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How do you cool down stews?

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How do you cool down stews?

parabolicaer | | Jul 11, 2009 11:13 AM

I usually make a large pot of stew so that it lasts a few days. Before putting the finished stew into the fridge, however, I usually wait a few hours for it to cool down to a temperature that is low enough that it won't wreck havoc with the fridge (I'm more concerned about the other items in the fridge than overworking the compressor). Given the problems with leaving food at room temp, what are some ways to speed up the cooling down period?

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