March 28, 2014

Can You Freeze Soda?

Feb14

Can you freeze soda? Ah…not in the can, you can’t. Nope, it will expand and explode all over your freezer and create quite the mess.

Ask me how I know? ;)

Now can you freeze it in the 2-liter bottle? Yes, that will work. Get it just to the slushy stage, and you have a delightful treat.

Actually, I have always known that soda cans will explode. It only makes scientific sense, but I had no intention of testing the hypothesis, nor forgetting about the soda can. It was one of those moments when I literally said to the kids, “Now remind me about that soda can. I just want to get it cold for the road.” And then when we hit the road, I retorted, “Oh shoot, I forgot about the soda can. Well, remind me when I get home.”

I’m sure I’m not the only cook in this group who has said something similar.

So what’s been your “I can’t forget about that” bedlam moment? Or maybe I am the only one in the bunch.

(Last week, it sure was fun to read about your favorite brands – those Brands you could not live with out. And yes, the soda debate was definitely one of them…Coke vs. Pepsi – the age old question. ;) )

Now, that we’ve all read my very deep philosophical post,  it’s all about you! I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking today.

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a “mommy brain” moment! Once I was boiling my son’s binkies (way back when he was a baby – waa!) and forgot them on the stove. I came back downstairs, infant snuggled against me, to a kitchen full of smoke and the smell of burning latex. Ugh! Thankfully there was no fire. :)

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  2. I put my Coke in the freezer to get it extra cold, but I set my oven timer for 12 minutes so I remember to take it out. Works every time! ;)

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  3. Oh, it gets better. Try leaving the can of soda in the back of your SUV in the middle of summer. Just like how it explodes when it’s cold, it also explodes when it gets too hot. Only then it’s liquid and flies over the entire car, so even after you clean it, you are still in a sticky car weeks later. Not that I know this from experience or anything of course!

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  4. {sigh} Major bedlam, and I’ve done it TWICE!!!!!!!

    http://amysfinerthings.com/when-plan-b-saves-supper

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  5. I did the same thing with a bottle of white wine – I was trying to chill it down quickly. I don’t know why I forgot about it but it got left overnight and in the morning the wine had forced the cork out of the bottle and it was all over the freezer!

    Thank you for hosting!

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    Amanda Reply:

    Just for future hurry to chill moments I saw on mythbusters that if you take ice water and add salt and then put the bottle of wine/beer/whatever it will chill more quickly. We’ve done this a couple of times ourselves and it works great. It has to be ice water and not just ice. We mixed it up and put the wine in and would swirl the bottle around every few minutes and within about 20 minutes it was chilled.

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    April@The 21st Century Housewife Reply:

    Thanks Amanda, I’ll give that a try next time :)

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  6. I have totally had stuff explode in the freezer before – what a mess! This week I’m sharing a recipe for smashed potatoes that we love. Thanks for hosting.

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  7. Yesterday was a day of mishaps for me… I need to remind myself to NOT put butter on the stove to melt while at the same time trying to figure out a Blogger glitch and send Valentine e-cards from my children to their grandparents all at the same time; all I got was a headache and burnt butter.

    Thanks for hosting! And for the record, I’m a Pepsi girl. :)

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  8. Hi, Jen, joining up today with some delish Spicy Sugary pecans I finally got around to sharing. Happy Tuesday!

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    Jen Reply:

    Hi Sweet friend – this comment went into my bulk….ugh. But I just wanted you to know I am praying so much for you. You are brought to mind often, and I so, so regret that we didn’t have the time to get together at Blissdom. Someone finally said you were all hanging at the fireplace and of course, the time I came down to join you, everyone was gone. It must have been your thrifting day. I would have been there with you in a heartbeat. :) xoxo

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  9. Cans of soda will also explode if they get really hot. Like, for instance, if you accidentally leave it sitting unopened in the cup holder of your car on a summer day for a few hours. Not that I would know anything about that happening or have any experience trying to clean the soda that shoots everywhere off of the ceiling of the car…

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  10. We’ve done the soda in the freezer too. The worst is my mother in law forgetting her glass bottles of rootbeer in the freezer!!

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  11. Morning :-)
    I got some good chuckles reading through the previously left comments! I too switched to using the oven timer like “Amanda @ Serenity Now” does. And it worked… till my hearing was affected by my vertigo, and I didn’t realize how much it had been affected, or that it was majorly affected to certain tones…. and thus could no longer hear the timer from the other room, and was not paying any attention to the time, cuz the timer was set…. 8-/ I got a portable timer that could traipse the house with me.

    I too have had things explode all over the freezer like “April@The 21st Century Housewife” did, and in a vehicle like “Mary S.” suggested might be a possibility of happening (;-p). Oh the chewing out one gives oneself when those things happen!!!

    And I think it’s wonderful that “Amanda” got her tip off of “Mythbusters”!!! ;-b Excellent!

