If you are already aware of your refrigerator energy efficiency, you are probably doing many things to keep your fridge using as less energy as possible. Some of the things you can do are like keeping your fridge full and avoid browsing for snacks or fruits with the door open. However, you probably have heard of you should never put your hot leftovers into the fridge, so could that be true?
There is really nothing wrong with putting hot foods into your modern fridge if it wasn’t for an energy efficiency concern. It would not damage the appliance and the other food won’t get spoiled either. However, because it is so hot, it will increase the inside temperature of the fridge. This will cause the compressor to endure significant pressure as it tries to decrease the temperature to the desired temperature. It is best to not do it very often unless the temperature is cool down.
It is significant to protect your energy efficiency and reduce your energy bill. However, it is also important to not leave food out for too long. E.coli and salmonella and other bacteria could develop and it should be unrefrigerated for less than two hours at room temperature. During the summer, it should be reduced to one hour.
So in case if you are in a rush of heading out the door, you can put the hot food in a dish and place it in a very shallow level of water (do not let the sink water get into the dish). The temperature will be cool down significantly after a while.
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