Is it ok to put still-warm food in the fridge or freezer?
January 25, 2006 2:44 AM Subscribe
Is it ok to put still-warm leftovers in the fridge or freezer?
posted by antifuse to food & drink (44 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I constantly disagree about this. She was always told, growing up, that you have to wait until recently-cooked food has cooled to room temperature before you can put it in the fridge. If you don't, she says, bacteria will grow on it much more easily and you will get sick.
I've ALWAYS just put the warm leftovers right into the fridge/freezer, and never had any problems with it, and in fact I find that the "leaving it till it cools down" often leads to food forgotten on the counter overnight, which in my opinion would be more likely to lead to spoilage. (Sweet mother of god that was a horrible runon sentence!)
My google-fu has led to little in the way of answers, does anybody have any concrete facts one way or the other? As far as I'm concerned, it just seems like common sense that bacteria is less likely (or at worst, just as likely) to grow on warm-food-in-the-cold-fridge as it is in warm-food-on-the-kitchen-counter. My girlfriend refuses to believe me, as it was SO ingrained into her brain in a child.
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