Originally Posted by BrooklynQ
Why not just wrap it and put it directly in the fridge? Why the extra cool down step?
Most home fridges cannot handle a sudden heat load like that, and the bird will actually heat up the fridge, and it will take so long to cool everything back down that every thing in the fridge will be in the danger zone for too long.
Therefore, cool the bird down first, get it into the room temp range fast, then into the fridge.