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5 Risky Refrigerator Mistakes to Avoid (Page 6)

You Put Food in That’s Too Hot

Mistake #5. You Put Food in That’s Too Hot

Most refrigerators can take a little heat from a few servings of warm leftovers, but putting a piping-hot pot of soup, for example, in your fridge could spell disaster for the other food inside. If it raises the temperature above 40 degrees F, bacteria can start to multiply rapidly, making your food unsafe to eat. To safely store food that’s hot and needs to be refrigerated, divide it up into smaller containers. It allows for more air circulation, which in turn cools the food more quickly, allowing the temperature of the fridge to remain ideal.

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