Stainless Steel Cookware in Refrigerator?
I have a set of Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel cookware, and noticed that on Calphalon's website they say that this cookware is not refrigerator safe. For the past couple of months since I've had the cookware, I've been making soups/stews etc., and storing them inside the cookware within the refrigerator (after letting the food cool down a little bit).
Now I'm a little worried I might have damaged the cookware; I don't see any visible signs of damage, and it has never crossed my mind that it might not be good to put your cookware in the refrigerator for a couple days. Is this a big deal? Why is the cookware not refrigerator safe? If I continue to do this, would it shorten the life/damage the pots/pans?
I think it relates to their advice on food safety from the FAQs on their website:
Can I store food - like spaghetti sauce or a pot of chili - in my Calphalon pan overnight in the refrigerator?
No. We recommend that you never store food in any metal cookware, including Commercial Nonstick. Cookware is not designed for storage and is not airtight. Bacteria and odors can contaminate the food stored inside.
Don't worry about the cookware.. your refrigerator is only at around 40deg - its not like you are dropping the pot into a vat of liquid nitrogen. The poster above speaking about food issues is on point.. the warning has nothing to do with the stainless..
Plus Farberware and all those other SS companies sell the graduated bowls with lids, for food storage.
I don't see anything harmful to the food, storing it in the stainless pans, and I don't see anything harmful to the pans, as long as OP takes the normal steps one should with any cookware--i.e., when you take it out of the fridge, let it go to room temp before sticking in a hot oven or a hot burner, etc.
Sounds like a "fear of spurious lawsuits" warning to me, too.
Little story, kinda related. Years ago the Vollrath company, a maker of kitchen gear for food service applications, made a nice set of stainless steel canisters for food service use. Apparently they sold the same exact item to hospitals for sanitary use (you sometimes see them in exam rooms storing cotton balls and so on) but priced them considerably higher for medical use than for kitchen use.
And the beat goes on....
You know, john, that brings up a good point, which gets mentioned from time to time on these boards, but bears repeating. Just as docs offices could have saved money back then by sticking the cotton balls in SS kitchen cannisters, sometimes we can find things we need for the kitchen at places like the hardware store or plumbing supply places, for a lot less money. Like those people who buy a thick dowel at the lumber yard for, like, a buck-fifty to use as their rolling pins, etc.