I took an old trivet and mounted a 90mm PC cooling fan underneath it wired
to a 12VDC power supply and connected to an electric timer so I could select
the time the fan was on. It's saved me from many a burn inside my mouth
when cooking microwave entrees. At first I was going to mount rechargeable
batteries in the trivet and build a charging base station so there were no
dangling wires but my wife pointed out that putting hot plates on top of
batteries was probably asking for trouble. Hangs up neatly on the wall
near the oven. Someday I will build a cord retractor to wind up the slack
wire. For now I just wrap the cord around the fan (its designed with a
channel all the way around that makes it easy). Very useful for cooking
pot pies in the toaster oven that come out at roughly the temperature of
molten lava (insert disclaimer for the humor challenged - I'm
exaggerating!). I once got third degree burns doing that and can still
remember the hissing sound of my saliva boiling off when the pot pie goo hit
I believe the recommendation to cover the hot food has to do with airborne
spores and other contaminants like Uncle Lou sneezing on it. Putting it in
the fridge right away has one advantage - you can't forget and leave
something out overnight unintentionally. I'm so forgetful I often find a
cooked late night snack waiting for me in the microwave when I go to make my
morning coffee. That's when I turn to the dog and say "Did YOU do this?"
They sell little sewer-grate looking things called trivets, specifically
to put under hot containers. Since I am reading this on alt.home.repair,
I'll suggest making your own. Buy a cheap but thick wooden cutting
board, like for cheese at parties, and cut a tapered hole in center the
correct size to hold bowl in a non-wobbly fashion. (Isn't the bowl on a
pot holder wobbly?) Drill a few skinny holes edgeways in from the
outside, to allow ventilation. You want a board and hole sized so bean
bowl doesn't actually ever touch the glass.
Personally, I'd just set a plate over the top to keep bugs out, and
leave it sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes, and not worry about it.
If you get called away, several hours will not make any difference to
the beans, safety or taste-wise. You eat beans out of crock-pot at
buffets, don't you? On the 'warm' setting, they are a fine incubator.
Those shelves are made of tempered glass, not low-expansion Pyrex, and
can easily crack if something hot touches them. Also doesn't your
wife/girlfriend or mother prohibit you from setting anything made of
metal, glass, or ceramic directly against glass shelves because they
can get scratched and even crack? Sometimes it takes just a small
scratch to cause a crack, and a piece of tempered glass will burst
into thousands of tiny pieces when cracked.
You never finished cooking something, then was suddenly called away
unexpectedly? Never been called back to work for some emergency?
Must be nice to be able to stay home forever. Restaurants do not wait
around for warm/hot foods to cool at closing time. They put them in
the cold case. Get real.
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