My wife just cooked some 'plof' (an Ashkenazi Jewish recipe). A one pot chicken, rice, onion, carrots dish. All those are in their respective layers.
She just finished cooking it. We're going to go to sleep. She has set her timer to wake up in a few hours to put the whole pot into the fridge.
Is this gradual cooling safe? Especially for a meat dish? Does it matter whether it has meat in it or not?
I don't want to put this hot pot into the fridge because it will raise the temperature of my refrigerator.