Refrigerating tomato sauce in the pot you cooked it in?

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by worktogthr, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    For Easter I am making Sunday gravy (meat sauce). I have off today and it's a rainy day so I figured I'd make it ahead of time. My question is, can I safely store the cooled sauce with all the meat in it, in the fridge in the stainless steel pot I am currently cooking it in? I am going to be using that same pot to reheat it on Sunday so if I can save some containers and dishes to clean I would be happy. If not no big deal, but I was just wondering if t could possibly affect the flavor of the sauce, especially since tomatoes are very acidic. Thanks so much!

    -Chris
     
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Chris I do that all the time,let the pot get down to almost room temp,then into the fridge IMHO the gravy benefits from being made early.Manga 

    Richie
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree & since it's stainless steel the sauce or pan won't be affected by the acidity of the tomato's. 

    Al
     
  4. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


    Thanks so much guys! Just needed some reassurance because this sauce has about 10 pounds of meat in it and I'd hate to ruin it.
     
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Chris sorry to say this but you are under estimating your own abilities.You are a good cook using all proper temps. Have a happy Easter

    Richie

    Post some of the gravy or PM me I love that stuff 
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Only possible issue is that is a huge Thermal Mass and will take a long time to cool. Leaving in the pot is no issue but cool the pot in Ice Water and stir the sauce periodically to distribut the heat and keep covered. Replace the ice as needed....JJ
     
  7. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Chef! I was worried about that myself so I actually put it out on my deck covered, which was about 20 degrees cooler than my kitchen so it cooled down pretty quick.
     
  8. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks a lot Richie! I will do a thread about it. I took pics along the way! Happy Easter to you too!
     

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