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Quiz of the Week – LDS Manual: Storage Containers

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These questions are derived from the LDS Preparedness Manual [links to PDF File]. Specifically, the “Storage Containers” section (pages 131139). You can find the answers to this quiz on my Facebook page. Good luck!

Q1. The major functions of a food storage container are:
a) protect contents from outside influences
b) prevent damage during shipping and handling
c) establish and/or maintain microbiological activity
d) withstand the temperatures and pressures it will be exposed to
e) all of the above
f) none of the above

Q2. Some types of food (e.g., high in fat, strongly acidic, etc) may exacerbate the ability of plasticizers and dyes to migrate from the plastic container to the food it’s containing:
a) true
b) false
c) what’s a plasticizer?

Q3. PET containers (e.g., 2-liter soda bottles) can be used to store food long term but:
a) because they stack easily I should have thought of this earlier
b) they are transparent to light so should be stored in a dark room
c) O2 absorbers may cause the sides to flex
d) both a and b
e) both b and c
f) both a and c

Q4. Metal cans for food storage can extend their shelf life in humid environments by coating the outsides with:
a) paraffin wax
b) mineral oil
c) paste wax
d) clear coating (e.g., rustoleum)
e) all of the above
f) none of the above

Q5. The major advantage to using glass jars to store food over either metal cans or mylar bags is that they:
a)  are more resistant to oxygen
b) repel light better
c) can be reused
d) don’t deform under pressure

Q6. Dry ice can not only be used to exclude oxygen from a container but is also useful for fumigation of insect life:
a) true
b) false
c) there better not be any insects in my food!

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