Getting to Know N2O
So in the previous blog posts, recipes aside, we’ve started to discuss what nitrous or N2O is and what its applications are within the culinary realm, but in this article we’re going to explore nitrous on a fundamental level. We will take a magnifying glass to nitrogen, nos, and other similar variations and what the differences are between nitrous oxide and its similarly named cousins in order to better understand why this glass is the top choice for chefs around the world.
Is N2O The Same As No2?
Nitrogen oxide is a term that’s frequently used to describe a group of gasses that includes nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, as well as nitrogen trioxide. Nitric oxide is the colorless, tasteless compound that chefs and culinary enthusiasts around the world choose to utilize to enhance their dishes, while nitrogen dioxide is a brown-red gas that stinks in a blatant manner.
Nitrogen trioxide is an oxidizing agent that isn’t flammable on its own, but could prove combustible if added to explosive materials.
Is N2O Acidic Or Basic?
Nitrous or N2O is a unique gas in the sense that it is completely neutral, meaning that it has no properties of the basic or acidic gasses. This also means that when reacted with acids or bases salts do not form as a reactive element. This is what allows the gas to have both a neutral taste and flavor when applied to different culinary elements including dairy.
Is NOS The Same As Nitrogen?
This is another common misconception. Many of our customers have asked: “can I make nitro cold brews with whipped cream chargers” and the answer is yes! Although different coffee shops and pubs choose to utilize nitrogen kegs to pump the cold brew or regular brew into the cups of their patrons, single use whipped cream chargers can still be utilized for single serving drinks like at home nitro brews!
The difference here is a nitrogen versus nitrous infusion, though both gasses produce nearly the same results they still hold minute differences. Nitrogen is a standalone gas that is completely tasteless and odorless. It can be potentially harmful to humans as it can replace the oxygen in your blood and cause suffocation.
As far as nitrous, NOS, or N2O is concerned, you’re looking at nitrogen dioxide. This is the slightly sweet, mostly flavorless and tasteless gas that’s used as a culinary additive. This substance can be harmful to humans if it is repeatedly inhaled, as it can cause similar reactions as nitrogen in the aforementioned paragraph: depletion of oxygen within your blood supply.
As you may have noticed, the terminology and slang used to identify nitrous oxide can be pretty confusing! Another fact to help solidify the difference in your minds is that nitrogen is an inert gas that comprises 78% of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Why is N2O Harmful To The Environment?
N2O makes up 5% of the global greenhouse effect which means that every time more is released into the atmosphere, regardless of the means by which it gets there, it is assisting in the breakdown of the stratospheric zone. On average, the EPA states that gasses like this remain trapped in the stratosphere for up to 114 years and during this time the gas traps heat and absorbs radiation.
In this case, our suggestion would simply be to minimize waste and use only what you need! The metal canisters that become the waste of the single use whipped cream infusions can add up, so invest in tanks instead. There is no way to completely eliminate the greenhouse effects produced by this product, but we can minimize our waste and utilize only the nitrogen based products that we need.
Is N2O An Addictive?
If misused and abused as an inhalant instead of the expressed purpose of whipped cream infusions, N2O has the probability of becoming an addictive substance. In this case, the N2O binds to opiod receptors and breaks down the blood brain barrier, which can later be the root cause of MS in abusers of N2O.
Although this is a possibility, when compared to other addictive substances N2O hardly compares, as it features a relatively low potential for addiction and abuse. In the case studies reviewed, the decision to conduct broader studies was made insofar that the groups studied were too small to make an overall ruling on addictive potential.
Is Nitrous Bad For Your Brain?
Overexposure to nitrous oxide, again not the expressed use of Galaxy Gas or any other whipped cream infusions, can become incredibly toxic to an individual. In cases of N2O toxicity, vitamin B12 is depleted and bone marrow and brain function are inhibited. This is due to the manner in which nitrous oxide breaks down the blood brain barrier and disrupts the brains function and physical faculties.
Overall, if you abuse nitrous oxide you may deal with later ramifications and potentially even disease like MS. This is due to the aforementioned blood-brain barrier breakdown and the effects of vitamin B12 depletion.
The Top Three Whipped Cream Infusion Products
Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Chargers
Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Chargers are made to improve your culinary experience by making the production of whipped cream and infused dishes efficient and simple. Each Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Charger contains 8 grams of pure nitrous oxide encased in stainless steel. By using stainless steel casing, Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Chargers will keep the flavor profiles of your infused dishes and beverages, as well as whipped cream, at the forefront without interference of industrial taste like most aluminum chargers. Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Chargers are now available in your choice of 24, 50, or 100 packs to best suit your culinary preferences!
Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Dispenser
The Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Dispenser stainless steel dispenser is an exceptional tool needed in any chef's kitchen, coffee shop, or franchise! The Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Dispenser is a quintessential component of producing fresh whipped cream or infused dishes with precision and efficiency. This Whipped Cream Dispenser has the ability to create a wide range of infused dishes, hot or cold, including mousses, soups, sauces, dressings, and many more! With the Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Dispenser, you can relish in light, voluminous recipes and toppings.
Galaxy Gas Infusion Singles Blueberry Mango
Galaxy Gas Infusion Singles Blueberry Mango Whipped Cream Chargers are made to improve your culinary experience by making the production of whipped cream and infused dishes efficient and simple, with a great dash of flavor! Each Galaxy Gas Infusion Single Whipped Cream Charger contains 8 grams of pure nitrous oxide encased in stainless steel. By using stainless steel casing, these Whipped Cream Chargers will keep the flavor profiles of your infused dishes and beverages at the forefront without interference of industrial tastes. Galaxy Gas Infusion Whipped Cream Chargers are now available in your choice of 50 or 100 packs with delightful flavor choices to best suit your culinary preferences!
Galaxy Gas Pressure Regulator & Hose
The Galaxy Gas Pressure Regulator and Hose are essential components to the Infusion XL 0.95L Tank. The Pressure Regulator allows you to adjust the pressure of released nitrous oxide to suit your preferences during infusion and production! With the use of a regulator, you can effectively implement proper portion control with ultimate precision while avoiding excess gas that would usually go to waste. To use the pressure regulator, you simply connect the hose between Infusion XL Tank and your whipped cream dispenser to get started, By using the Galaxy Gas Pressure Regulator and Hose, you are able to infuse beverages and dishes, or produce whipped topping, for large crowds of dinner guests and customers with efficiency and precision!
Galaxy Gas Infusion XL 1100g Tank
The Galaxy Gas Infusion XL 1100g Tank is the perfect asset for all caterers and high volume franchises to have for dinner rushes and maximum capacity events. The nitrous oxide tank is able to hold 1100 grams of nitrous oxide and must be paired with a regulator for optimal performance. As the regulator works in unison with the Galaxy Gas Infusion XL 1100g Tank, you'll experience consistent results of fluffy whipped cream with every dispense. The Galaxy Gas Infusion XL 1100g Tank is bound to make all rushes and high volume times a breeze!
Supreme Whip Single Use Chargers
Nowadays nothing seems complete without a little extra sweet fluff on top! Supreme Whip Cream Chargers are here to make your life a little lighter and sweeter. SupremeWhip Cream Chargers are fueled with 8.2 grams of nitrous oxide, N2O, which is a colorless, non-flammable gas and gives off a slightly sweet odor, making it the perfect propellant for making whipped cream! Our brands of Whip Cream Chargers are 100% compatible with most standard screw valve dispensers, including Special Blue. These steel cylinder chargers are the best for making fluffy, creamy foam. Shop now! Available in 24 pack or 50 pack.
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