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The Best Way to Quickly & Safely Thaw Frozen Meat - Food Safety

The Best Way to Quickly & Safely Thaw Frozen Meat - Food Safety
From The Kitchn - October 19, 2017

I do my best to plan ahead and let meat thaw slowly in the fridge, but sometimes the mood for a certain dish strikes or company drops by and I just need to get a frozen chicken breast or a few steaks thawedpronto! When this happens, here's what I do to get that meat skillet-ready quickly and safely.

The Best Way to Thaw Meat

The absolute best way to thaw frozen meat is to leave it in the fridge until it's completely thawed. This way, the meat is never in the temperature danger zone where bacteria grows quickly (41F to 135F). The meat also has more time to reabsorb the ice crystals that formed between the fibers, which gives it a better texture when cooked.

The Best Way to Quickly & Safely Thaw Frozen Meat

I learned this method for thawing meat in our food safety class in culinary school and have used it ever since! When the slower method is not possible, here's what to do.

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