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USA: Food Preservation Experiment: Can We Make a Strawberry Last Forever?

Editor: Alexander Stark

A popular youtube video shows, how epoxying can make a hole hot dog last in pretty much perfect condition for at least nine months. Could this also work with fresh food with no preservatives, like a strawberry for instance? Take a look at the experiment and its results.

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For millennia, humans have been finding ways to preserve food. Can we use what we’ve learned to make a strawberry last forever?
For millennia, humans have been finding ways to preserve food. Can we use what we’ve learned to make a strawberry last forever?
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Washington/USA — Epoxying is a way to make food last for a long time — at least by its outward appearance. Coated with epoxy resin a hot dog in this experiment looked the same for at least nine months.

But what if you epoxy something that does no contain preservatives — like a strawberry? Would it still look the same, x months later? Could I make this last forever? That's what Samantha Jones wanted to find out in a youtube video produced by the American Chemical Society. She tried various methods that fell into three general categories: adding one or more chemicals, removing water and removing air. She decided to spray a strawberry with hairspray, cover one with floor sealer, pickle a strawberry, put one in sodium hydroxide, put one in embalming fluid, put a strawberry in salt, put one in honey, dried one in the oven, injected a strawberry with brine — and of course, sealed one berry in epoxy. Have a look at the surprising results:

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