Care recipient (cr) leaves prepared foods out on the counter to cool off before putting them in the refrigerator caregiver (cg) is concerned that the food may sit out too long spoil and result in a food safety issue

Try: Encourage the cr do the following cool hot foods quickly by putting them directly in the refrigerator to cool this will not hurt the refrigerator place the food dishes pans and so on in an ice water bath to cool quickly before putting in the refrigerator for foods with volume such as soup place into shallow containers to shorten the needed cooling times

Materials: Ice water shallow food storage containers

Categories: Maintenance, Medical Physical

Information: n/a

References: Adapted from www foodsafety gov and www cdc foodsafety

Keywords: Leftovers food storage food spoilage

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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