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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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  • Max Boskeljon
    Max Boskeljon 2 months ago +33606

    This man has pretty much every type of equipment he needs for chemistry but has to cut pizza with a spoon.

    • Jada Z
      Jada Z 2 months ago +665

      Spoon the pizza 'cause no knife

    • Kain Yusanagi
      Kain Yusanagi 2 months ago +664

      He definitely has knives, too.

    • V. T.
      V. T. 2 months ago +173

      @Kain Yusanagi that caught me so off guard 😂

    • chillydickie
      chillydickie 2 months ago +63

      Because science!!!

    • spencer layne
      spencer layne 2 months ago +114

      Either that or he's lazy like me some times where I can't be arsed to wash up a knife 🤣

  • Trent T
    Trent T Month ago +2924

    NileRed: Takes all precautions to make sure there are no accidents
    NileBlue: Directly pours liquid nitrogen into a plastic bin

    • long hui
      long hui Month ago +209

      NileGreen: let’s nuke things

    • StarWolf Animations
      StarWolf Animations Month ago +93

      Nileyellow: destroys the universe

    • MistusLordus
      MistusLordus Month ago +91

      NileWhite: tictok dances when mixing combustible chemicals

    • coolio
      coolio Month ago +61

      NileBlack: is literally just depressed

    • Ishaan Harry
      Ishaan Harry Month ago +68

      Nilepurple: just Nilered but stoned out of his mind

  • Mis7erSeven
    Mis7erSeven Month ago +944

    NileBlue in the future: "I don't want to lose anymore of my friends, so I found a way to preserve them."

    • Alkeryn
      Alkeryn Month ago +114

      "hmmm, he's like 90% of what he once was"

    • Matthew Writer
      Matthew Writer Month ago +15

      ...which is actually why A.I. girlfriends were created.

    • Matthew Writer
      Matthew Writer Month ago +8

      @Alkeryn...yeah, but that last 10% is really important.

    • Alkeryn
      Alkeryn Month ago +1

      @Matthew Writer kind of my point haha.

    • Aero01
      Aero01 7 days ago +4

      Flash freeze your best friend!

  • Medweds Creepytrash
    Medweds Creepytrash 8 days ago +472

    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.

    • Pedro Arjona
      Pedro Arjona 5 days ago +19

      But He wouldn't stop it, no matter what. He is even willing to partake.

    • Sh3ik Mustafa
      Sh3ik Mustafa 3 days ago +7


  • The Inedible Muffin
    The Inedible Muffin Month ago +1162

    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

    • Laerin
      Laerin Month ago +85

      They were probably wondering what kind of household items he managed to convert into rice and chicken.

    • topeye
      topeye Month ago +27

      @Laerin "He did _what_ in his cup?!"

    • Matts Lantis
      Matts Lantis Month ago +43

      @Laerin ”and what I have in here is latex gloves turned into chicken with rice made from balsa chips”

    • blasted
      blasted 6 hours ago

      ​@Matts Lantis "here i turned a uranium-235 into a garlic ricebowl with terriyaki sauce beef and chicken"

  • XtR
    XtR Month ago +1073

    Nigel and his cameraman's interactions are my favorite part, they have such good chemistry

  • Cheesi
    Cheesi 2 months ago +3848

    NileRed is calm and collected, NileBlue is flash freezing a hole in your floor.

    • Cpt. Wolf
      Cpt. Wolf 2 months ago +374

      "Nice objective opinion. One small issue: I am flash-freezing your home."

    • Yusni5127
      Yusni5127 2 months ago +47

      More like a NileGreen video

    • Coyote0874
      Coyote0874 2 months ago +42

      NileRed is Gus Fring and NileBlue is Lalo Salamanca

  • Michael Trees
    Michael Trees Month ago +562

    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

    • Neo One
      Neo One Month ago +20

      I hope you're able to work through such tough time in your life. Stay strong!!

    • Blake M
      Blake M Month ago +1

      I’ve had that happen. Didn’t want to eat it

    • Joshua Patterson
      Joshua Patterson 10 days ago +4

      0:50 "that's very sad"

  • Scooby Doobies
    Scooby Doobies Month ago +234

    NileBlue leaving food reviews like "This is 100% edible"

  • Edgardo Lianno
    Edgardo Lianno 8 days ago +59

    Reggie: *genuinely concerned* “Why is it bending like that?”
    Nile: *laughs*

  • Risser
    Risser Month ago +349

    Nileblue: food gets disgustingly freezer burnt
    Also Nileblue: let's take food and freezer burn it until it's a cracker

    • j p
      j p Month ago +16

      Not the same…..

