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Old 05-08-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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when refrigerating or freezing leftovers should a person let the leftovers cool first or doesn't it make a difference if the food is placed in the frig hot.
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Old 05-09-2014, 01:06 AM
 
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when refrigerating or freezing leftovers should a person let the leftovers cool first or doesn't it make a difference if the food is placed in the frig hot.
You are supposed to let it cool so it doesn't raise the temp inside the fridge/freezer. I've heard it can cause some foods in the fridge to spoil faster, and while I don't know how true that is it will cause your fridge to work harder as it tries to cool everything back down.
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Old 05-09-2014, 01:31 AM
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sundaydrive is right, always let the meat cool down before placing in fridge
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, Makiki
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sundaydrive is right, always let the meat cool down before placing in fridge
And if it's a pot of stew, spaghetti, chili or whatever, you can cool it down much faster by filling a sink with cold tap water up to half the height of the pot and let the pot sit there for 20 minutes or so. It will then be cool down enough to put in the fridge.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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You are supposed to let it cool so it doesn't raise the temp inside the fridge/freezer. I've heard it can cause some foods in the fridge to spoil faster, and while I don't know how true that is it will cause your fridge to work harder as it tries to cool everything back down.
This is not true, although it used to be. Modern refrigerators are powerful enough to cool the leftovers. In fact, this is safer as you will get the hot food out of the bacteria-growing danger zone faster. I learned this on city-data a couple of years ago!

One of many articles on the subject:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/09/he...real.html?_r=0
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:05 AM
 
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I let it cool just to reduce condensation in the packaging, but you don't want to let it sit around for hours because it will develop bacteria.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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the less time food spends between 140 and 40 degrees the safer so letting food sit idel while cooling off is commonly accepted as the way to do it but its not safe and food should be put in the fridge or frozen asap. if you are worried about heating your fridge than sink of cold water/ice will help
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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I usually find that by the time I'm finished eating dinner, most leftovers are cool enough to put in the fridge. The possible exception to this would be big pots of soup/stew/pasta, and I solve that problem by putting them into separate smaller containers and letting them sit while we do the cleaning up, then popping them in the fridge.

I've always let my leftovers cool before refrigerating/freezing them, but that's because I've always had old fridges that seemed to work far too hard to keep everything cool and I didn't want to test my luck. On Monday I'm getting a new fridge and I'm hopeful that things will cool faster and more efficiently!
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:41 AM
 
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I put in the fridge right away and if it is something I want to freeze I let it first cool in the fridge, then I freeze it.
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:13 AM
 
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I've always let things cool before putting in the fridge/freezer, and never had a problem. So I'll continue doing it that way, despite whatever "they" say.
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