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Making food that lasts forever
- Published on Mar 25, 2023 veröffentlicht
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Over the last several years, I have experienced many traumatic events. However, with the power of science, I hope to never have to experience this ever again.
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This man has pretty much every type of equipment he needs for chemistry but has to cut pizza with a spoon.
Spoon the pizza 'cause no knife
He definitely has knives, too.
@Kain Yusanagi that caught me so off guard 😂
Either that or he's lazy like me some times where I can't be arsed to wash up a knife 🤣
NileRed: Takes all precautions to make sure there are no accidents
NileBlue: Directly pours liquid nitrogen into a plastic bin
NileGreen: let’s nuke things
Nileyellow: destroys the universe
NileWhite: tictok dances when mixing combustible chemicals
NileBlack: is literally just depressed
Nilepurple: just Nilered but stoned out of his mind
NileBlue in the future: "I don't want to lose anymore of my friends, so I found a way to preserve them."
"hmmm, he's like 90% of what he once was"
...which is actually why A.I. girlfriends were created.
@Alkeryn...yeah, but that last 10% is really important.
@Matthew Writer kind of my point haha.
Flash freeze your best friend!
Nigel and his cameraman's interactions are my favorite part, they have such good chemistry
Bro he's just stealing his food lol
i see what you did there
Ba dum tssss
I feel like when Nigel walks into the office with a plate of food for you to test without any context, you have reason to be concerned
They were probably wondering what kind of household items he managed to convert into rice and chicken.
@Laerin "He did _what_ in his cup?!"
@Laerin ”and what I have in here is latex gloves turned into chicken with rice made from balsa chips”
Reggie serves a critical function not only as the cameraman, but as the man who goes outside regularly enough to recognize a sin against nature while it is in progress.
NileRed is calm and collected, NileBlue is flash freezing a hole in your floor.
"Nice objective opinion. One small issue: I am flash-freezing your home."
More like a NileGreen video
NileRed is Gus Fring and NileBlue is Lalo Salamanca
I feel like I'm gonna need to talk to my therapist about how uncomfortable the words 'the chicken looks a bit glassy' make me feel
I hope you're able to work through such tough time in your life. Stay strong!!
I’ve had that happen. Didn’t want to eat it
0:50 "that's very sad"
Nileblue: food gets disgustingly freezer burnt
Also Nileblue: let's take food and freezer burn it until it's a cracker
Not the same…..
Not how it works
NileBlue leaving food reviews like "This is 100% edible"
This reminds me of when I got braces and I couldn't chew solid food, so my brother put pizza into a mixer. It was way too dry, so he poured in some water. By then it was cold, so he microwaved it.
but was it 100% edible?
Omg I almost threw up in my mouth a little
Mmmmm Pizza Juice
"Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them."
Pretty much sums up what Nigel's friends have to been through, stickiest smell ever.
Because of how Nile reacts to horrible smells, I don't trust him at all when he says, "It actually tastes fine".
I put my hamster in a sock and slammed it against the furniture.
@TippyHippy how many calories?
@Rituraj nah man it was atleast 28
This comment section is just 😘😘
I always wondered how freeze drying worked but never thought to read up on it for some reason. After this, I looked it up and found that there's a heavy amount of work done on "pretreating" food that is meant to be freeze-dried (such as for MRE's and meals for space travel). A lot of the time, it requires reformulation of the food to prevent alteration or degradation of the texture/flavor.
I never thought of the pretreating necessary to make foods able to be freeze dried. I had always assumed freeze-dried foods were simply chucked into a freeze dryer and bam. Thanks for the info!
I still want a freeze dryer though haha.
I think ideally you'd want to measure how much moisture is extracted from each meal, and use that to guide how much to add back in.
Also, I'm guessing separating some parts will make it easier to rehydrate them, using different techniques more suited for those parts.
Yeah, I figure you'd have to design a mechanism that measures it, as well as adds it back in, just for that to even really work.
And even if you design and build a machine like that, "done" food would need different amounts of moisture. It's like he said in the video with the "crushing" and the "one-way street" behavior of oven-heated food. Extracting water and then misting it back on doesn't work on the same principle.