    • TS-7864
      TS-7864 Month ago +12

      Not how it works

  • Ramo
    Ramo Month ago +128

    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.

  • Rachel Gilyard
    Rachel Gilyard 2 months ago +1598

    Because of how Nile reacts to horrible smells, I don't trust him at all when he says, "It actually tastes fine".

    • TippyHippy
      TippyHippy 2 months ago +65

      I put my hamster in a sock and slammed it against the furniture.

    • Blazey
      Blazey 2 months ago +120

      @TippyHippy how many calories?

    • Rituraj
      Rituraj 2 months ago +16

      @Blazey 27

    • Random clips
      Random clips 2 months ago +15

      ​@Rituraj nah man it was atleast 28

    • not nobody
      not nobody 2 months ago +23

      This comment section is just 😘😘

  • Sami Sheikh
    Sami Sheikh 12 days ago +14

    Nile literally had a Heinz Doofenshmirtzin moment explaining the sad problems he is facing and used the power of science to solve it

  • Choi Yat Lam
    Choi Yat Lam Month ago +83

    "Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them."
    Pretty much sums up what Nigel's friends have to been through, stickiest smell ever.

    • Morningstar
      Morningstar 4 days ago +3

      The real adversity is Nigel eating his friends food in front of him

  • NeoTenic
    NeoTenic Month ago +99

    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.

    • Fulgar~
      Fulgar~ Month ago +11

      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.

  • Alexis Harper
    Alexis Harper Month ago +37

    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).

  • Martin Finnerup
    Martin Finnerup Month ago +46

    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.

    • Phazz
      Phazz 6 days ago

      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.

    • Luminolic_Black
      Luminolic_Black 3 days ago +1

      Just measure the original total mass and add water to the dry food until the total mass is equal to the original.

    • 9553shadow
      9553shadow 19 hours ago

      @Luminolic_Black yea buy you also need to account for any lost pieces if the food shatters after drying.

    • Luminolic_Black
      Luminolic_Black 19 hours ago

      @9553shadow I don't think the pieces which can be lost are going to be big enough to matter...

  • suedoe スー・ドウ
    suedoe スー・ドウ 2 months ago +1303

    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.

    • TheJunnutin
      TheJunnutin 2 months ago +69

      The harder you grasp....

    • Halo Mika
      Halo Mika 2 months ago +87

      ​@TheJunnutin ...the harder your pizza cracks. So true man

    • Nuclear Cat Baby
      Nuclear Cat Baby 2 months ago +4

      Good thing for me my childhood was too traumatizing for me to want to eat anything I ate as a child.

    • Phantom Gato
      Phantom Gato 2 months ago +3

      @Nuclear Cat Baby my one is a mixed experience.
      Crunchy noodles I had with my grandma? Yes ofc
      Broccoli omelette? F*ck no.

    • Nuclear Cat Baby
      Nuclear Cat Baby 2 months ago +3

      @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.

  • OnGoing Switch
    OnGoing Switch 13 days ago +22

    I like how he just smiles through all his trauma

  • ctdieselnut
    ctdieselnut Month ago +48

    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.

  • Kirsten Golnaz
    Kirsten Golnaz 16 days ago +16

    There are some really good editing moments here, props to the editor(s).

  • Scott Bruner
    Scott Bruner Month ago +18

    17:56 “Non-cracker form”
    Nigel is unique in using that phrase to describe food. Awesome 😂

  • Lucy H
    Lucy H Month ago +4

    It may seem silly now, but this could genuinely be the future of food when we start exploring space for real

  • raging willie
    raging willie 2 months ago +1564

    nigel: makes grape soda from gloves
    also nigel: cuts pizza with a spoon

    • Dani Syx
      Dani Syx 2 months ago +28

      i was surprised it wasn't a hammer.

    • Vexia
      Vexia 2 months ago +18

      ​@Dani Syx I was surprised it wasn't hydrochloride acid.

