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Slow Down! Why You Should Let Your Leftovers Cool Off

What do
you do with leftover food when you are done cooking it? Do you throw
it in the refrigerator right away? If so, take a minute to read why
this isn’t such a great idea.
By
placing a large container full of hot food straight into your cold
refrigerator, you are disrupting a climate which your appliance has
been working very hard to maintain. This can have all kinds of
negative effects on your appliance, your food, and even your health.
Here
are three negative consequences of placing hot food in your
refrigerator:
  • Increased
    workload on your compressor.
    Your
    compressor is the heart of your refrigerator; you want to do
    everything possible to keep its workload as light as possible. By
    placing hot food in your fridge, you will send the compressor into
    overdrive, causing extra wear-and-tear while also increasing your
    energy consumption.
  • Potential spike
    in bacteria growth.
    To
    limit bacteria in your food, your refrigerator should be set to a
    temperature between 34-39° F. After 40°, bacteria growth rates
    begin to skyrocket. If your refrigerator is already near or at 39°,
    introducing a hot batch of food could cause the whole interior to
    climb above 40° – also known as the “danger zone”.
  • Soggy leftovers.
    Placing
    hot food in a cold fridge will cause it to produce a lot of steam
    due to the rapid temperature change. If your food is in a sealed
    container, this steam will have nowhere to go and turn into a
    significant amount of condensation. This water will be left sitting
    in your food, sometimes it is enough to form a small puddle at the
    bottom of the container.
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