- Dec 2013
Well I suppose that it might if you took the pot roast directly from the stove and put it in the refrigerator. I'm assuming by the time you served everyone who was going to be served (after letting the pot roast rest before cutting) the temperature would be much less anyway. At any rate, I'd be amazed if such a roast would raise the temp in your fridge to 45 degrees, and probably only for a half hour or so, after which time it would start to go down. Not nearly enough time to change the temperature of a half gallon of milk more than a degree or two at the most.Yes. I think that a 350 degree pot roast would significantly increase the temperature inside my refrigerator, even as the refrigerator struggled to compensate by running continuously.
On the other hand I absolutely do not believe that "hot food will spoil if refrigerated before cooling to room temperature". That's absurd nonsense. It is quite rational, however, to avoid putting hot food into the refrigerator.
Trust me, you'll be fine. If the pot roast could raise the temperature in your fridge that much, your ice would melt.