Originally Posted by Rare Gramps
Just an important note. When you place an item in a plastic container that is still warm leave the cover off for the first 4 hours or more to let it cool down more quickly.
Yes, you don't want to put HOT food into a container and put it in the fridge. Let it cool down, and then put it in a container, seal it, and refrigerate it.
If you need to keep it more than a week, you need to vacuum seal it. That will get you an extra two to three weeks in a fridge, and several months in a freezer.
If you don't have a vacuum sealer, get one. I have vacuum sealed and frozen meat for six months, and it has come out nearly as good as when I cooked it.