Chill Out! Frozen Foods Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • yes
  • no

What container material should never put in the freezer?

  • paper
  • glass
  • plastic

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
  • broccoli squash

Is it OK to freeze canned foods in their original can?

  • yes
  • no
  • only canned beans

What's the most common nutrient lost in fruits and vegetables during the freezing process?

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin B
  • vitamin C

Is it safe to freeze meat and poultry in its original packaging?

  • yes
  • no

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?

  • yes
  • no

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?

  • organs
  • bones
  • peels

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?

  • yes
  • no

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?

  • yes
  • no

If you thaw something in the refrigerator but don't end up cooking it, is it safe to put it back in the freezer?

  • yes
  • no

About how much longer will it take to cook frozen food if you don't thaw it first?

  • one and a half times as long
  • twice as long
  • three times as long