The only materials of The Capsule Machine that are in contact with food are ABS and Delrin Acetal plastics.
ABS plastic material adheres to requirements regarding contact with food and drinking water, which have been established by the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Health Office, the den Regulations of the British Plastics Organization, and the Bedarfsgegenständeverordnung as well as other national and international regulations. ABS has good chemical and stress-cracking resistance to inorganic salt solutions, alkalis, mineral acids (except strong oxidizing acids), and some mineral, vegetable, and animal oils.
Petroleum-based oils, solvents, and paints SHOULD NOT BE USED, as they will cause the material to degrade. There is a possibility that the plastic can be damaged by powders with a high oil content of eugenol. Eugenol is an essential oil that is contained in herbs such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and bay leaf.
The two springs of The Capsule Machine are made of Delrin Acetal plastic. This material adheres to the regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration for repeated contact with food and the regulations established by The National Sanitation Foundation for use in drinkable water.
The spreader card included with all capsule machines is made of PVC.
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Since the materials in the Capsule Machine can melt at temperatures close to 180 degrees F., care is necessary if using a dishwasher. The heat function on many dishwashers can exceed the maximum temperature. Washing with hot soapy water normally does the job. Take care if you are taking the springs off the base or top of the Capsule Machine. Make sure you pry the springs gently off the tabs holding them in place. And when you want to reinsert the springs, insert one side under the tab, and then the others. Some powders may stain any plastic surface, such as the Capsule Machine surfaces.
While The Capsule Machine is designed for easy use with powders, many customers have also used it to fill liquids. Note that water causes the capsule material to soften and dissolve, so any capsules filled with a liquid that contains water must be consumed promptly.
You will need to use a dropper or pipette to fill the capsules individually. After finishing the encapsulating process, you may want to keep the filled capsules at a cool temperature. This will make most liquids thicker and less runny, making it less probable that there will be leakage where the body and top of the capsule are joined together.
- Put base on stand. - Separate empty capsules - Put longer part of capsule in base - Put shorter part in top
- Put base on shallow bowl or plate. - Pour powder - Spread with enclosed card
- Put base on stand. - If desired, use tamping tool to compact powder - Then pour in more powder - Spread excess off into bowl or plate
- Replace top - Remove Capsule Machine from its stand - Place on flat surface - Press down firmly until unit bottoms out
- Capsules are automatically joined, and held in top!
- Press top evenly and firmly...capsules are automatically ejected!
I bought these to fill with loose herbs that were unpalatable to swallow straight, and this worked so easily. I am not one to buy and keep a lot of gadgets, but this handy little thing is nice to have around and great for a number of fillers. Works well and no taste.