posted on Apr, 26 2008 @ 02:19 PM
When trying to store food for a long duration, moisture, temperature, and air will all have an effect on the food. Temperatures below 70 F with a
moisture of less than 10% humidity, and removal of oxygen are key to keeping your grains, rice, or lentils from rotting.
That much I know. I am trying a little experiment in food preservation. I put rice and beans into 2 air-tight containers which will keep out
moisture and will stay relatively cool in the bakc of my closet. But, there is the problem of air and the oxygen therein. I decided to try using
Duster (AKA "canned air") to replace the air. I put the rice in a plastic freezer bag, inflated it with the Duster, then squeezed the gas out. I
could fit about freezer bags of rice in each container, and I sprayed Duster into the container then clamped down the lid.
Duster is not actually air; it contains no oxygen (which is why I thought of using it). It contains a non-toxic inert gas, either difluoroethane,
trifluoroethane, or tetrafluoroethane. My question: will this help preserve the food? Will it cause some other chemical reaction, perhaps ruining the
taste or making it unsafe?
They now all something called "bittergent" to inhibit dumb kids who inhale it to get high.
[edit on 26-4-2008 by spaznational]