What does your Christmas dinner shopping list look like? Turkey and all the trimmings? A bottle of wine or two?

Industrial gases?

Believe it or not, many of the festive food items on your dinner table this December 25th might not be there at all without a little help from the BOC elves…

Shopping early? You’ll need some MAP

Many Christmas shoppers like to stock up well in advance of the big day, and that means food producers need to offer the longest possible shelf life.

Whether it’s pre-packed sprouts, meats, cream-filled desserts or baked goods, there’s a good chance you’ll pick them up in Modified Atmosphere Packaging, or MAP. Modified atmosphere packaging blends the gas mixture within packaging to a specific level, to protect the food inside and extend its shelf life for as long as possible.

Not all foods are the same, so the mixture of gases must be carefully managed for each type of food product, and this is where industrial gases comes in.

Most MAP atmospheres are a careful mix of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and oxygen. The right balance can protect against mould and food stuffs breaking down, but get it wrong, and you can have a breeding ground for very unpleasant bacteria. That’s why it’s so important to work with experts in MAP gases like BOC, who can scientifically specify the right gas mix, then supply it protected in our MAPAX® range of Food Fresh gas cylinders.

Ensuring your fish starter is healthy and plump

If you’re thinking of serving up some Scottish smoked salmon, or have fish eaters amongst your family, it’s likely that industrial gases have helped to keep the fish in great condition as it’s grown.

Properly oxygenated water is essential, not only for fish survival, but also to promote healthy conditions and fast growth.

BOC is a major supplier of oxygen to the fish industry—and with our specialist SOLVOX® oxygenation range we help fish farmers optimise the distribution of oxygen into the water to ensure the very best conditions to produce plump and healthy fish for your table.

Keeping the freezer stocked up?

There’s always a time over Christmas when the freezer takes over. Extra vegetables, ice-cream for the non-Christmas pudding eaters, or a frozen pizza for the day after Boxing Day when everyone has had enough of turkey leftovers.

Cryogenic freezing helps food manufacturers ramp up production during seasonal highs like Christmas. Using liquid nitrogen at temperatures less than -130C, cryogenic freezing is faster, more efficient and better at locking in food quality than alternative freezing methods—so you can be sure when you buy a product that has been cryogenically frozen, that it will taste just as great as your fridge stock.

BOC’s CRYOLINE® range of cryogenic freezers is suitable for food manufacturers of all sizes, and because they have a reduced footprint, they can save valuable factory space to produce more product lines.

A festive tipple

If you’re popping to the pub (social distancing rules apply) while the turkey’s cooking—or serving wine with the main event, gas will have had a hand there too.

For draught beer and cider drinkers, industrial gases are used to propel drinks through the draught system and into your glass—while for those sticking to soft drinks, carbon dioxide provides the fizz.

In wine, gases often play a key role during the process. Firstly, by protecting the quality of the grape (therefore the quality of the wine), ensuring the right conditions throughout production, even lending a hand when it comes to bottling.

When you’re raising a glass during Christmas dinner, why not raise it to the industrial gases that helped bring the feast to the table?