WHАT ІЅ NІTRОUЅ ОXІDЕ?
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a chemical compound, commonly known as laughing gas or whippets. This colorless, non-flammable gas has a slightly sweet odor and taste with no irritating effects when inhaled. It is typically used in medicine for its mild anesthetic effects. Additionally, it is a major greenhouse gas in the earth’s atmosphere. When used for whipping cream, the sweet taste of nitrous oxide gas does not affect the flavor. The nitrous dissolves into the cream’s fat and expands to create the whipping or foaming of the cream.
IS NITROUS OXIDE SAFE?
Nitrous oxide chargers should not present a hazard if properly stored, opened, and disposed of. The chargers should only be opened with approved devices from our website as to avoid any injury. Only dispose of chargers which have been emptied completely. The whipped cream dispenser should be emptied before removing the top for cleaning. Chargers should never be stored in an environment which exceeds 122º Fahrenheit (50º Celsius). Always store chargers out of reach of children.
BRІЕF HІЅTОRУ ОF N2O.
Nitrous oxide is a synthesized gas that was discovered in the late 18th century and has been in use medically for over 150 years. The gas was shown to prevent pain and discomfort during minor dental procedures. Today, nitrous oxide is commonplace in the dental and medical community, and is listed on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines. Additionally, it is used in rocket and vehicle racing engines. The presence of N2O in engines provides more oxygen than air alone and creates a more powerful combustion while being non-flammable. Finally, it is an approved food additive, particularly as an aerosol spray propellant. Common culinary uses of nitrous oxide include whipped cream chargers, cooking sprays, and displacement of oxygen in bags of snack food.
HOW DO I USE N2O CHARGERS?
Nitrous oxide chargers are a simple and easy way to create delicious whipped cream. They are used primarily for culinary purposes, and chefs often use them to create foams not limited to whipped cream. When the cream is dispensed from a whipped cream canister, the nitrous oxide gas binds with the various stabilizing agents in the cream, including fats, gelatins, and other trace components. When the cream encounters oxygen, a foam is created. A similar process occurs when hand whipping cream, as nitrogen gas binds to the fats while whisking. Nitrous oxide chargers make the whipping process faster, easier, and more consistent. The dispenser must be shaken after screwing on a new nitrous oxide charger to create optimal whipped cream. It is also important to not overfill the dispenser to leave room for the gas. Do not use CO2 soda chargers to create whipped cream, as the liquid will carbonate and not foam.
HOW DO I DISPOSE OF EMPTY CANISTERS?
All steel N2O and CO2 chargers are recyclable. Please contact your local recycling program for more information on safely disposing of steel canisters.
HОW LОNG DОЕЅ EACH СHАRGЕR LАЅT FОR?
Nitrous oxide chargers themselves never expire. The charger must be replaced after one full dispenser of cream is used. For the casual user, one charger can last for months. In a professional kitchen or café setting, three to five chargers can be used per day.
MЕDІСАL USES АND АРРLІСАTІОN ОF N2O?
One of the most common uses of nitrous oxide is in medicine, particularly dentistry. Commonly known as “laughing gas”, N2O is typically used as a mild anesthetic to numb pain during dental procedures. It is inhaled through a small mask that fits over the nose.
IЅ NITROUS OXIDE LЕGАL?
Nitrous oxide chargers are safe and legal when used for food preparation. Our nitrous oxide chargers are meant solely for culinary purposes and are not intended for other uses. Nitrous oxide chargers are not restricted in the United States when used for food prep.
WHAT ARE THЕ ЕFFЕСTЅ ОF СОNЅUMІNG NІTRОUЅ OXIDE?
Nitrous oxide chargers are legal in the United States. However, federal laws are in place to prevent distribution to minors and for recreational use. When the gas is directly inhaled, it causes a euphoric feeling, light headedness, numbness, and at times auditory and/or visual hallucinations. Some dangers of recreational nitrous oxide use are oxygen deprivation, loss of motor control, nausea, and frost bite. Nitrous oxide should not be inhaled directly from a charger, as frequent use can cause brain damage. For prolonged use, such as in dental procedures, it is mixed with oxygen (N2O-O2) to prevent harmful effects to the brain.
WHAT IS THE BЕЅT WАУ TО ЅTОRЕ CHARGERS?
Nitrous oxide chargers are easy to store. They should be kept at room temperature, specifically in a place that does not exceed 122º Fahrenheit (50º Celsius). Chargers should be kept out of reach of children.
WHAT ARE SOME USES OF N2O IN MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY?
In the culinary world, nitrous oxide chargers are not used solely for whipping cream. Chefs are using chargers to create innovative dishes and garnishes. These foods includes fluffy batters and cakes, mousses, savory foams (espuma), aerated sauces, and much more.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN USING N2O IN A DISPENSER vs HAND-WHIPPED CREAM?
When using nitrous oxide chargers, whipped cream is produced at four times the volume of the liquid cream as opposed to twice the volume when hand whipping. The gas dissolves quickly into the fat compounds in the cream until it leaves the canister, where interaction creates the foam. Therefore, using chargers is a much faster alternative to hand whipping cream. The volume can vary based on the fat content and pressure used with the cream. Nitrous oxide chargers produce whipped cream with a lighter consistency and taste. Unlike hand-whipped cream, nitrous oxide chargers keep the cream in a contained space within the dispenser. Therefore, the growth of bacteria is decelerated as oxygen is not able to interact with the cream prior to dispensing the liquid.