How long in the freezer does it take to chill a Coke from 89F to 35F?


Adam Savage (MythBuster) who did an awesome mold making article in MAKE 08 chimed in on an Ask Mefi coke cooling question, here’s how to cool down that soda, fast – he writes –

“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.

Whatever you do, do NOT bury the can in sand, pour gasoline on the sand and set the sand on fire. That won’t do anything.

This is all empirically gained evidence, not third party.” [via] – Link.

13 thoughts on “How long in the freezer does it take to chill a Coke from 89F to 35F?

  1. -soapy- says:

    My top tip is to take two other cans, and put one on top of the warm can, and then those two on top of the other cold one, and back in the fridge/freezer. The aluminium contact sucks the heat out very effectively.

  2. BrK says:

    Why not just drink the cold ones?


  3. DGary says:

    bucket of ice and saltwater works like a charm, used that at the beach for years

  4. MadScott says:

    Liquid helium — and keep it moving to equilibrate heat transfer in the liquid Coke or you’ll get an ice explosion. Timing is everything.

  5. celynnen says:

    that episode of Mythbusters was on just last week.

  6. 3ricj says:

    For some crazy cooling action, check out the beer cooling contraption contests at defcon:

  7. PZR says:

    More important, how long does it take a can of warm beer to cool in the freezer?

  8. hammerthumb says:

    Someone on the AskMeFi thread mentioned Newton’s law of cooling. Too bad asavage didn’t give exact temperatures – then we could find out an average constant multiplier for the formula and see how close Newton’s law of cooling matches real life.

  9. robotJones says:

    I remember the story about engineers who tried to see how fast they could make a BBQ ready for grilling (using napalm, etc.) Combining that with some uber freezing of canned beverage product and you have the worlds fastest picnic.

  10. webkinzgurl182 says:

    balh blah blah i have this one
    Here are some tips to make a soda cool in about three min.
    1. Take a few of the sodas and place them in a steel pot.
    2. Toss in enough ice cubes to completely cover the sodas.
    3. Then fill the pot with room temp. water.
    4. Then add 2 cups of table salt.
    5. Take a large wooden spoon and stir until the salt dissolves.
    Place in the freezer for about three minutes and you have Ice-cold soda.
    yay mine iz better than all of yalls!

  11. Michelangelo says:

    When I want to make a soda cold, I hold it next to my heart.

  12. andyhally says:

    Awsome! Dude, you’re the man!

  13. CharlesGraves25 says:

    The salt in the water is really the interesting caveat. That’s good to know

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