The blue cloth you see in the photo is normally called a “Hot Pad,” but in this case however it is really a cold pad. We have a fairly small refrigerator, and whenever I make soup in a big pot, often there is not enough room in the fridge to store it, so during the winter I just put the pot outside on the balcony.
The soup was outside yesterday when the outside temperature was -24C (-11F). I was not about to hold the pot with my bare hands to carry the frigid metal container down to the kitchen (very cold metal feels like it is burning the skin) so I got a hot pad to protect my hands.
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