Cooling foods Tip

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Cooling foods Tip

Postby ojami » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:23 pm

When I'm in a hurry and I've cooked food or warmed leftovers, I can't put it in the bento box warm. So I'll toss it in my freezer for a few minutes while I'm prepping the rest of the lunch.

Any other good cooling methods out there?
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Re: Cooling foods Tip

Postby smoke » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:32 pm

I cooked directly in the container this time. I couldn't think of how to cool it down safetly, though it probably could have tolerated the fridge after the first 5 minutes. The only free place to put it was on the metal dish-drying rack, and it shed heat a lot better than if I had put it on a towel. I imagine that's the point of cookie cooling racks.
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Re: Cooling foods Tip

Postby gfbentomom » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:04 pm

ojami wrote:When I'm in a hurry and I've cooked food or warmed leftovers, I can't put it in the bento box warm. So I'll toss it in my freezer for a few minutes while I'm prepping the rest of the lunch.

Any other good cooling methods out there?


Ha! Ha! I do the same thing!
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Re: Cooling foods Tip

Postby ScottishJill » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:01 am

living in a fairly cold place has its benefits in the morning... I put whatever I'm bento-ing that day in the box and leave it next to an open window while I get ready for work. Everything cools down quickly and it airs the apartment before I leave - a two-in-one solution!

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Re: Cooling foods Tip

Postby gfbentomom » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:10 pm

ScottishJill wrote:living in a fairly cold place has its benefits in the morning... I put whatever I'm bento-ing that day in the box and leave it next to an open window while I get ready for work. Everything cools down quickly and it airs the apartment before I leave - a two-in-one solution!


I like that!
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Re: Cooling foods Tip

Postby ojami » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:28 pm

Spiffy idea ScottishJill! Though I can only do that when it's not dead of winter here. (No way I'd open a window when it's subzero F here!)
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Re: Cooling foods Tip

Postby Megs » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:53 pm

I used to put my rice pan, after the rice cooked, in front of our box fan in the morning, since hubs wasn't up yet and the fan was stil on... I'm not ambitious enough to get up before him anymore, though.
My train of thought was, I was afraid something in the frigde (i.e. onions) might flavor the rice.
Truthfully, that's probably the weirdest cooking thing I've even done :lol:
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Re: Cooling foods Tip

Postby kawaii09 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:10 pm

I usually cook all my little bits the day before and keep em in tupperware containers in the fridge. In the morning I just pop them in the microwave till they're heated and pack the bento cups, then I store the whole box without the lid in the fridge till it's cool. :)
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