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Do you have to wait til food cools completely before refrigerating?

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What You Need to Know About Storing Hot Leftovers

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Do you have to wait til food cools completely before refrigerating?

The Oracle | Jun 12, 2006 12:47 PM

Had dinner at a friend's house last night. When it was time to put the leftovers in the fridge, I was stopped. They told me that if you refrigerate food that's still a little bit hot, it will spoil more easily.

HUH?

Is this true? I asked why and didn't get an answer, other than it'll spoil faster.

Is there something with the moisture collecting as it cools rapidly -- thus making it more prone to spoiling? Or is there some other secret reason my mother never taught me about refrigerating food!

I always figured that if food was lukewarm, it would be fine to put it in the fridge -- and that would be a far better alternative to it sitting out for an hour or two at room temperature.

(This was a regarding a pot of homemade beans, specifically -- but also rice and bbq'd meats)

TIA!

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