Also the solution is actually kinda easy, but also a little painful: Freeze-dry the components. Not the entire meal, not even the cooked meal, just the chicken and the rice and so on. You could probably fully prepare and freeze the sauce itself, I guess.
This would obviously have the downside of just not tasting like your favorite restaurant's food and rather your own cooking, but it'd at least be edible in the end. In some ways disgustingly textured food you'd expect to be nostalgic would be worse than reimagining the food by cooking it yourself.
The reason the chicken fried rice is so heavy is because dry food fries better. For fried rice, places generally use day old rice so it's even drier because that separates the grains so they can dry. And with the chicken, if it was deep fried, that means that it sat in hot oil until the water bubbled out and was replaced with fat (which is more dense than water, so it ends up gaining mass, PLUS it won't evaporate from a simple vaccum).
Freeze dried fruit or ice cream is awesome, i love it. Feels like your biting into a block of chalk at first, but it just melts in your mouth. I imagine all these different things probably acted kind of the same way.
There are some really good editing moments here, props to the editor(s).
Nigel: Disappears to build his fancy new lab.
Also Nigel: Proceeds to ruin his lab with liquid N2.
Yeah, from memory the floor was some kind of elite ultra chemical resistant stuff, wasn't it? Or am I thinking of Breaking Bad.. Either way, I'm surprised that LN2 killed it so easily, over the years I have seen plenty of school and college teachers dump buckets of it on floors and carpets to no ill effect..
@Rob Kirke I may be completely wrong with this so take it with a grain of salt, but I assume the floor cracked because the liquid nitrogen was concentrated in a container on the floor. When you pour it directly on the floor, it spreads out, so it's more likely to pretty much immediately evaporate.
@Mario Mario Yeah, fair point. I guess being poured on a (relatively) warm floor would boil a lot of it away before the floor lost too much heat + also have some leidenfrost bounciness going on
You don't eat pizza with a spoon?
@Definitely not your dad Only when all the forks are dirty..
This is great, I've always wanted to try it. You can buy food sold as ex government bunker freeze dried food - rated for 20 years - it's also stored in an oxygen free container. They have anything from pound cake to avocados and pork chops. They have instructions on how to rehydrate also. Should definitely check it out
Where to buy these rations?
@Craig Robertson Surplus stores I think
Reggie: *genuinely concerned* “Why is it bending like that?”
17:56 “Non-cracker form”
Nigel is unique in using that phrase to describe food. Awesome 😂
I like how he just smiles through all his trauma
I want to see a follow up food dehydration video, refine your technique for freezing and rehydrating. Also look at how the professionals make food that is to be stored for long periods of time. Remember Space Food Sticks?
I sort of feel like the cracked and broken pizza is a pretty nice visual metaphor for Nigel trying so desperately to preserve his memories of childhood.
The harder you grasp....
@TheJunnutin ...the harder your pizza cracks. So true man
Good thing for me my childhood was too traumatizing for me to want to eat anything I ate as a child.
@Nuclear Cat Baby my one is a mixed experience.
Crunchy noodles I had with my grandma? Yes ofc
Broccoli omelette? F*ck no.
@Phantom Gato The foods I hate most are the foods I hated as a kid. I don’t hate any new foods as much as those.
As for foods I liked as a kid... like McDonald’s, I don’t like it anymore. Tastes a lot blander than it used to. Not sure if they changed the recipe or if my tastebuds just evolved. But apparently they stopped using lard when I was just a baby.
Nigel is the only kind of guy i have ever seen laughing upon a pizza slice floating on liquid nitrogen
Aaaand enjoy eating food dipped in liquid nitrogen and freeze dryed w/o rehydrating it
For rehydration without cooking you could do what Joel creates did and use a piezoelectric fogger to add moisture. Plus, it would look cool to pull food from the fog.
@Tsumugi you very funny 🤣.
I hope Nile does more weird cooking videos… I subscribed before realizing I probably shouldn’t expect this content from him but I’ll stay in hopes to see more!
