Why is it a bad idea to freeze water in a plastic container? ?!

Question: Why is it a bad idea to freeze water in a plastic container!? !?
Freezing Water in Plastic
Here are answers that have been contributed:

The direct answer to the question is probably that sometimes we forget to leave room with the container when we fill it!. This permits the water to freeze, expand and then break the container!. It's that simple,read more for how to get around this, and for why you might want to have a container or two of ice in your freezer!.

If you try to freeze water ,juice or other liquids in a closed plastic container without leaving room for expansion, your container will crack or burst!. I fill plastic bottles or jugs with liquid, leaving plenty of room at the top for expansion!. Once the liquid is frozen, then you can safely tighten the lid!.

Freezing jugs of water and storing them in your freezer is actually an excellent idea!. They keep the freezer from having to work as hard to cool the compartment, if you don't keep your freezer space full!. In the event of a power outage the chunks of ice can help prevent the loss of your food for a little longer!. NOT indefinitely, but it does help for brief periods of time!. My freezer lasted two days during a summer hurricane!.

Bottles with frozen water are also great for putting in coolers!. They provide cooling, and as they melt, you have cold CLEAN water to drink!. Combining loose ice and frozen jugs or bottles is what I prefer to use!.
finally It will explode!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Because when the water freezes, it turns to ice (as you may know) and when ice is in a plastic container the container cracks!. And then you loose a plastic container!.!.LOL!!!Www@FoodAQ@Com

I have to agree with the other people who have answered this question!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Because the plastic could snap

As the ice freezes the water expands , and there for puts more pressure on the container and causes it to crack!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

believe it or not, it CAN cause breast cancer - http://urbanlegends!.about!.com/library/bl!.!.!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

because when water freezes it swells, and the plastic container will split!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

plastic and metal splits so its no worse than any other containing materialWww@FoodAQ@Com

Water expands as it freezes!. The plastic will snap!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

The water expands and it could snap the container!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

because when water freezes it expands 9%Www@FoodAQ@Com

I don't know, why is it!?

I'm waiting for the punchlineWww@FoodAQ@Com

The consumer Foods information on foodaq.com is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions.
The answer content post by the user, if contains the copyright content please contact us, we will immediately remove it.
Copyright © 2007 FoodAQ - Terms of Use - Contact us - Privacy Policy

Food's Q&A Resources