Defrosting Frozen Foods the Correct Way

Category : General Tips

There are many different methods that people use to defrost frozen foods. However, all of these methods may not be best. For example, thawing your foods on the counter is not a good way because it may lead to a growth in harmful bacteria, which can possibly lead to a foodborne illness. The inside of your frozen food may have just begun to defrost, when the outside has already reached 40 degrees Farenheit or more, which could be dangerous. Foods in which this would not be the best method are raw or cooked meat, poultry and egg products. Therefore, I will explain how to defrost frozen foods correctly. This method will help you especially for barbecuing food quickly so pay close attention.

Use the Refrigerator

The most common and safe way of defrosting your frozen food is to let it thaw in the refrigerator. Of course, it may be hard to do sometimes if you have not planned in advance. However, if you do know in advance that you need to defrost frozen food then this is one of the best ways. The time that it will take for your frozen food to thaw depends on how big or small the food is that you want to defrost. Also, what is good about this method is that after your food has defrosted, if you change your mind about using it, you can leave it thawed in the refrigerator for another day or two. This is true for foods, such as poultry, seafood and ground meat. Red meats, such as beef, steaks and pork chops can stay an additional three to five days.

Cold Water Helps Thaw Food Quickly

Another good method to use when you have not planned far enough in advance to thaw in the refrigerator is to thaw out your frozen food in cold water. In order for this method to work, your frozen food needs to be in a leak proof package, such as a plastic zip lock bag. The frozen food must be submerged in cold water. You must also change the water every thirty minutes or so. You cannot leave the original cold water because it may become warm and therefore a growth in bacteria could arise. With this method, in order to determine how long it will take to thaw also depends on the size of your frozen food. It can range from less than an hour to three or more.

Last Resort, the Microwave

If you need to thaw your food fast and cannot be bothered with changing the cold water, then thawing your food in the microwave may be your best option. Most microwaves have a defrost button, in which you can input what you want to defrost or at least the pounds of your frozen food, in order to determine how long it will take to thaw in the microwave. Once your frozen food thaws in the microwave it needs to be cooked immediately. The reason for this is that some parts of the food may begin to cook while defrosting in the microwave. Therefore, if you wait to cook your food then bacteria may begin to grow.

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