You will never again have to make the effort to eat the whole bag to avoid having to eat them without effect crunchy the next day. You can also forget about using the clothespins to pretend that nothing has happened here because that solution, moreover, has the path it has. Say hello to Silica gelyour new best friend.
Thanks to this super invention you can keep your potatoes, snacks and crackers in perfect condition, even when high temperatures try to do everything possible to spoil your pecking moment with friends. So don’t think twice and order silica gel packs as soon as possible because they are well worth it.
Those little bags ring a bell…
Smart boy! If you have quickly realized that these bags are very similar, if not the same, to those they usually come inside your shoes of or of some garments, congratulations. Yes, we are referring to those packages with little balls inside that you directly throw in the trash because you don’t know what they are for. Until now.
These silica packets, which typically include all-caps messages like “DON’T EAT” and “THROW IN THE TRASH” (you can skip the second), they’re going to make sure your crunchy food stays crunchy, no matter what happens out there. And that is a wonderful thing for all of us who love snacks. Are you one of us? It is seen that yes because if not, you would not have come this far.
As for the risk to human health, that we know you have been thinking about, don’t take it too much to heart either. The gel itself is not considered toxic, the warnings are more aimed at avoiding suffocation than you could end up poisoned. Of course, it should be kept away from pets and curious children, like so many other things.
What is silica gel?
Clarified the issue of warnings, we will explain what this desiccant consists of, which, as you may have guessed, is used to reduce ambient humidity. Actually, it’s not that different from salt. Silica gel is still a rock of silicon dioxidealso known as quartz glass, which unlike quartz has millions of nanometer-sized pores, which considerably increases its drying power.
Silica gel packets of 20 x 10 g. Safe and pure reusable silica gel sachets desiccant. Renewable dehumidifying bags: absorb moisture
the chemicals already knew of its benefits in the seventeenth centurybut until a century ago, thanks to a professor at Johns Hopkins University, we were unable to confirm the potential of this filtration medium that began to be used in gas masks during the First World War. From there, other industries took notice of the absorbent qualities of the gel, although what it does is attract molecules to its surface instead of absorbing them like a sponge, to start using it in water filters, kitty litter and, yes , feeding. You have been able to see it, under the concept of “anti-caking or anticaking agent” in some of the items you have in your pantry, such as baking powder or some varieties of sugar.
How to use silica gel with food?
In any case, what you should keep in mind when using it is that anything that tends to get damp or soaked in a humid environment is likely to welcome a packet of silica gel (there are various sizes, we recommend for our mission the one that is like a box of matches). There are also those who use them, for example, instead of the mythical grains of rice that are put in the salt shakers to prevent the salt from caking. Which is extensible to other binding spices such as garlic powder and onion powder.
If you are considering using it with sugar, you should know that in the case of white there is no problem, but don’t even think about trying it with brown sugar, which already tends to be hard as a rock. How to put a little silica gel on it…
As for the amount, one pack should be enough to dehumidify a jar of spices, which by the way you should keep tightly closed to prevent more moisture from seeping out. And, although it may seem obvious and we have said that it is not toxic, remember to always always keep the silica gel pearls inside their packages. Do not cut them because they would end up mixing with the food.
This solution usually gives excellent results with potato chip bagsbut also with tortilla chips, puffed cereals, meringues, wafers or the Indian namkeens. Although the possibilities are endless: from jerky (dried meat strips) to dried fruit, passing through hookscrackers or anything else that has been conceived to be crunchy.
And since you have them at home, taking advantage of the fact that their price is not too high, you can take advantage of a bag for your camera (used to prevent lenses from getting moldy) or for when you drop your phone in the toilet again. That you know that it is very likely that it will happen again.
Image of tortilla chips with silica gel bag | John de Leo (Epicurious)
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