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Tricks for using silica gel in the kitchen

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Surely on more than one occasion you have needed some foods They are preserved much better without so much humidity. Do you live in an area with high humidity? Now you can use something that we have at our disposal, and it's just a matter of getting used to saving it for moments like these. Don't miss the tricks to use silica gel in cooking, to better preserve those foods that must remain dry.

Many foods lose their characteristics or their guarantee when they have been touched by humidity. In these cases we use homemade measures, such as rice or absorbent paper. But there are bags of silica gel that can work wonders, especially if they came with an order and you thought of saving them instead of throwing them away.

These bags come in the shape of white or transparent balls, created from sodium silicate, whose power is to absorb up to a 40% of the surrounding humidity. But one thing must be clear: these bags can be toxic in contact with food, so it is best to opt for silica gel that is suitable for food use.

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Keep in mind that Humidity greatly spoils the composition of food. This fact greatly favors the appearance of fungi, mold and the proliferation of bacteria, especially in fresh foods that are of natural origin.

How to use these bags?

Well, this idea is great to put these bags inside products susceptible to humidity, such as sugar, salt or in legumes, etc. Above all, in many perishable foods and those that can spoil in humid environments: nuts, dehydrated mushrooms, snacks, aromatic herbs, pastries or pastry preparations with sugar, dehydrated seaweed...

Tricks for using silica gel in the kitchen

Do silica gel beads go bad? These balls hold a lot of water, but they can swell when they have absorbed a lot of moisture. If you want to dehydrate them again, you just have to spread them on a tray with parchment paper and dehydrate them in the oven for a few minutes at 200°, until you see that they have deflated. But this arrangement can only be supported by some formats, since there are other beads that when they turn white they stop being effective. They do not even accept temperatures higher than 150°.

If it's not difficult to get these bags you can buy them in packages, since individually they are very affordable in price and you can use them for many things, not just for food use. There are examples on the internet, where you can buy packages of 80 bags for 12 euros.

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