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Jun 7, 2010 01:05 PM

Liquid Nitrogen Health Department Regulations

Can anyone give me any tips on LN2 in the kitchen? Is it allowed in Texas?

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  1. I dont know if they have tightened it up at all, but when I was younger (maybee 10 yrs ago) I would go buy it in a regular old school green coffee thermos, just to play with...
    it was cheap and there werent any restrictions on buying it at the time..

    I imagine buying a special fancy liquid nitrogen thermos would make it last longer and be safer, but they probably cost a pretty penny, and does anyone really need to keep it around the house for any longer than a couple days anyway?

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    1. re: High_Boost

      I recently found out that there are three types of LN2 grades. The three different types of LN2 grades are industrial,medical, and food grade. I have one more obsticle to face before i actually start to practice this technique in my restaurant kitchen. I need to find out the Texas Health Department regulations pertaning liquid nitrogen use in a commercial kitchen.

      1. "Texas Health Department" now known as Dept of State Health Services doesn't regulate health or safety codes in restaurants. Those issues are handled by county health departments.

        1. not sure about a professional kitchen... I know Italy has banned or is trying to the use of liquid nitrogen in restaurants but my step dad brought some home for me for my birthday ( he has a chemistry background) so I could do some molecular cooking after eating at Alinea in was really fun we made ginger ale ice cream

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          1. re: girloftheworld

            LOL! I guess Italy doesn't want any El Bulli type places! As a professional kitchen guy, I know firsthand that it is legal and used around town--I'm pretty sure Uchi and Wink have used it...

            Uchi Restaurant
            801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704