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Quiz: Do you know the cold hard facts about your freezer?
by Staff
Your freezer isn't freezing, it's covered in frost and you're about to melt. Chill out with our quiz to see how much you know about your freezer.

Which of the following is a good storage method to prevent bacteria from causing food decay?

  • Never refrigerate baked goods.
  • Store dairy products at room temperature.
  • Freeze food to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (zero degrees Celsius).

How was food "frozen" in ancient times?

  • Food was stored in pits covered with snow.
  • Food was stored in mountain areas.
  • Food was stored in cold water.

What were the early forms of "freezers" that were created in the late 1600s?

  • icehouses that were packed with ice and snow
  • pits dug deep underground that would freeze overnight
  • short, round structures made of ice bricks

When did modern iceboxes fade from popularity?

  • 1890s
  • 1920s
  • 1940s

What's the main difference between a refrigerator and a freezer?

  • Freezers have more insulation than fridges.
  • Fridges have more insulation than freezers.
  • They are the same appliance, just with different temperature settings.

What is meant by the word "refrigerant?"

  • a chemical used to lower air temperature
  • a brand name for a commercial refrigerator
  • a person with an unfriendly demeanor

Which chemical was used as a refrigerant in early freezer models?

  • asbestos
  • ether
  • arsenic

What is the most common refrigerant used today?

  • ammonia
  • ether
  • hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

What's the purpose of the compressor?

  • It compresses and heats the refrigerant.
  • It compresses the coils at the back of the freezer.
  • It compresses air that's being circulated by the fan.

Why does a freezer sometimes feel warm on the outside?

  • because heat is given off from the condenser coils
  • because it's a sign the freezer needs more refrigerant
  • because the warmer it is on the outside, the colder it is on the inside

What is the name of the tube that carries the refrigerant toward the evaporator?

  • condenser tube
  • evaporator tube
  • metering tube

Of the different fridge/freezer layout combinations, which one uses the least power?

  • the side-by-side fridge/freezer
  • fridge on top/freezer on bottom
  • fridge on bottom/freezer on top

What's the purpose of the "cooling zone" compartment?

  • to cool the fridge/freezer by zones
  • to cool the freezer to ultra-low temperatures
  • to channel very cold air to specific places inside the refrigerator

What is the difference between a stand-alone freezer and a deep freezer?

  • The deep freezer can freeze food at lower temps than the stand-alone.
  • The stand-alone can freeze food at lower temps than the deep freezer.
  • There is no difference.

What does a commercial freezer usually have that a home freezer doesn't?

  • stainless steel doors
  • high-efficiency refrigerant compression
  • reinforced aluminum floors that can take heavy weight

What can cause excess frost in a freezer?

  • a refrigerant that loses its pressure
  • poor sealing of the freezer door
  • very hot exterior temperatures

How can you prevent freezer frost?

  • Have the freezer serviced every six months.
  • Keep a box of baking soda in the freezer.
  • Set the temperature to exactly zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 17 degrees Celsius) and open the door only as needed.

What is the ideal distance you should have between the freezer coils and the wall?

  • 3 to 5 inches (7.6 to 12.7 centimeters)
  • 6 to 8 inches (15.2 to 20.3 centimeters)
  • 9 to 11 inches (22.9 to 27.9 centimeters)

Which of these are common bonus features in a modern freezer?

  • automatic freezer lock
  • soft-freeze setting for ice cream and other treats
  • automatic ice maker and automatic defrost

What does the digital external temperature regulator do?

  • It regulates the external room temperature.
  • It lets you set the freezer temperature inside the unit.
  • It overrides the internal manual temperature settings.