Placing hot food in the refrigerator.

March 28, 2007 7:42am CST
Is it safe to put hot food in the refrigerator? They say that hot food increases the temperature inside the refrigerator and can cause the food to spoil. Is it true?
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4 responses
28 Mar 07
You should never put hot food into the refrigerator. This will cause the inside termperature to rise and spoil the foods already in there. The minimum temperature inside should be around 5 degrees, anything over and food will spoil. You are better off leaving hot food to go completely cold before putting into the fridge
• United States
28 Mar 07
Hello recycledgoth..... 5 degrees is a freezer, not a refridgerator. Tom
@yeerdeng (153)
• China
17 Oct 07
It's harmful to your refrigerator.
@nrnotrare (631)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Hello ARIANNELEXI....... Putting hot food in a refridgerator will not cause the food already in there to spoil. It will make the Refridgerator work harder to cool your foods, costing you more . Food should be allowed to cool before placing it in a refridgerator. Tom
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 Mar 07
Actually yes and no. If you put in hot food, then that raises the temperature inside the fridge, at least for some time till the cold air influx cools the substance. Now if there are other items in the fridge that need to be kept cool at all times, they then are at the risk of getting spoiled. The item that you have kept might itself not be spoil, but other items are in risk. Apart from this it is also not advisable on the grounds that it leads to excessive power consumption by the refridgerator. Cheers! Ram