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cooling tomato sauce

hi! i just finished cooking my tomato sauce, and i need to take me and my son to the grocery store for a few things as well as household errands. can i turn off the burner and leave the sauce on the stove for a couple of hours, or will i risk foodborne illness?

my intent is to make baked ziti for tonight's dinner, yum! any help ASAP is much appreciated!!!

asked by Lisa 5 months ago
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Trena Heinrich

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added 5 months ago

I'd suggest cooling it down in the kitchen sink (filled with cold water and ice cubes) and then putting in the fridge.

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added 5 months ago

thanks trena!

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added 5 months ago

Best to be conservative, but there's really no chance of anything dangerous happening in a couple of hours. Errands being errands, there is some chance of a couple of hours turning into half a day.

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