When cooking large hot meals, it can often lead to having left overs for another time. After consuming your hot meal before storing it, make sure you stay away from using plastic bags and keep food fresh in reusable containers. In order to keep your food fresh for longer periods of time, food must be stored in the refrigerator. However, don’t put your hot food container in the refrigerator right away. Let it cool down outside the refrigerator first, and then proceed to placing it inside. Above is a picture of the spaghetti and meat sauce I cooked last night that I let cool for a couple hours before storing it in the refrigerator.
Whether you have 20 minutes to let it cool before you have to run somewhere else or a couple hours until you go to bed, letting your food cool prior to refrigeration will prevent your refrigerator’s inside temperature from heating up. This will reduce the amount of energy your refrigerator consumes in order to keep a constant cool heat. Saving energy will reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted during the production on the energy’s source and will also save you money on your electric bills.