Freezing food is a great way to save money and eliminate waste. But you can't just drop your food in any old container and give it the cold shoulder. Some items freeze better than others, and you need to use the food within a few months before it loses quality and taste. Chill out a few minutes with our quiz on the finer points of frozen foods.
Freezing food inactivates bacteria and microbes. Can they become active again once the food is thawed?
What container material should never put in the freezer?
About how long does food last in the freezer?
three to six months
six to nine months
nine months to a year
Most vegetables retain their flavor better if you blanch them before freezing. What are two vegetables that should NOT be blanched before freezing?
bell peppers and onions
tomatoes and green beans
Is it OK to freeze canned foods in their original can?
only canned beans
What's the most common nutrient lost in fruits and vegetables during the freezing process?
Is it safe to freeze meat and poultry in its original packaging?
What's the best way to freeze crusty bread?
in a plastic bag
in aluminum foil
in a plastic container
What's the best way to freeze and thaw pancakes?
layered in wax paper and toasted
stacked and wrapped in foil and warmed in toaster oven
layered and wrapped in plastic and microwaved
What's the optimal temperature for your freezer?
10 degrees Fahrenheit
5 degrees Fahrenheit
0 degrees Fahrenheit
Does a full freezer work better than a half-full freezer?
What's the weight limit for food storage in a freezer?
0.5 to 1 pound per cubic foot
2 to 3 pounds per cubic foot
4 to 5 pounds per cubic foot
If you want to save poultry, meat or seafood to make stock, which part of the animal should you NOT freeze?
What's the best way to freeze tomato sauce?
in a plastic storage bag
in ice cube trays
in plastic containers
Can you freeze wine?
Which of the following are the three safe methods to thaw frozen food?
in the microwave, in hot water, on the counter
in the microwave, in cold water, in the refrigerator
on the counter, in hot water, in the refrigerator
What's the guideline for defrosting a frozen turkey in the refrigerator?
one hour for every 5 pounds
one day for every 5 pounds
one day for every 10 pounds
Is it dangerous to eat freezer-burned food?
If you thaw something in the refrigerator but don't end up cooking it, is it safe to put it back in the freezer?
About how much longer will it take to cook frozen food if you don't thaw it first?