Is it just me or is he gaining more confidence and humor with content?
it is not just you ! he's definitely adding in humor when before every thing was very instructional , have you seen his shorts ? they can be really funny lol but the shorts are clips from his videos I think
I've been dying of laughter watching these lately when he was making the chocolate, and it looked like 💩 I died of laughter, and it was only cause of how much he was laughing 😂
27:10 I really enjoyed this experiment. I remember eating astronaut food in the 80s from the space museums, and that never bothered me. Honestly, I think I’ll eat any freeze dried food when it came down to an emergency.
nigel is deffinitely the guy that would do all this instead of just learning how to cook the food yourself
@Hzul _ * that is his idea, but the idea of food rations is not bad especially nowadays for canning. And our upcoming food shortage.
for real. uber eats is a thing in Canada too
i would laughed SO hard if the Video would have been a factor sponsorship video :D
he even has the entire metal pot right there
To be fair, cooking is just another form of chemistry.
Understandable. I also made a cast of my girlfriend so I can enjoy her smile even if she gets hit by a car. Looking forward for future episodes of Cooking with NailGlue!
You too huh? Rock on, rock hard ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿
If NileRed walks into the room and offers some... food, i'd be very cautious indeed.
It may seem silly now, but this could genuinely be the future of food when we start exploring space for real
NileRed: amazing chemical transformations I can hardly understand
NileBlue: cuts pizza with a spoon
I have watched so much nilered that I was waiting for the ridiculousness to start for a solid 5 minutes.
I was legit thinking "huh, guess they ran out of ideas bc this sounds like something Nile would actually do". And then I checked the channel name. U accidentally made me laugh for the first time in the last 2 weeks. Thank you
he’s getting closer and closer to becoming a real life flint lockwood
What do you mean 'real life' that movie was a documentary right????
The chocolate video he made was just the beginning.
I think it was that nitrogen that made those things taste kind funny. Because this is pretty much otherwise quite similar to method that I heard about back in the days. If I remember the method right, just instead of pouring nitrogen over it you cool it to about 39F (which is where water takes least space and should reduce the crushing effect of crystals that form in the food once temperature goes below zero) and then youll start to vacuum dry it and subsequently once vacuum draws as much moisture as possible you'll reduce temperature enough to freeze dry it and then seal it in can, or other container immediately after. It is quite important to limit exposure to air moisture (cus those crystals anywhere on the food are like Vandals in Rome, completely ruining everything and even with most efficient methods youll never draw all the water out completely, but above said process can greatly reduce the damage). If all is done right, food can stay good for decades, or if properly stored in deep freeze, theoretically it can last even for centuries.
This being said, its been over 20yrs since we last talked about it with guy, who claimed to be one of the research team that was working on this stuff for army years back, so its all second hand knowledge and its possible I remember the method wrong.
And as for pizza, I think main reason for it going so horribly bad was that since it's basically just milk fat and protein, without water to buffer the temperature, proteins simply overheated and denatured upon contact with steam, since steam being steam is still just water heated to over 212F, which is more than enough to do such a thing along with oxidising milk fats (think burned butter, you don't need even boiling temperatures for it to start oxidise) especially considering that your average pizza cheese is about 40% water which otherwise is very efficient in insulating other cheese content.
Astronaut food. 😂 🚀
Nile Red/Blue ideas would be great for the Umbrella Corporation.
They are always fresh and new.
I love that you used a spoon to cut the pizza. Of all the things Nile could use.
That hit hard, one thing i still cannot get over is how my childhood favorite restaurant just closed one day suddenly!
I like to think that Nile's weak sense of taste and smell come from his childhood chemistry experiments in his parents' garage
Remember when he did the bad smelling stuff and was unfazed while his cameraman was dying? Yeah
Like, taste is still highly related to smell, so it's kinda expected his sense of taste would be lessened
@Nick Even The Unstopable Camera Man was dying, how's that possible that's against all rules we've understood
His sense of smell and taste buds are definitely toasted
nigel's food sufferings are very relatable.
Whenever I watch Nilered, everything he says I understand and can follow thru with ease, Nileblue i cant take anything he says seriously and just laughing along the way
the one question i have is what does this process do to the nutritional value of the food? and thank you for reawakening the inner geek in me. much love
I never thought I'd see a solid floor crack through the sheer cold of liquid nitrogen
I've never laughed so hard him trying the food got me dying
as informative and polished as the content on NileRed is, i genuinely enjoy the unhinged, fuck around and find out direction NileBlue has taken. NileRed is what you publish to a scientific paper, and NileBlue is what you actually did in the lab screwing around while you waited on reactions and instruments to finish running 😂
Woah you're lucky dude
I strongly prefer NileRed, but I also understand how hard it is to produce that content.
