Is it safe to eat snow? The answer is usually yes, but to be on the safe side, here are some things you should do.
Begin by heading outside with a big bowl or pot. Snow is the cleanest right after falling, but it will be fine later on too. Head to an area away from vehicles, (the snow near there may be contaminated). Find an area where the snow looks clean, and gather some.
TIP: The finished water will equal about one-third of the amount of snow you gathered.
Bring snow to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes or more, then let cool.
The water may look a bit dirty, but that's okay.
Next, we strain it. We used a dish towel to do this. Have one person hold a clean towel over a large bowl or pitcher, while another person slowly pours the water onto the towel. The water should seep through, leaving the dirt behind. You may need to repeat this step more than once.
And then you're done!!
- Safer than most tap water
- Fun experience
- Tastes a little funny. You may want to add a little lemon juice to it.
What's your favorite thing about snow?