Pink snow-safe to boil for food/drink?
Jun 15, 2021 at 2:26 pm #3718757Paul SBPL Member
If we melt pink snow, and bring it to a boil (at ~ 6000′ elevation) is it then safe to use to prepare food and drink?Jun 15, 2021 at 3:42 pm #3718797Roger CaffinBPL Member
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Never tried it. Always scraped it away. Much safer.
Boiling might work, maybe. Can you scrape the scum off the top?
CheeersJun 15, 2021 at 3:54 pm #3718798Jon FongBPL Member
@jonfongLocale: FLAT CAT GEAR
The snow is oink due to an alga (my wife’s a Marine Biologist that specalizes in alga).
For obvious reasons, pink snow is sometimes called “watermelon snow”. Oddly enough, it’s even said to smell a bit like watermelon. So why shouldn’t you find out if it tastes that way too? According to botanist Joyce Gellhorn’s 2002 book Song of the Alpine, there’s a very good reason: in addition to being a tantalizingly refreshing-looking on a hot day after a long hike where a snow cone would be just the ticket, it’s also a laxative.Jun 15, 2021 at 3:57 pm #3718799Paul SBPL Member
Laxative…nope, don’t need that!Jun 15, 2021 at 4:39 pm #3718806Monte MastersonBPL Member
@septimiusLocale: Changes Often
The yellow snow is what you have to watch out for.
It’s weight prohibitive, but a small hand held geiger counter might be nice when evaluating questionable snow. Not as concerning as back in the good old days however, back when above ground nuclear testing was the norm.Jun 16, 2021 at 1:28 pm #3718937Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW
Can I tell you it’s bad or safe? No. But why would you do it? Unless it was your only choice for water.Jun 16, 2021 at 3:12 pm #3718944Todd TBPL Member
@texasbbLocale: Pacific Northwest
We know pink snow is a kind of green algae. We know some green algaes, under some conditions, are known to release toxins. We know toxins are not neutralized by boiling like bacteria and parasites are. And we know pink snow has been reported to cause digestive issues, regardless of its toxin status.
All that doesn’t tell me whether boiling it helps, but I for one will stay away from it.
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