LIGHT RAYS PRESERVE FOOD AND VITALIZE SEED (Jun, 1924)
As a general rule, never trust a person who uses any form of the word “vitalize”.
LIGHT RAYS PRESERVE FOOD AND VITALIZE SEED
A method of preserving foods and fruit juices which many believe will do away with most cooking, pasteurizing, refrigeration and the use of chemicals for this purpose has been invented by Dr. N. H. Hazeldine, of Los Angeles. “Solar vitalzing,” the name given to the process, is accomplished simply by leaving any perishable article a certain length of time beneath a sheet of specially constructed glass and then putting it into airtight containers. Oils and dry materials may be left in open containers. The time required varies from a few hours to a week, depending upon the article treated, result desired and the weather. The process can be carried on during cloudy days, but requires more time than on bright days. The vitalizer consists of a box or room with sides of common translucent glass and a top or roof of glass, the underside of which is indented in the form of bulbs or lenses, about one-half inch in diameter and one-eighth inch thick. This sheet of glass slopes to the south at a certain angle, a few degrees of variation rendering it ineffective. It also must be placed in a certain position with reference to the points of the compass. It is claimed that the process preserves food products and juices perfectly as to odor, color and flavor. The inventor also asserts that it renders all substances immune to insect attacks, so that dried fruits, beans, peas and cornmeal, for instance, after an hour in the vitalizer, could be kept indefinitely without being infested with worms or weevils. A piece of beef hanging in a shed buzzing with flies would be untouched by a single insect. A California law provides that pasteurized milk may contain 20,000 bacteria per cubic centimeter, but vitalized milk is said to contain none at all. Vitalizing also is said to cause seeds to sprout quickly, grow vigorously and produce plants less subject to pests and disease than those grown from untreated seed.