  • 7even
    7even Month ago +10

    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.

  • CyberPirate2008
    CyberPirate2008 Month ago +9

    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?

  • 2 Brain Cells and 1 Opinion

    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!

  • Weaverbe
    Weaverbe Month ago +3

    I've never seen a chemist spill as much stuff as nile

  • Maihak
    Maihak Month ago +5

    That hit hard, one thing i still cannot get over is how my childhood favorite restaurant just closed one day suddenly!

  • George Janzen
    George Janzen 2 months ago +2665

    Nigel: Disappears to build his fancy new lab.
    Also Nigel: Proceeds to ruin his lab with liquid N2.

    • Rob Kirke
      Rob Kirke 2 months ago +93

      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..

    • Mario Mario
      Mario Mario 2 months ago +116

      @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.

    • Rob Kirke
      Rob Kirke 2 months ago +29

      @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

    • Definitely not your dad
      Definitely not your dad 2 months ago +9

      You don't eat pizza with a spoon?

    • Rob Kirke
      Rob Kirke 2 months ago +5

      @Definitely not your dad Only when all the forks are dirty..

  • Casey Kahler
    Casey Kahler 19 days ago +3

    I love that you used a spoon to cut the pizza. Of all the things Nile could use.

  • SSJ Killluah
    SSJ Killluah 9 days ago +3

    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

  • Bib B
    Bib B Month ago +5

    I never thought I'd see a solid floor crack through the sheer cold of liquid nitrogen

  • Random Internet Guy
    Random Internet Guy Month ago +7

    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

  • NoG Inc
    NoG Inc 7 days ago

    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 :)

  • firekeeper
    firekeeper 2 months ago +1020

    "Putting food in the freezer gives it freezer burn and I think that's bad"
    Also Nigel: *busts out liquid nitrogen*

    • Carrie Mansfield
      Carrie Mansfield 2 months ago +62

      Liquid nitrogen makes amazing ice cream because it's flash frozen.

    • Oprean Trifan Mircea
      Oprean Trifan Mircea 2 months ago +33

      Different size ice crystals from liquid nitrogen or your home freezer

  • Thamiri Vonjaahri
    Thamiri Vonjaahri Month ago +4

    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.

  • Tammy Lynn
    Tammy Lynn Month ago +4

    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

  • Last Name First Name
    Last Name First Name Month ago +1

    nigel's food sufferings are very relatable.

  • vyzell
    vyzell Month ago +2

    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

  • Kyle Anderson
    Kyle Anderson Month ago +3

    I've never laughed so hard him trying the food got me dying

  • Nelson Capehart
    Nelson Capehart 2 months ago +2708

    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 😂

    • abhishek sinha
      abhishek sinha 2 months ago +5

      Woah you're lucky dude

    • cparks1000000
      cparks1000000 2 months ago +27

      I strongly prefer NileRed, but I also understand how hard it is to produce that content.

    • H
      H 2 months ago +65

      Just wait till you hear about NileGreen

    • Someone404
      Someone404 2 months ago +49

      And NileGreen is when you end up drunk in the lab

    • It's Teebz!
      It's Teebz! 2 months ago +35

      NileRed in the streets
      NileBlue in the sheets

  • Clifton Norton
    Clifton Norton 8 days ago +1

    Fascinating as always :-) maybe weighing before and after freeze-drying should give you an idea how much water is needed to re-hydrate 🙂

  • Dragon7722
    Dragon7722 Month ago +4

    If NileRed walks into the room and offers some... food, i'd be very cautious indeed.

  • William Jones
    William Jones 2 days ago

    I love this channel. It's like hanging out with my brother-in-law if he wasn't dangerously irresponsible.

  • ᴜᴍʙʀᴇʟʟᴀ ᴄᴏʀᴩ.™

    Astronaut food. 😂 🚀
    Nile Red/Blue ideas would be great for the Umbrella Corporation.
    They are always fresh and new.

  • Shawn Goh
    Shawn Goh 25 days ago +1

    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.

