Dry Ice Uses: Making Root Beer And Freeze-Drying Food
Dry ice, which is more specifically known as solid carbon dioxide, is very common in science class. When most people think about dry ice, they think about the fun experiments that it can be used for, such as fake fog. However, there is a lot more to dry ice than artificial fog. In fact, here are the instructions that you need to learn how to make your very own root beer and freeze dry food with dry ice:
Make Your Own Homemade Root Beer
Whether you’re throwing a party or you just want to brew your own root beer, you will need (for a large batch):
- 5 gallons of water (the cooler the better)
- 4 pounds of white sugar
- 2 ounces of root beer extract/concentrate
- 5 pounds of dry grade (pellet size)
- 1 10-gallon container with a vented lid
To begin, you will need to pour the water into the container. Begin adding the sugar and stir until it has completely dissolved. Once dissolved, add the extract/concentrate. Now, you can add the dry ice. Just make sure that you’re wearing gloves to avoid unnecessary skin burns. When you begin adding the dry ice, the solution will start bubbling, so you will want to keep the lid on top of the container loosely. Afterward, you will partially close the vent and allow the dry ice to sublimate (disappear) completely before you drink it.
Freeze Dry Your Own Food
If you like to store leftover food, then this freeze-drying idea will right up your alley. Here is what you will need:
- Plastic food containers with lids
- Several thick layers of dry ice
- Larger bucket or cooler
To begin, you will want to make sure that you poke a few small holes into the kids of your plastic food containers. This allows the moisture to escape from the food during the whole freeze-drying process. Next, you will want to start placing your food into the containers. The thinner the pieces of the food, the faster and easier they will freeze. Secure the lids on the containers. Now, you need to put down a layer of dry ice on the bottom of the bucket or cooler. Follow this with a layer of food containers, then another layer of dry ice and so on. You should finish it with a layer of the dry ice. Cover the bucket or cooler with a lid and place in the freezer. Check on it every 12 hours or so, but do not remove it until the dry ice has completely dissolved.
For more information, contact Chilly Willy & Cool Carl’s Ice or a similar company.