How long to leave a Coke in the freezer?

Adam Savage of MythBusters fame chimes in on an AskMetaFilter question: How long in the freezer to chill a Coke from 89F to 35F?

This is particularly interesting to me, as we’ve had more than one freezer disaster at Chez Kev.

Adam’s answer:

That would be about 20-25 minutes in a freezer. If you put it in a bucket of ice, that would halve that time. If you put water in that ice, it’d be cold (+- 5c) enough to drink in about 4-6 minutes, if you put salt in that water, you’d reduce the chill time to just over 2 minutes. Agitating the can in the water, rolling it around, reduces the chill time even more.

The fastest possible way is to grab a CO2 fire extinguisher and unload that sucker on the can.

As G.I. Joe says – knowing is half the battle. 🙂

5 thoughts on “How long to leave a Coke in the freezer?”

  1. “if you put salt in that water, you’d reduce the chill time to just over 2 minutes”.
    Perfect. We’ll never have an Explode-A-Coke again.

  2. The times are good to know. I had one freeze the other day b/c I forgot about it, but it was only frozen to a slushy like state.

    On a different, but similar note – When I was in photography class my freshman year in HS, I used to put my developing can in the freezer and stand there and spin it around and around so it would get colder faster (as opposed to putting it in the freezer and just sitting around waiting for the film to develop). That was the first time I learned that agitating something like that decreased the cool down time so much.

  3. I’ve done the freezer thing before – successfully, and without mess all but one time – but I didn’t know about the ice water with salt. I’m going to have to do that next time! Awesome to know!

    If I ask really, really nice could you clue me in on how you did the archives code on your page? I need to condense my archives, but could never figure that out in WP.

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