  • Scott Robertson
    Scott Robertson 2 months ago +1605

    I like to think that Nile's weak sense of taste and smell come from his childhood chemistry experiments in his parents' garage

    • Nick
      Nick  2 months ago +122

      Remember when he did the bad smelling stuff and was unfazed while his cameraman was dying? Yeah

    • Takoala
      Takoala 2 months ago +39

      Like, taste is still highly related to smell, so it's kinda expected his sense of taste would be lessened

    • Rylen StuffsV2
      Rylen StuffsV2 2 months ago +18

      ​@Nick Even The Unstopable Camera Man was dying, how's that possible that's against all rules we've understood

    • Zeemas
      Zeemas 2 months ago +31

      His sense of smell and taste buds are definitely toasted

  • OoberDoober
    OoberDoober 4 days ago

    Nile is going to create the next big food novelties!

  • Weston Prather
    Weston Prather 16 days ago

    Freeze drying that chicken and rice went a lot smoother than I thought it would’ve

  • canonicaltom
    canonicaltom Month ago +1

    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.

  • Dremekeks
    Dremekeks Month ago +1

    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!

  • V
    V 2 months ago +7826

    he’s getting closer and closer to becoming a real life flint lockwood

    • Edward Toast
      Edward Toast 2 months ago +19


    • TheHeartless Gamer
      TheHeartless Gamer 2 months ago +186


    • MilkyWay#0001
      MilkyWay#0001 2 months ago +69

      Nile Lockwood

      IEATDIRT 2 months ago +105

      What do you mean 'real life' that movie was a documentary right????

    • Unexpected
      Unexpected 2 months ago +45

      The chocolate video he made was just the beginning.

  • Rio
    Rio 12 days ago +1

    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

  • Macko
    Macko Month ago +4

    Nilered sure knows how to rehydrate a pizza

  • 💤
    💤 7 days ago

    NileRed cooking is the funniest content and I love it, please keep making more cooking with science videos.

  • Alexis Woodberry
    Alexis Woodberry 22 days ago +3

    NileRed: amazing chemical transformations I can hardly understand
    NileBlue: cuts pizza with a spoon

  • Dinosore
    Dinosore Month ago +1

    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

  • Hzul
    Hzul 2 months ago +1559

    nigel is deffinitely the guy that would do all this instead of just learning how to cook the food yourself

    • Stephen james
      Stephen james 2 months ago +19

      @Hzul _ * that is his idea, but the idea of food rations is not bad especially nowadays for canning. And our upcoming food shortage.

    • Ali S
      Ali S 2 months ago +5

      for real. uber eats is a thing in Canada too

    • Enisra Bowman
      Enisra Bowman 2 months ago +16

      i would laughed SO hard if the Video would have been a factor sponsorship video :D

    • nintando
      nintando 2 months ago +8

      he even has the entire metal pot right there

    • Crow Demon - The Archives
      Crow Demon - The Archives 2 months ago +15

      To be fair, cooking is just another form of chemistry.

  • G. B. Wanscher
    G. B. Wanscher Month ago

    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

  • Asket
    Asket 16 days ago

    Watching Nile videos just feels like watching Dr. Stone live action!

  • Polna Panda
    Polna Panda 7 days ago

    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

  • hinnifreaxxx
    hinnifreaxxx Month ago

    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

  • Tolga Cetiner
    Tolga Cetiner Month ago +2

    This has already been done before, that’s what those camping meals where you just add boiling water are: freeze dried

  • ok why?
    ok why? 2 months ago +2376

    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.

    • Mike Drop
      Mike Drop 2 months ago +88

      I gotta give the man credit, he always willing to taste whatever travesty he makes

    • Caitlin P
      Caitlin P 2 months ago +5

      He really isn't...

    • Kuli24
      Kuli24 2 months ago +6

      Me too. I take it as an experience instead of spitting out bad food.

    • LeeOne 2000
      LeeOne 2000 2 months ago +16

      @Caitlin P then you literally have watched none of his videos

    • LeeOne 2000
      LeeOne 2000 2 months ago +17

      @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

  • João Reis
    João Reis Month ago

    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!!!

  • vivalafiaga
    vivalafiaga 7 days ago

    the pizza i think would work on a low heat frypan with a small amount of water in the base, as the water is absorbed it produces steam which would rehydrate the entire slice while also making sure it doesn't turn to mush cos heat on base of pizza directly. i'd say maybe a 3 on my stove personally, not much more than that.

  • Peter Maddin
    Peter Maddin 6 days ago +1

    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.

