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Defrosting Tip

Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,058
I mess up my cook planning all the time, especially when I want to marinate ahead of time.  I find myself at bed time with a frozen piece of meat that will take too long in the fridge to thaw for the next day.  Sometimes I leave it out and it is thawed in the morning, but occasionally it is too thawed that way and gets tossed.  Last night I had a brain fart and tried taking a rock hard frozen cut and putting it in a lunch sized cooler which sat out over night.  In the morning I found it was very cold, but no longer frozen.  This will be my method in this circumstance from now on.
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  • mikeb9550mikeb9550 Posts: 95
    Good tip. Same here. The only meat I freeze anymore is chicken and turkey.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,084
    Good tip Doc. Most of our frozen stuff is in food-saver bags, so we just submerge them in cold water. takes from one to three hours depending on what you are thawing.... like your lunch cooler idea, kinda like a cyber-Q for cold stuff - lets you sleep while the cooler controls the thaw. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • mikeb9550mikeb9550 Posts: 95
    I use food saver bags but cook the meals first. Thaw in boiling water. Ribs are better than the day they came off the grill.
  • Philly35Philly35 Posts: 499
    If you need something to thaw just run it under cold water. It will thaw a lot faster than you think. Make sure it's wrapped good. Ziplocks work good just make sure you squeeze the air out. Or vacuum seal it.
  • I freeze all of my steaks after learning that you can take straight from the freezer and sear on a grill or CI pan then  seasoned then put either in the oven or as I always do on the BGE @200F until internal of 130F, juiciest steak ever.  Shocked me and I continue to shock my friends every time.  This method allows me to buy prime rib on sale and cut into cowboy steaks for future cooks. I also use thick cut porterhouse this way. Me and my wife end up just splitting one.
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 1,862

    Good call, Doc.  I've done that several times and it always works out well.  The microwave is another closed place that is reasonably insulated so I used to use it for overnight defrosting... until I forgot I had something in there...

    Now, a cooler sitting on the floor of the kitchen makes it impossible to forget. 

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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