Dry IceWhy do people never think of dry ice? When the power goes out, people worry about losing the contents of their freezers to spoilage and disease-causing germs. So many workers buy bags of ice at the convenient store to keep their food and drinks cold on the work site. No one thinks of dry ice to pack in coolers. It is not hard to find, nor is it expensive. The local ice company can supply dry ice with a simple phone call. Here are a few facts and interesting uses for dry ice that people have never considered.
Some of the benefits of dry ice, other than being very cold (and dry) are:
-It beats ice from water as a cooling agent 3 times over
-It's non-toxic, non-flammable and odorless
Uses for Dry Ice
Most people don't think of the tables and vats in which their foods are processed. Cross-contamination is when a raw food such as chicken or other meats leaves residue on processing equipment. Another food such as fresh vegetables is placed on the processing tables before the tables were cleaned. The contaminants from the raw meats will be absorbed by the raw vegetables which will make a consumer ill. If the processing tables and equipment were cleaned between foods being processing, this would not occur. Dry ice is used in pressurized guns or blowers to clean these tables and equipment. Because it leaves no residue, it is safe for use in such applications.
Since most people connect dry ice with preserving food, they wouldn't think dry ice could be used to make food as well. Dry ice is used in flash-freezing foods for packaging and transport to grocery stores. It is used in freeze-drying coffees found in stores. Dry ice is used to make fountain drinks cold. It can also be used to freeze fresh produce from gardens. All that is required is to wash and chop the fresh fruits and vegetables. At the bottom of the freezer, place a block of dry ice. Place the fruits and vegetables on a cookie sheet atop the ice. When frozen, place in plastic bags in the freezer. The foods will taste like they just came out of the garden.
Fun Uses for Dry Ice
-Fishing: use dry ice to pack fish for the trip home
-Sending foods as a gift: pack those homemade cookies or a casserole for a loved one's birthday or Christmas in dry ice
-Ball games: tailgating parties and school softball games will be more enjoyable with great food paced in dry ice
-Summer fun: homemade ice cream, sodas, popsicles and other cold items will make the beach more fun using dry ice.