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My husband says we shouldn't put leftovers in the refrigerator until they've cooled down, and I say it doesn't make a difference. I can never get a straight answer out of him about why. Is it because of bacteria or will it make the food taste bad?! The point is I ALWAYS end up putting the leftovers away because after they've "cooled" he never seems to get around to doing it. I think he's just being lazy (and I told him so, which didn't go over so well) and just procrastinating, like his "soaking the pot" tactic that never seems to result in a washed pot. What do you think?
Signed, "Ice Cold Marriage"
|I hate to say it, but I actually come from the school of "wait til it cools." My dad always said it was a waste of energy to put something hot in the fridge. It stuck with me. But at least your husband soaks the stuff he leaves in the sink. That's a step in the right direction, don't you think?|
|I've never heard this in my life. I always just put the leftovers straight in the fridge. I think the one who needs to "cool down" is him!"|
|I'd tell him fine to cool it as long as he eventually puts them away. You may need to suffer waking up to leftovers on the counter a few times... Good luck. PS We have a "no soaking" policy in our kitchen (soaking IS a total scam).|
|Waiting for leftovers to cool down...really? How hot could they be by the time you're actually ready to refrigerate? I don't think that makes a difference, really. But I do feel strongly about this: Never underestimate the the benefits of "soaking the pot" it's a great way to get out of doing them. |
|I've had this same question so I googled it, and this is what I found: "Don't be afraid to put hot foods in the refrigerator. The appliance is made to cool down foods and will give bacteria less time to grow than sitting out in the temperature danger zone of 40 - 140 degrees Fahrenheit." Looks like you're right. But then again, even if he were right, I'd take your side.|
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