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Old 03-16-2015, 07:44 PM   #1
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Time From Oven to 'Fridge?

I am curious on what people's thoughts are on this.

I just got done making a rather large meatloaf (like a 9x13x2 baking dish).

How long would you let it sit on the stove covered in foil before sticking it in the fridge? Too soon and this thing is a large source of heat that can effect other things already in there, too late and it can get bad for you.

It was baked at 350F for a little over an hour and is topped with Indiana Tomato Gravy*.

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Hmm, I was just thinking about that yesterday, since we had lasagna and it was about that size. I guess you could stick a thermometer in it and wait until it gets near 140F. I think that's the bottom of the safe zone for hot foods.
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I'm probably guilty of leaving things out too long.

My preference is to let things come to room temperature before putting them into the fridge.

It works for me, I've never gotten sick as a result.
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:08 PM   #4
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Kathleen is due home right around the 2ish hour mark from the time it left the oven. This should be interesting.
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I'm probably guilty of leaving things out too long.

My preference is to let things come to room temperature before putting them into the fridge.

It works for me, I've never gotten sick as a result.
Same here. Our household has iron stomachs so we tend to leave them overnight, then into the fridge. It they cool down sufficiently before bedtime they will be put in the fridge.
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Within two hours is usually the benchmark in the food industry.


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Why is it in foil?

That is to retain heat.

Sounds like you want to shed heat before putting it in fridge. Take the foil off.

Modern fridges can accommodate hot foods, but I'd leave it out for at least a half an hour-- uncovered.

Don't letvit get much past 140 though.
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I usually package foods for the fridge when I finish eating. For a big pot of food like chili, I remove the lid and take the pot off the burner and put it on a cold burner. When I've finished eating, I stir the pot to bring the hotter food to the top and wait a bit longer.

Meatloaf I remove from the pan to cool and get it out of any residual grease. By the time I've finished my meal (no more than a half hour, I place the meatloaf in a large zip bag and put it in the fridge.
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Why is it in foil?

That is to retain heat.

Sounds like you want to shed heat before putting it in fridge. Take the foil off.

Modern fridges can accommodate hot foods, but I'd leave it out for at least a half an hour-- uncovered.

Don't letvit get much past 140 though.
I was hoping to keep it hot enough for when she got home without the need to reheat it after it got put in the fridge for a bit.
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Kathleen is due home right around the 2ish hour mark from the time it left the oven. This should be interesting.
I'd say you're right under the wire Frank. Eat it and enjoy. I don't like to leave anything out over 2 hrs.
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