Don’t Wait to Refrigerate Hot Food?

Have you seen Tide’s recenlt commercial tagged as “Tippy’s Tipid Tip”. Tippy suggests to let the food cool down before putting it in the fridge to save electricity. Is this familiar to you too?

Anyway, i’ve read a different advice on a book and i’m sharing it below:

It’s a mistake to leave hot foods out on the counter to cool before refrigerating them, says Bessie Berry, manager of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline. “Even foods right out of the oven or off the range” should be refrigerated immediately if they will not be eaten. As explained in Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, “the sooner you get cooked foods into the cold fridge, the sooner any harmful bacteria they may harbor will stop multiplying.” But won’t this harm the refrigerator or overtax the motor? Ms. Berry says no. Modern refrigerators are designed to handle hot foods. The idea that they can’t may be a carryover from the days of iceboxes, when heat would cause the ice to melt. However, two precautions need to be taken: If you are refrigerating a large item—such as a whole chicken, a pot of soup, or a deep-dish casserole—it should be divided into shallower containers first, or it won’t cool down quickly enough inside to stop the growth of bacteria. And space should be allowed between hot foods and other foods in the refrigerator so that the air can circulate and cool the item quickly.

So who do you think is right? Leave some comments. I’d love to hear what you guys think. :)

One thought on “Don’t Wait to Refrigerate Hot Food?

  1. first off, why would i cook or reheat something that i won’t be eating/serving anyway? hahaha. joke!

    like what the book says, ref nowadays can handle hot food.
    but you see, it has been a practice in households to wait for the food to cool down. and old habits die hard. :P

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