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    Chicken Safety Question

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    I cooked a chicken in the crockpot.

    I'm tired.

    If I just stick it on a plate in the fridge, will it be okay or will it kill me because it doesn't cool off fast enough?
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    It will be fine..... may want to cover it with saranwrap to keep it from drying out though.....

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    how else would you normally cool it, liquid nitrogen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
    how else would you normally cool it, liquid nitrogen?
    Well, you could place it in a bowl in an icebath to cool it more quickly before putting it into the fridge perhaps with a sealed bag of ice inside the chicken itself to aid in cooling. There is an argument that putting hot food into a refridgerator can cause the temps to heat up potentially causing issues for all the food in the fridge. Personally, I don't bother.
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    I usually pick the meat off the carcass, put said meat in a baggie, and put the carcass back in the pot with water. That said, you may wanna cover it with a towel or saran wrap, but you'll be fine if you didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canio6 View Post
    Well, you could place it in a bowl in an icebath to cool it more quickly before putting it into the fridge perhaps with a sealed bag of ice inside the chicken itself to aid in cooling. There is an argument that putting hot food into a refridgerator can cause the temps to heat up potentially causing issues for all the food in the fridge. Personally, I don't bother.
    i suppose you're right. although it seems to me that there is entirely too much overthinking going on all across this forum lately. a fridge has a thermostat. when the temp goes up, it makes more cold. any bacterial growth from having it be warm for a couple hours (basically none) would be killed off when the OP properly heats the chicken to eat it anyway. and i can gaurantee that one chicken placed in the oven will not substantially raise the fridge temp enough for long enough to do any damage to any of the other food. if there are any concerns, the OP could also leave the crockpot out on the counter for a few hours, go to bed, then when he/she wakes up in the middle of the night to pee, go down and toss the crockpot in the fridge.

    it must be nice to have nothing real to worry about, so you can invent problems like this just to worry about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
    i suppose you're right. although it seems to me that there is entirely too much overthinking going on all across this forum lately. a fridge has a thermostat. when the temp goes up, it makes more cold. any bacterial growth from having it be warm for a couple hours (basically none) would be killed off when the OP properly heats the chicken to eat it anyway. and i can gaurantee that one chicken placed in the oven will not substantially raise the fridge temp enough for long enough to do any damage to any of the other food. if there are any concerns, the OP could also leave the crockpot out on the counter for a few hours, go to bed, then when he/she wakes up in the middle of the night to pee, go down and toss the crockpot in the fridge.

    it must be nice to have nothing real to worry about, so you can invent problems like this just to worry about them.

    Well, I generally eat left over chicken cold and many people will toss it in the mircrowave and not necessarily get it back to the 165 degrees required by food code for reheating. That said, a home kitchen in not a commercial kitchen so not all the rules need to be followed. As I said, at home I just toss it in the fridge, I was just giving you the other side of the argument.

    Edit: I should add that I do not consider food safety an invented problem. I just generally do not cook on a large enough scale at home to worry about it - as you said, it is one chicken. It's not 5 gallons of scalding hot chicken stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canio6 View Post
    Well, I generally eat left over chicken cold and many people will toss it in the mircrowave and not necessarily get it back to the 165 degrees required by food code for reheating. That said, a home kitchen in not a commercial kitchen so not all the rules need to be followed. As I said, at home I just toss it in the fridge, I was just giving you the other side of the argument.

    Edit: I should add that I do not consider food safety an invented problem. I just generally do not cook on a large enough scale at home to worry about it - as you said, it is one chicken. It's not 5 gallons of scalding hot chicken stock.
    i certainly don't think food safety is an invented problem. in fact, i'm one of the biggest food nazis/germaphobes you could imagine. this particular situation however, is an invented problem. like you said, its 1 chicken, not 5 gallons of scalding hot chicken stock

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    I just wasn't sure if the chicken in the middle would cool off fast enough. I rarely deal with whole chickens without tearing them apart that day, but I'd already done one and was getting tired. It was put in the fridge with foil over it. I strained out the broth and put it in too.
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    sounds good to me.
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