  • Random Electronics and Displays

    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.

  • The Werewolf
    The Werewolf 6 days ago

    Have you considered putting the food in a vacuum sealed plastic bag (heat sealed) and irradiating it?
    It tastes like instant rice because... that's pretty much how they make instant rice. :)

  • Kit
    Kit 2 months ago +992

    "Pizza time" he whispers to himself as he puts a freeze dried, crumbled mess that once resembled a pizza in a steamer to rehydrate it, like its not the most unhinged and insane thing someone ever did.
    Love it

    • trav v
      trav v 2 months ago +47

      you won't call it insane when he is eating pizza crackers and you're eating crickets

    • Kit
      Kit 2 months ago +6

      @trav v touché

    • Mink
      Mink 2 months ago +14

      18:46 for anyone who wants a time stamp

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 months ago +6

      This is Nigel; it's not even the most unhinged and insane thing he's done this month.

    • Scott Kuehnert
      Scott Kuehnert 2 months ago

      ​@Mink when he said "this will work perfectly" and set the lid down I just burst into laughter

  • Hans Lab 實驗室
    Hans Lab 實驗室 Month ago +2

    This is the most simple and violent way to enjoy food I have seen 😂

  • Something Clever
    Something Clever Month ago

    The way he describes it in the beginning is like how my biomedical ethics teacher would start a conversation about human cryogenic preservation.

  • conquest562
    conquest562 Month ago

    Same bro. Jack had the Bruschetta Chicken Ciabatta sandwich for a while. It was the only thing I liked from their menu. Bought it for years, then suddenly it was gone. I didn't know how to express my frustration and sadness for a freaking sandwich. Take care, be safe.

  • Julian Silva
    Julian Silva Month ago

    If this man is able to become a successful chemist then I am able to do literally anything in life.

  • Butter
    Butter Month ago +1

    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.

  • Jablue
    Jablue 2 months ago +1411

    My man is grieving this chicken chipotle wrap more than I've seen people grieve family members

    • General Rubbish
      General Rubbish 2 months ago +97

      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.

    • Andrew Genaille
      Andrew Genaille 2 months ago +43

      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".

    • Sean's Homeshop
      Sean's Homeshop 2 months ago +30

      to be fair i dont think it'd be good to make a video on freeze drying family members, thats reserved for Walt Disney

    • Rainkit
      Rainkit 2 months ago +19

      The stresses of life get infinitely worse when your comfort food is gone lol

    • Bobdance Bobdance
      Bobdance Bobdance 2 months ago +2

      @Rainkit fax

  • 緑前
    緑前 Month ago

    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.

  • mr. kill myself
    mr. kill myself Month ago

    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

  • Smart jododajo
    Smart jododajo Month ago

    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?

  • Mal-2 KSC
    Mal-2 KSC Month ago

    This gives me hope that maybe food on the first Mars mission won't totally suck.

  • Svearald Blood-Anvil

    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

  • Liam Day
    Liam Day 2 months ago +988

    Man Nigel needs to hang out with US military food scientists. They've spent decades trying to get shelf stable pizza right and achieved "basically edible".

    • Gabriel Fraser
      Gabriel Fraser 2 months ago +99

      Don't ask them about Omelettes.

    • Bren007Pie
      Bren007Pie 2 months ago +40

      Right? Really happy to hear they cracked pizza but he also needs to hang out with the people at NASA who've been doing this since the 90s.

    • bad youtube channel
      bad youtube channel 2 months ago +94

      That browning of the cheese was apparently their biggest hurdle
      The pizza MRE almost got axed because they could keep it shelf stable, maintain its taste and nutritional value, but could not keep the color right
      For what was supposed to be a morale oriented MRE meal, no one wanted brown pizza

    • ssun
      ssun 2 months ago +10

      @bad youtube channel I think if they did the slow rehydration method then popped it in an oven for a couple minutes you could get pretty close to the real thing. Obviously a 12-hour rehydration isn't very useful in the field but it's interesting to see the developments going on here

    • Capital Inventor
      Capital Inventor 2 months ago +7

      Why hang out with US military food scientists when there are food scientists in Canada, where he is from, working on similar problems for military, space, and civilian applications. Of course the point of the video wasn't to come up with a version of pizza that's capable of being freeze dried. The point was to take their favourite take away food and try to freeze dry it with the hope that they could reconstitute it successfully.