Just wait till you hear about NileGreen
And NileGreen is when you end up drunk in the lab
NileRed in the streets
NileBlue in the sheets
hahahaha i love this guy always brings a smile to my face and knowledge to my brain. thank you nile for all the joy you bring into my life :)
What you should have done is weigh the food before freeze drying, then compare it to the dry weight, and use that to calculate how much water you needed to add back!
Fascinating as always :-) maybe weighing before and after freeze-drying should give you an idea how much water is needed to re-hydrate 🙂
You should have taken the mass before and after to determine how much water was lost, then use a humidifier to reintroduce that same mass of water
Nilered sure knows how to rehydrate a pizza
nigel: makes grape soda from gloves
also nigel: cuts pizza with a spoon
i was surprised it wasn't a hammer.
@Dani Syx I was surprised it wasn't hydrochloride acid.
Okay so in a few years, I think there's a very real chance we're going to hear of a real life Mr. Freeze that needs to save food instead of a sick wife
There was this video where the guy (Joel Creates) created a contraption that generates water vapor, and he used that to rehydrate toast back into bread. I think you could probably rehydrate the food with something like that which doesn't introduce heat to the rehydrating.
It must be scary when you work for chemistry youtuber and he walks in with weird looking food and tells you to test it hahha
Freeze drying that chicken and rice went a lot smoother than I thought it would’ve
More interested in knowing if it's possible to preserve the ingredients of these separately, then actually reconstitute them separately and put them together. I've heard things like cheese, cooked rice, etc. actually do fine on their own.
Nile is the only person who can say, ‘that’s the worst thing I’ve ever tasted’ with a straight face and continuing to chew.
I gotta give the man credit, he always willing to taste whatever travesty he makes
He really isn't...
Me too. I take it as an experience instead of spitting out bad food.
@Caitlin P then you literally have watched none of his videos
@Caitlin Pjust look at the worst smelling video, he didn’t even care, he’s like hmmmm smells like like throw up and continues to smell it
Nile literally had a Heinz Doofenshmirtzin moment explaining the sad problems he is facing and used the power of science to solve it
is it just me or does somebody else feel like making chips/crisps with a bunch of flavours now as soon as i heard the pizza crunch i wanted to hear it made into seasoning xD
I've messed around with a freeze dryer. Ice cream was weird but the secret is perfecting the rehydration in order to not change the taste.
The way he describes it in the beginning is like how my biomedical ethics teacher would start a conversation about human cryogenic preservation.
Watching Nile videos just feels like watching Dr. Stone live action!
My man is grieving this chicken chipotle wrap more than I've seen people grieve family members
I know, right? At first, I got worried that he's about to talk about something really sad and serious, and then he goes "cHiCkEn cHiPotLe wrAP". I love this dude.
I get it. McDonalds is such a source of reliability, change is shocking. I have a friend who went on a killing spree after McDonalds changed dollar drink days to "summer drink days".
to be fair i dont think it'd be good to make a video on freeze drying family members, thats reserved for Walt Disney
The stresses of life get infinitely worse when your comfort food is gone lol
If this man is able to become a successful chemist then I am able to do literally anything in life.
I think you need now to figure out a way to make a food grade humidifier that doesn't run at high Temps so you avoid cooking the freeze dried food. After you moisturize the food then you reheat the food to an acceptable level and serve
I think the only way to get the water back in there for the non-.soup stuff without all the side-effects, is if you pull another vacuum on it, and let water vapour in at a high concentration (like... 50%) to force the food to absorb it very quickly. Just like it left :D
When he wanted to freeze it I started LAUGHING bc he just casually pulled a tank full of nitrogen 😂
All the childhood food I remember and care about is the cooking of my Mother and Grandmother! Thats what I would freeze so I could enjoy it for the rest of my days!!! To late for my Grandmother though :( I cherish every memory at the table!!!
