Oxygen Absorbers vs Silica Gel

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Oxygen Absorbers vs Silica Gels

Are you looking to keep your products protected from oxygen or moisture? Did you know that there are different solutions available depending on whether you are looking to protect specifically against oxygen or moisture?

In this article, we will share two solutions that can help keep your items in their original states for a longer time.

Oxygen Absorbers

Purpose

Oxygen Absorbers absorb oxygen and are usually used in the food industry to prolong the shelf life of food. They are tiny packets that contain a mix of 3 components – iron filings, salt, and clay.

How does it work?

When Oxygen Absorbers exposed to oxygen, a chemical reaction takes place where the iron filings absorb the oxygen.

Why should I use Oxygen Absorbers?

  1. Extend the shelf life of food by preventing the growth of microorganisms
  2. The natural way of maintaining the nutritional content of food – Oxygen Absorbers prevents food from oxidizing, which removes some beneficial properties of the food such as Vitamins A, C, and E.
  3. Safe and easy to use

Some examples of Oxygen Absorbers usage

You can find Oxygen Absorbers used in food packaging such as:

  1. Doughnuts
  2. Cakes
  3. Pet Food
  4. Salami

How should I use Oxygen Absorbers?

Place the tiny packets of Oxygen Absorbers into the packaging of the items you want to protect against oxygen. Stream Peak’s Oxygen Absorber, O Sorb, is made from safe, non-toxic material and can be placed together with food in its packaging. Without any aerobic bacteria and fungi growth, the shelf life of a food product can extend from 1 week to several months.

Have questions such as how many packets of Oxygen Absorbers are needed to be useful for your food products? Get in touch with our friendly Stream Peak experts, and we’ll be happy to provide the answers you need!

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Silica Gels 

Purpose

The purpose of Silica Gels is to remove moisture. They are also usually found in tiny packets and are made up of silicon dioxide, which is porous sand.

How does it work?

Silica Gels contain millions of tiny pores on its surface that can hold moisture.

Why should I use Silica Gels?

  1. Prevent damage of your potentially expensive items from the growth of mold caused by moisture and dampness
  2. Safe and easy to use

Examples of Silica Gel use

  1. Leather products
  2. Electronics
  3. Vitamins

How should I use Silica Gels?

Place the tiny packets of Silica Gels into the packaging of the items you want to protect against moisture. Stream Peak has three types of Silica Gels with different features, including a color change feature, which indicates when the Silica Gel needs to be changed.