  • Jack
    Jack Month ago

    Instead of using the (hot) steam bath, you could instead use just a normal, room temperature humidifier into a closed space to force the moisture to diffuse back into the food quickly, without cooking it (like it did to the cheese). If you could pressurise the system as well it would also encourage rehydration, but that comes with drawbacks too

  • David Noll
    David Noll Month ago

    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

  • Pokepowerz
    Pokepowerz 6 days ago

    The Clip-Sharer Joel Creates made a video titled 'Reverse Toaster (actually works)' that uses similar idea to the steamer, but they used fog instead of steam to re-hydrate the toast. This could probably help with the cooking problem you had with the steamer.

  • kentworch
    kentworch Month ago

    I think a bit of refining to how you rehydrate the food would give you a much better result as far as how it tastes. Usually pouring hot water into the food is how it's done, but obviously some things rehydrate differently than others. I think weighing the food before and after being freeze dried and subtracting for the difference would give you the amount of hot water to add back in to rehydrate it. Don't know about the pizza, but that general tsos chicken and the rice as well as wonton soup, probably would have been pretty good if they were all weighed, freeze dried, and rehydrated separately with the amounts of water lost respectively from each one. As far as pizza goes that one might be a bit more tricky and probably not gonna turn out right without the bread getting soggy.

  • Michael Chen
    Michael Chen 7 days ago

    After seeing the cookie video, glad you made something edible. I'd love to try lmfao

  • erohwnaibsel
    erohwnaibsel 2 months ago +2012

    regular people: gets the recipes for their favorite foods
    neil: imortal food

  • Avana Vana
    Avana Vana 8 days ago

    You should have freeze-dried one at a time and then measured the mass of the ice deposited at the end of each in order to perfectly reconstitute the moisture content of each.

  • Mo n
    Mo n Month ago

    Reggie knows what's up - mad respect 😂

  • Leonard
    Leonard 26 days ago

    you could have measured the weight before (and later), so you would have known the percentage of water, to then have put the exact amount of water to the tea, for example. Great video as always btw

    TCHOM LIM Month ago

    Nilered: Okay, we better not let this stinky gas to anyone.
    Nileblue: FOOD.

  • VisualHoney
    VisualHoney 8 days ago +1

    I just found out about NileBlue I thought there was only NileRed.
    I can say I definitely prefer the chaos and humour found in NileBlue 😂

  • Ditzy
    Ditzy 2 months ago +610

    NileRed is the chemistry channel while NileBlue is the alchemy channel

  • Geordy Marshall
    Geordy Marshall Month ago

    I would try Dry freezing -27 as quick as possible. Then do the freeze dry for 24-48 hrs and store it dry. When needed to cook, spray with water and freeze, then let the product thaw out in the fridge like food, then heat up in foil in the oven on 325f-375f to get it out of the temp danger zone, which is 40F-140F.

  • Shadow Banned
    Shadow Banned Month ago +1

    I would try freeze drying the pizza in a wax coated cardboard sleeve in the shape of the slice to hold its shape. I think steaming is the way to go when heating it. Its probably very sensitive to how much water amd heat is being added to it. I would weigh the slice before and after freeze drying and then put the difference in weight in water into a steam bowl and boil it until its all gone. Maybe 1 or 2 extra grams for whats going to roll out of the dish from pressure. So basically when the water level in the boiler hits zero pull it out. I dunno but i dont have a freeze dryer to try it but it sounds exciting. Pizza resurrection.

  • Tingting Li
    Tingting Li 28 days ago +1

    It's actually super easy to rehydrate properly! Your mistake is that you need to SUBMERGE the food in right amount of water, and let it cook for until the water has all been absorbed. The food needs a LOT of water to rehydrate and steaming it WILL NOT work. Think of making those instant noodles that isn't soupy, like some chow mein or yakisoba brands. You pour just enough water that by the time the food is rehydrated, all the water is soaked up. I do this with various freeze dried foods. Veggies, Kimchi, chicken, pasta, rice, etc. It works every time.

  • Mr. Mul
    Mr. Mul Month ago

    At this point, I wonder if he can taste the difference between michelin star food and good food