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novabill
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Need Gumbo Advice
Cooked about 4 gallons to bring to our office Open house tomorrow. It is still on the stove and warm.

Do I leave it out all night or try to refrigerate it and heat up in the morning? Will it go bad if put in fridge while warm?

TIA


cj35
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re: Need Gumbo Advice
what kind of gumbo? does it have any seafood in it?


tsunami11
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Making mine now and plan on putting the whole pot outside tonight due to the perfect weather...same as my frig


Gris Gris
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re: Need Gumbo Advice
If you divide some in smaller pots, they will cool faster so you can get it all in the fridge overnight.



Kim Jong Ir
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Do I leave it out all night or try to refrigerate it and heat up in the morning? Will it go bad if put in fridge while warm?



Don't leave it out. Put the pot in the sink in an ice water bath. It will cool down enough to put in the fridge.


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t00f
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+1 w/ GG. That’s how we do it.


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novabill
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Crossville, TN
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re: Need Gumbo Advice
Shrimp and crab


novabill
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Crossville, TN
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re: Need Gumbo Advice
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Making mine now and plan on putting the whole pot outside tonight due to the perfect weather...same as my frig



Put it outside while warm?


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cj35
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Shrimp and crab
If it's seafood then definitely cool it off until ready to heat before serving. The ice bath is a great way to accomplish this rapidly. Then keep it at 40F (refrigerator) until you are ready to reheat it.
This post was edited on 12/6 at 8:10 pm


little billy
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Making mine now and plan on putting the whole pot outside tonight due to the perfect weather...same as my frig





Some coons gonna eat good tonight


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novabill
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Crossville, TN
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cj35


What about setting in chest freezer until cool? Same result?


cj35
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It will help cool it down, but it will also heat up the chest freezer. Could thaw anything else in the freezer and would put undo strain on the freezer. If you can do the ice bath, that would be preferably.


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GusMcRae
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re: Need Gumbo Advice
Don't understand... if it's warm, and you want it cold, it's somehow got to get from warm to cold, so why can't you put a warm gumbo or anything else in a cold fridge/freezer/ice chest?


TH03
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1. Could heat up the fridge or freezer causing it to over stress to get temp back down

2. Could lead to food sitting in the danger temp zone and make you sick later.


novabill
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re: Need Gumbo Advice
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Don't understand... if it's warm, and you want it cold, it's somehow got to get from warm to cold, so why can't you put a warm gumbo or anything else in a cold fridge/freezer/ice chest?



Something about it going bad if put in fridge while warm. Just learned about ice bath.


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rooster108bm
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Could lead to food sitting in the danger temp zone and make you sick later.


As long as it's reheated to the proper temp this danger is eliminated.


cj35
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As long as it's reheated to the proper temp this danger is eliminated.
While there is some truth in this statement, you don't want to overheat a seafood gumbo for too long if not necessary, the seafood can become quite rubbery. Therefore handling the gumbo correctly throughout the process will lead to a better end product at serving.


rooster108bm
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While there is some truth in this statement, you don't want to overheat a seafood gumbo for too long if not necessary, the seafood can become quite rubbery.


No argument with that from me. I won't even eat leftover fish, but it's not because of a health hazard, it's because it's not as good.


Stadium Rat
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re: Need Gumbo Advice
Do what GG said. You have to put it into smaller containers so every bit of it will chill down. If you put it in warm in a big pot, the middle of the pot will be in the danger zone for hours.

If you think about your Tupperware or other storage containers, most are no thicker than about 4 inches. That's for this reason.


CHEDBALLZ
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Put it in the fridge warm and stir every hour for 3 hours.


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