    Now, as to what I was going to tell you …. every year we do the food for our church’s middle school snow camp sometime in January. And here in Michigan, it’s COLD in Jan.!! Seeings how my husband is also the church janitor, while I get to head home afterwords, he has to stay and reset the church.
    Two years ago now I was oh so tired when I headed home, and I was in PAIN! During the day I had had a tooth “pop”, ended up needing a root canal over it. So when I got home, I chose to just leave everything in the vehicle, thinking “nothings going to spoil over night”. It didn’t, but things did freeze. Like the sour cream, and the lettuce and the chip dip, and … For the record, thawed lettuce in out and out gross!!! And thawed chip dip is not far behind … no matter how hard you try remixing it. Thawed sour cream on the other hand, is great for using in baking.
    We ‘learned’ to pack the vehicle so that the refrigerate-able items were easily accessible to get out once I got home, but then I could leave the pots and pans and other misc. supplies in there if I chose. o:-)

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  12. Putting bread in the oven to rise, and covering it with plastic wrap+Setting the oven to preheat, intending to turn it off after a minute+Forgetting=Having melted plastic wrap on top of raw bread dough=Bedlam. :)

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  13. I had to chuckle when I saw your picture…except mine is always a Pepsi. We lived in Florida for two years and that is when I started putting my can of Pepsi in the freezer to get them really cold. Even after we moved back up north, I have to have my Pepsi really cold. You would not believe how many cans I have exploded and had to clean up. I do set a timer, but sometimes I am in another part of the house where I can’t hear the timer go off. Oh well, even the awful task of cleaning it up will not stop me from putting it in the freezer.

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face and from your story and the comments, I don’t feel so bad anymore.

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  14. I live in Wisconsin. Though I never had a soda can explode in my freezer, I have had one (or more!) explode in my car – Just as messy. My daughter had a container of guacamole that found its way to the back of the ‘frig. It became a “science project” and exploded all over the ‘frig. Messy and smelly – Yuck!

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  15. We live in a place where winters are cold with below freezing temps. most of the winter. I had a 12 pack of root beer that I left in the trunk that froze solid, but did not explode, so I brought a few loose cans inside and set them on the counter to thaw thinking we could try to drink them after all. Well, apparently the freezing process had caused some almost invisible holes in the cans because when the soda began to thaw, it started spraying in tiny streams all over the place. So, multiple cans of root beer spraying all over the kitchen! Definitely bedlam!

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  16. HA! I left my carrot cake in the oven this morning, “just for a couple more mins.” Yeah, an hour later I remembered the cake was in the oven….carrot hockey puck anyone?

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  17. Ummm, Becks Beer in a bottle and overnight in the freezer does NOT equal a pretty sight in the morning. And the smell…ick. Brand new freezer and I suppose Hubby was trying it out? I’ve got way too many ‘bedlam’ moments to even count so I’m sticking with this one!

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  18. I had gone to the grocery store to do some shopping. After I’d been shopping a while, I remembered I had put a ham in the oven to bake! By the time I got home, it was Extra Crispy, but at least still edible.

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  19. Hi! Linking up for the first time!

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  20. Happy Tuesday! I am sharing my recipe for Chocolate Sweet Heart Cookies. The recipe is gluten free, but can be made using “regular” flour if you don’t have issues with gluten.
    Thanks for hosting!

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  21. Got a little crazy this morning, Jen, and didn’t have a chance to thank you for hosting. :) Will be around to visit some other links throughout the evening. :) :)

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  22. OOO, sorry. I FINALLY found it. Not knowing my way around your blog, it took me forever to find where to link. Now that I know, I will be able to link a lot sooner.
    Thanks, bj

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  23. I learned the hard way exactly how cold it was after I moved to Minnesota. I left a 12pk of coke in the trunk of my car. I understand.

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  24. I can’t tell you how many times I have left vegetables boiling on the stove and smelled something burning. The water evaporated and the vegetables were burnt and stuck to the bottom of the pan! (Not fun to clean!)

    Thanks for hosting Tasty Tuesday!

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  25. One time I set my toaster on my smooth top stove to clean the counter and then turned on the stove by accident. Melted my toaster all over stove and set off all the smoke alarms. Meanwhile the school bus is pulling up. Ugh!

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  26. LOL i too have had soda and frozen liquid issues. The key for anything other than soda is to make sure you have a container that can expand or you have left space with air for it to expand. I freeze soup in mason jars all the time with no issues. Sharing an easy mark bittman recipe for panna cotta that has a secret nutella center! All the best! Alex

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  27. ..I did the same thing as someone else mentioned..leaving 12 packs of Diet Coke in my car in the winter. My husband and I were in the living room, and we heard “pop” “pop” (no pun intended!) sounds outside. We thought they were gun shots!! It was the frozen Coke, cans bursting in the car (not trunk!)
    parked right next to the house. OOps!! Live and learn. That Honda was a lemon anyway..glad it and the stained carpets are gone!!-ann

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  28. I’ve had a few bedlam moments. I had one last night, actually. I was watching my nieces while my sister went to the doctor. She has three kids and my three kids were with me. I put a pizza in the oven for dinner. It needed just a few more minutes for the crust to crisp up some. So I got drinks ready, food for my son, the kids seated at the table. Then I turned around to cut the pizza – and couldn’t find it. That’s when I realized that it was still in the oven. Let’s just say it went straight from the oven to the trash can. Then the kids got mad at me because I burned the one with pepperoni.

    My other bedlam moment was while baking. My son is allergic to eggs, among other things. There are many things you can substitute for eggs in baking, one of which is a mix of vinegar, water, and baking soda. I learned that this mix is NOT good for brownies baked in a cupcake tin. The vinegar caused enough rising that my brownies exploded all over the oven. Not pretty. At all. (But hey, at least I have a great story to tell!)

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  29. Actually many of the newer cans will not explode. They are so thin that they will actually stretch. I’ve solidly frozen many cans this way. I’ve done this with Pepsi, Coke and several off-brands; but admittedly our freezer is not set at it’s coldest setting so it hovers about 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

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