very cold for extended amounts of time, so keeping some on hand can ensure that next time the power goes out you won’t lose a freezer full of food. Make sure that you keep any cooler with dry ice in it ventilated so that it doesn’t explode as the carbon dioxide gas expands.
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.