Imagine this situation: looking at night, you decided to cook soup. And so, it is ready, but there is no strength to wait for the contents of the pan to cool. Or, conversely, you got up to the stove early in the morning, and then rushed to work in a hurry. What to do : leave the soup in the kitchen or put it in the fridge hot? Many, fearing for the safety of the dish, choose the second option, but can this be done? So, we’ll tell you what happens if you put in the refrigerator non-cooled food.
- Products may go bad
- The refrigerator will start to “freeze”
- Shelves will begin to collapse
- The refrigerator may break
- How to be?
Products may go bad
If you put something hot in the refrigerator, it will begin to produce steam, and that, in turn, will settle on the products in the form of condensate, that is, droplets of water. And excess moisture will lead to the fact that they lose their former taste or even deteriorate.
And the dish itself – the same one that was hot – will change its taste, and not for the better. For example, once in the refrigerator, hot milk may curdle, and baking may lose its splendor.
The refrigerator will start to “freeze”
The steam that comes from hot food will settle not only on the products, but also on the shelves of the refrigerator itself. As a result, they are covered with hoarfrost, and then with a crust of ice. And then you will have to defrost the refrigerator over and over again, and its parts will wear out more and more. Yes, and the very prospect of defrosting the refrigerator, you see, is not happy.
Shelves will begin to collapse
Regardless of what the shelves of the refrigerator are made of, they are in any case not designed for hot. So, over time, they will begin to crack, crumble and break.
The refrigerator may break
The instructions for each refrigerator are written in black and white: you can’t put hot food in it. Of course, if this happened once or twice , you probably won’t notice any changes, but if you regularly “push your foreheads” on the refrigerator and not cooled food, then sooner or later the equipment will fail.
How to be?
If you are afraid that the dish will go bad (which is really possible), cool it in a water or ice bath, or wrap it with a towel dampened with ice water. Well, or divide into several portions and place each in a separate bowl – so the food cools down much faster. Finally, if it’s cool outside, and you have a loggia or balcony in your apartment, you can safely send a hot pan there.