Ever wonder what the best way to cool soup is? Well definitely do NOT just throw hot soup in the fridge unless for some strange reason you think the ice box is in need of a heat wave. Seriously, doing so will raise the temperature in your refrigerator and compromise other cooled items. In my case that would mean putting my husband’s precious, highly-protected, drink with an ice cube milk in peril. On the other hand, don’t’ leave it on the counter overnight either. In fact, don’t leave any food, including Friday night’s pepperoni and cheese, out all night. Bacteria thrive at room temp creating a good chance you will get sick. It’s that simple. The USDA actually says 2 hours tops for letting leftovers hang out on the counter. Even Thanksgiving dinner. Tisk, tisk, tisk…….
So to safely cool soup, transfer it to multiple containers, preferably shallow ones that offer the most surface area and then nestle them in a shallow ice bath. As recommended by Cooks Illustrated, refrigerate once the thermometer reads 85 degrees- about 2 hours. No tummy aches here!