"Putting food in the freezer gives it freezer burn and I think that's bad"
Also Nigel: *busts out liquid nitrogen*
Liquid nitrogen makes amazing ice cream because it's flash frozen.
Different size ice crystals from liquid nitrogen or your home freezer
I've never seen a chemist spill as much stuff as nile
This is the most simple and violent way to enjoy food I have seen 😂
Nilered: Okay, we better not let this stinky gas to anyone.
I love how a chemist just eats fast food lol. I’d assume you have a Rube Goldberg machine that cooks you food or something
NileRed cooking is the funniest content and I love it, please keep making more cooking with science videos.
There's something horrifying about Nile pouring water onto the chicken and commenting, *"It's so thirsty"*
Even after death...
For a Halloween special he could feed it drops of his own blood and watch it resurrect into Count Squawkula. I mean Chickenstein's monster. Night of the Chicken Heads?
We have a blast freezer (or hardening cabinet) at work. It freezes our ice cream to -30 degrees in ~20 minutes. It prevents ice crystals from forming in the ice cream. I think it would definitely help your process.
Spraying the liquid nitrogen through an atomiser nozzle (so it evaporates in the air) would be a fairly simple way to make a blast freezer.
Would it be a welcome surprise to actually see that five years from now Nigel would upload a video to eat test the cracker pizza or something, right?
Man, I remember the watching him when he was working from his garage. He used almost Every. Single. Precaution. Now the man has a full blown lab with a fume hood and dumps nitrogen on his shoes. I love it
what if you harvest the ice thats collected under the freeze dryer and when re hydrating, place it with the food item in a ziploc bag and sousvide it? i imagine it might work better if you can control the temperature + if its rehydrated with its original liquid it might taste closer to the original than rehydrating it with plain water.
I know I'm late to the party but I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one destroyed over mc Donald's getting rid of the chicken wrap, literally the only reason I went there
regular people: gets the recipes for their favorite foods
neil: imortal food
neil nye the science guy
wait that makes much more sense
This gives me hope that maybe food on the first Mars mission won't totally suck.
I appreciate this video simply because I was literally saying a bit ago how I’ve never actually seen the liquid of liquid nitrogen before because of all the vapour. The content is great too lol obviously
At this point, I wonder if he can taste the difference between michelin star food and good food
Maybe if you steam it in a pressure cooker for a short time instead of steaming it for a long time? Since a vacuum was pulled during the freeze drying? Or, if you could cool the water down a lot, put it in a strong container and then just warm that up to like 90 degrees or something, so it's not hot enough to cook but the air can hold some moisture
For a short while you could buy in local shops freeze dried cheese cubes mixed with macadamia nuts. It was really tasty but they discontinued that line. A lot of camping shops sell freeze dried meals.
NileRed is the chemistry channel while NileBlue is the alchemy channel
I fully agree with this statement
Alchemy is just chemistry but 90% more unhinged, so yes
these foods are fun but it would've been interesting to do something kind of practical along with them, like beans or peas or something
This is awesome and I’ve thought about this before!! The steamer is a bit aggressive I think. I was thinking if you did the opposite of the drying process. And put it in a pressure cooker with a very small amount of moisture in the chamber. Like maybe a 30% to 48% moisture based on the mass of the dried food. Because most food contains a moisture percentage of around that much. Just a though!!! Thanks Nile!!
I wish to see the solid foods like the pizza rehydrated with joel create's Reverse Toaster.
I would say regeneration needs lower temperature, for longer. I'd guess around 65~70°C 90~95% humidity, or maybe a cycle between saturated/mist and not saturated.
And then, depending on the dish, some amount of time at 90~120°C to dry out the outside a little bit so it's not soggy.
Reggie knows what's up - mad respect 😂
Nile: Has almost every chemistry tool he will ever need
Also Nile: uses spoon to cut the pizza
@ABG murrell you realize that two different people can have the same idea
@Edgy Anole he the copyright police
I'm curious as to how different it would be if he didn't soak all the food in liquid nitrogen first
If it is a bit dry, I think you might need to rehydrate it more. Maybe a bit more often inside a bag or bowl?
I never thought I would see a Gigi's pizzeria pizza being dunked in liquid nitrogen.
Yall should make a sequel and try to refine this process and make the food better