What’s the best way to defrost meat? – I’m always worried about defrosting meat out of the fridge. How long is it OK to keep it out to defrost? Or is there a better way to defrost meat?

Posted by anon, 02/10/13
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  • well in our house we just sit it opn the table and wait until it feels quite defrosted then we cut it and cook it and all seeems fine.. i guess to answer how long youd wait depends on the size of meat



  • Depends on the weather. Mild to cold weather I will pull it out in the morning and leave it out. Hot weather I will pull it out of the freezer the day before and let it defrost in the fridge.



  • Either in the fridge overnight or in the sink with hot water for half hour to an hour before I cook it, it won’t hurt leaving it on sink/bench during the if needed day it’s been done that way for many years before microwaves and access to hot tap water



  • Cool! Really interesting reading the comments to this!



  • I grab my meat out the night before and sit it on the sink. It’s defrosted by morning and it doesn’t get too hot overnight to cause any bug things happening



  • In the fridge, I don’t risk meat!



  • If i’m organised i put it in the fridge the night before… otherwise i defrost in the microwave.



  • I defrost meat by leaving it in the fridge on the bottom shelf,l dont like leaving it out of the fridge but if l do its for about half an hour to speed up the process.



  • Usually overnight in the fridge is ok. Red meat does not have the same dangers associated as chicken so I do at timescook with it while it’s still semi frozen. Works well for casseroles but if cooking steaks it’s better to let them defrost completely. tastes much better



  • For a quick defrost I usually just leave the meat (covered) in a large bowl/pot of very cold water, when the water gets close to warm temp, tip out and repeat the process until the meat is defrosted (usually a pack of mince defrost in an hr or so for me)



  • Always in the fridge.



  • I take the meat out of the freezer the night before and place it in the fridge. By dinner time it will be defrosted. Never let it defrost outside the fridge.



  • Overnight in the fridge on a lower shelf. I don’t like using the microwave as it partially cooks it even on defrost settings and don’t like leaving it outside the fridge in case of bacteria growth.



  • Always in the fridge overnight or longer never on the bench



  • Best way to defrost is to leave overnight in fridge. If you are in a hurry or forgot the night before, use microwave right before cooking.


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