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Old 07-22-2002, 05:20 AM
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In the food industry we use a couple of different methods: 1)divide food in to smaller containers so it will cool faster 2) ice water bath - take a soup or sauce and place the container into a larger one that is filled with ice water, stir until cooled will take at least 10-15 min depending on your batch size 3) cooling stick - this is actually a stir stick that is frozen and used to stir the food cooling it from the inside out (check at the higher priced kitchen stores). It is actually not recommended to put hot food in the fridge for 2 reasons 1) it makes your fridge work harder to cool off costing you more $$ and 2) it can raise the fridge temp to the danger zone (temp at which bacteria etc will rapidly multiply). Both of these things will just cost you money in the long run.
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