Should hot food go in the refrigerator?

All of us have fridges at home. But not all of us know how to use them properly. Sometimes we make the same mistake. And ask the same question. Should hot food go in the refrigerator? Find the answer here.

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Children constantly have to hear, why can't hot food go into the fridge. Adults don't always remember what was the reason for the ban but try to bring the dishes to room temperature before placing them in the chiller. What danger is hidden in hot products for the fridge?

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To follow or not to follow the ban?

Logically, the refrigerator was created just for the purpose of cooling. Therefore, it is unclear whether it is possible or not to put there the hot food. But still, throwing doubts aside, it is better to remember: "Hot and warm food should not go in the fridge until they are cooled to room temperature."

In the summer it is problematic for the fire dishes to reduce their extra "degree" fast. For such purposes, we should turn to a little trick. It is enough to wet a towel or large piece of cloth. Then carefully and tightly wrap a container of just cooked hot food with a damp cloth.

Put a pot outside under the sun for a short time. Water actively will be evaporated from the surface of the fabric. By all the laws of physics, the internal temperature of the contents of the pan will begin to decline. It is vital to catch the moment when the towel is almost dry. You need to check how fresh the products are. If not, then you need to repeat the procedure with wrapping the tank with a damp cloth again.

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What is the reaction of the fridge when it gets the hot food?

Many prohibitions surround people. Many of them are justified, and many are incomprehensible.

With a refrigerator, everything is much easier. The answers have repeatedly been verified. Anyone can repeat the experiment and partially (or entirely) to test the accuracy of the recommendations.

So, what happens if hot food goes into the refrigerator?

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The change in taste of food.

For some dishes, it is significant to be cooled without sharp changes in temperature. Products can lose the necessary uniformity or acquire an unpleasant flavor.

There is also the risk that standing next to the food with frequent placement near them hot meals can only turn sour early.

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Violation of the integrity of the vessel.

The sharp drop in temperature often leads to cracks or splitting of glass and ceramic ware. Yes, modern technology is successfully working on these issues, by offering high-quality and resistant to all tanks.

Maybe it's not so bad if there was a crack on the pot. And yet, definitely frustrating when instead of watching a favorite movie have to wash the inner chamber of the refrigerator due to diffuse inside the liquid.

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Increasing the load on the motor-compressor.

A significant part of the engine assembly is running in a particular mode. The motor is switched on in cycles, which significantly saves power consumption and prolongs the service life of the appliance. Breaking the work cycle can mount inside the refrigerator the sensors.

Once inside the chamber becomes warmer (e.g., placed there for a hot meal), then the signal to the motor-compressor. Starts increased start-up, there are "overtime" and spend less time on vacation. Constant activity is not good for the engine. The constant increasing pace of work leads to breakage of the unit.

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Condensation on the inner surfaces of the chamber.

According to the laws of physics, many people know that hot food actively emits steam. Vapor is water. Inside the refrigerator, it had nowhere to go so it settles on the walls and in trenches for the outflow of melt water. This fact significantly increases the probability of formation of ice crust on the walls of the device.

Next time in the fridge you will see strange snow "coat" on the walls. It is worth remembering the reasons for its occurrence. Only unscheduled full defrost of the refrigerator will help get rid solidified on the walls of the condensate.


If you violate this prohibition, an unwanted consequence may not immediately occur. But it is likely that addiction is very quickly going "sideways" to his master. So is it worth the risk? Enough to work out for themselves the rule of "cold meals" to make life a little better. Otherwise, in the most unexpected moment, will have something to deal with the unpleasant consequences of the habit to send hot foods in the refrigerator.

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