Cooking ahead of time and keeping leftovers is a great way to save time and money down the road, but you could be making your fridge work harder than it needs to.
The inside of a refrigerator is a delicate environment that s more susceptible to temperature fluctuations than you might realize.
Suzanne Raga at Mental Floss explains that radiant heat from hot leftovers can dramatically raise the temperature inside the fridge, making the compressor work harder to cool the fridge back down to its preset.
This is especially true for older and smaller refrigerators.
If you want to keep your fridge running efficiently, let your food cool down to room temperature before you store it.
Just make sure you remember the 2:4 rule to store and enjoy your leftovers safely.