How to defrost quickly and safely?

You forgot to defrost the products beforehand and now you are looking for the fastest way to do it? Do you take the product out of the freezer to keep it at room temperature? Or do you put it in hot water? If the answer is yes, stop whatever you are doing to take a look at our article. Remember that improper thawing hides food risks that are not worth taking. In this article, you will find out how to thaw a product quickly, but without compromising its quality or endangering your health. You will also understand which defrosting methods you must avoid at all costs!

Can defrosting be dangerous?

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You may come across and hear many defrosting methods. However, we promise you that our proposal for you will only consist of healthy methods that preserve the quality of the product and your health too. That’s the most important thing, right?

Planning ahead is key with this method due to the long lead time required. It can take even 24 hours depending on the product to be thawed. Even small amounts of frozen foods like a pound of ground meat or chicken breasts take an entire day to thaw. When defrosting food in the refrigerator, there are some delicate points to consider.

In particular, you should know that certain areas of the appliance can keep food colder than others. Also, food will take longer to thaw in a refrigerator set at 1°C than in a refrigerator set at 5°C.
After thawing in the refrigerator, products such as minced meat, stew, poultry, seafood, remain in good condition for a day or two before being cooked. As for cuts of red meat (such as roasts, chops and steaks of beef, pork or lamb), they can last 3 to 5 days. Additionally, food thawed in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking, although there may be some loss of quality.

The fridge is the healthiest way to defrost a food product!

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Have you allowed enough time for defrosting?

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This method is faster than defrosting in the refrigerator, but on the other hand, it requires more attention. Food must be placed in a sealed plastic bag or wrapper. If the bag leaks, bacteria from the air or the environment can get into the food. Additionally, the tissues of the meat can absorb water, making the product watery.

Immerse the bag in cold tap water. Then don’t forget to change the water every 30 minutes so that the product continues to thaw. Small packets of meat, poultry or seafood that weigh around 500g can be defrosted in an hour or less. On the other hand, defrosting a package between 1 kg and 1.5 kg can take 2 or 3 hours.

Take into account that if it is completely thawed, the food must be cooked immediately. We do not advise you to refreeze the product as you can do in the case of thawing in the fridge.

Put food in cold water

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A bowl of cold water to thaw quickly

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Should I thaw before cooking?

Don’t have a microwave or time to defrost products? Remember that it is possible to cook food from the frozen state. It is true that cooking will take about 50% longer than usual depending on the product. However, in any case, it is better to wait than to resort to certain quick but dangerous methods. What are its methods? Read the following paragraphs to find out!

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What are the risks of thawing?

We are talking about risk-free defrosting. But do you know what risk we are talking about exactly? It is the unhealthy bacteria that are responsible for the limited shelf life of food products. Did you know that freezing does not kill bacteria, but it stops their growth, because they cannot grow in too low a temperature. However, as soon as the temperature starts to rise, the bacteria wake up. This is why some freezing methods are literally dangerous. This is also the reason why the fridge is the safest method – its temperature always remains more or less low.

Room temperature is ideal for the growth of unhealthy bacteria. Therefore, thawed products should be eaten immediately. You know, however, that a frozen product does not defrost all at once. While waiting for the slower parts to defrost, the faster parts will develop bacteria. This means that defrosting at room temperature is dangerous for large volume products and it is more or less acceptable for small pieces of meat for example.

Can a product be thawed at room temperature?

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Thawing in hot water is a very bad idea! Don’t do this! Hot water is the perfect atmosphere for the spread of harmful bacteria! As in room temperature, the whole product will not thaw all at once. Even a short time in hot water can diminish the quality of the thawed parts of the product.

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