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Bacteria experts: Advice needed for transporting rotisserie chickens in the summer!

Ms. Ghost | Jul 12, 200510:25 PM

The closest Costco is about a 45 minute drive, and we absolutely LOVE their rotisserie chickens! However, we live in Texas and the heat has been hovering + or -100 degrees. In the winter, I was in the habit of just driving them home "as is" to let them cool off sufficiently to put in fridge when I arrived home. I know I've read/heard that you shouldn't put warm food directly into the fridge, but as hot as it is, it seems unsafe to just let it ride in the car for that length of time. Last time we got one a couple of weeks ago, I put it in a soft-sided cooler with just one small "blue" ice to transition its temp, and refrigerated it upon arrival. Since I'm alive and well to write this, I assume that approach wasn't dangerous.....but I have not a clue as to the rules to follow in this matter! I don't want to put it in the big cooler with all the ice and blue ice because it would, I assume, melt all the stuff keeping the other, pre-chilled items cold. Please help! I would hate to only be able to have their chicken in the cool weather!

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