The Ultimate Cooking on Your Car Quiz

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The Ultimate Cooking on Your Car Quiz
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About This Quiz

You've decided to take a trip, but you don't want to eat cold cuts, and you certainly don't want to eat fast food. Why not try cooking as you drive? It might sound crazy, but the fact is you can cook on your car engine as you travel! Take our quiz to learn about how you can turn your car into a moving barbeque.
What should you do to find the hot spots on your engine?
Drizzle water on various engine parts.
Rather than burn your fingers poking around a hot engine, drizzle some water on various parts of the engine and see what happens. Where the water sizzles is where the engine is hot enough for cooking.
Buy an industrial thermometer.
Grab various areas with your bare hand.

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Which of these is a good place on the engine to cook your food?
one of the pistons
the exhaust manifold
The exhaust manifold gets quite hot, and doesn't really wiggle very much; it should be your first choice.
the carburetor

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It will take about an hour to cook chicken if you drive at what speed?
35 miles per hour
65 miles per hour
Driving at 65 miles per hour (105 kph), you will need to travel 60 miles -- just under an hour -- to get your chicken ready.
95 miles per hour

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How many miles of driving does it take to cook sliced potatoes?
55 miles
Your potato slices should be ready after 55 miles, so you might as well throw on some chicken as well.
155 miles
255 miles

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After how many miles will shrimp usually be ready to eat?
10 miles
20 miles
30 miles
For quick trips shrimp is the way to go; it only takes 30 miles to prepare.

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What is the purpose of the foil test?
The foil test determines the correct location for the food you're cooking.
Use the foil test to make sure you're placing your food where it won't slide around.
The foil test determines the temperature of the engine.
The foil test determines the speed at which you should drive while cooking the food.

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How tall should the foil ball for the test be?
two inches
five inches
eight inches
Shape some foil into a cone or ball that is about eight inches (20 cm) tall, and see how much it gets crushed when you shut the hood of your car. This will tell you whether you've picked a good spot.

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What should you use to secure the food you're cooking?
a lightweight wire
If you're worried about the food you're cooking moving around, secure it with a lightweight wire.
a paperweight
a rock

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What is the risk when securing food packages under engine hoses?
The engine could flood.
The transmission could get stuck.
The hose could come loose at some later point.
When you push something under an engine hose, you can easily loosen the hose. If the hose comes loose while you're driving, it could spell big trouble.

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How dangerous is it to cook on an engine?
no risk
As long as you're careful, you can cook on an engine without any risk.
low risk
high risk

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You must avoid placing your food on which of these?
the fuel injector
Under no circumstances should you place the food you're cooking on the contact point of the fuel injector and the gas pedal. This can lead to major complications, such as a car that won't start.
the transmission
the tail pipe

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Cars that don't have fuel injectors have which of these instead?
an automatic transmission
a carburetor
Even if your car is too old to have a fuel injector, you still need to avoid the area near the carburetor.
an external generator

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When placing food on an engine you must make sure to be careful about which of these?
moving parts
Always be careful not to place what you're cooking near any moving parts. If things get caught in the works, it could make a serious mess, or worse.
noxious fumes
toxic liquids

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How hot does a dashboard get in 90-degree weather?
45 degrees
90 degrees
200 degrees
If it's 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32C) outside, the dashboard of your car might get up to 200 degrees (93C) -- perfect for baking!

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While cooking on your engine may be safe, it could do which of these?
It might add an unpleasant flavor to the food.
Don't be surprised if the food you cook comes out tasting a little strange. After all, you are cooking it on an engine block.
It might ruin the texture of the food.
It might destroy the car.

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Why is it a bad idea to cook stew on your engine?
The water won't boil.
The liquids might spill.
No matter how good the driver, engines vibrate, which leads to spills, which leads to smoke. Avoid the smoke by roasting foods rather than stewing them.
The liquid in the stew will reduce too quickly.

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What sort of cooking liquid is likely to start a fire?
anything tomato based
fatty liquids
Not only will some liquids cause smoke, the fattier ones will catch fire.
fruit juices

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What are the best kinds of foods to cook on the engine?
You should cook anything you want.
You should cook anything that is usually boiled.
You should cook anything that can be roasted.
If you want to cook on the engine, stick to foods that can be easily roasted, such as beef and potatoes.

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Which of these is an example of the kind of food you should cook on an engine?
ice cream
chicken
Examples of foods that roast easily are chicken, beef, and potatoes.
sushi

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Before placing food on your car's engine, you should follow which of these safety tips?
Turn off the engine.
Never open the hood of your car while the car is on. Even if you need to turn the car on to heat up the engine, turn it off before opening the hood.
Stop the car.
Put on your seat belt.

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