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Can I use Vinegar to preserve a pig's heart in a Jar ? Answered

I have a project and need to keep a pig's heart in a jar for a couple of months, I don't want use Formaldehyde. Would vinegar work ? 

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Burf

4 years ago

Your best bet short of formaldehyde is to use denatured alcohol. You can get it at most hardware and paint stores.

My son has kept a two-headed gopher snake in denatured alcohol for nearly 15 years and it is still a perfect specimen.

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Josehf MurchisonBurf

Answer 4 years ago

Denatured Alcohol is that like Methanol 99% alcohol.

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BurfJosehf Murchison

Answer 4 years ago

The recipe varies somewhat by manufacturer, but in general it is a mixture of 90% ethanol, about 10% methanol and occasionally a couple of other ingredients called for by the manufacturer. Alcohol concentration is 98% to 99%.

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steveastroukBurf

Answer 4 years ago

They add something called "Bitterex" too IIRC

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Burfsteveastrouk

Answer 4 years ago

Yeah, a bitterant is one of those "other ingredients" I was referring to. If memory serves, I believe a blue or purple dye is also required in the UK.

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rickharrisBurf

Answer 4 years ago

And we call it methylated spirits! Smells devine - But that may just be a personal thing!!

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steveastroukBurf

Answer 4 years ago

That's right, its generally purple. Heating kerosene is dyed blue.

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steveastroukBurf

Answer 4 years ago

That's right, its generally purple. Heating kerosene is dyed blue.

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Josehf MurchisonBurf

Answer 4 years ago

That will kill the bacteria responsible for decomposition, did it bleach the specimen any?

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BurfJosehf Murchison

Answer 4 years ago

The darker bands and the black scales have grayed some over the years but I would guess that is partly due to to UV exposure. Its in a glass jar, that to the best of my knowledge, has never been stored in a dark enclosure.

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Josehf Murchison

4 years ago

Vodka would be better.

With vinegar you would pickle the heart and that is vinegar salt water cook and seal in a jar.

With vodka just place in a jar.