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Defrosting meat in the refrigerator causes it to have dark spots

I defrost about 40g of meat a few times a day for my cat. I take the meat out of the freezer and put it into a small sealed container which sits in the refrigerator for a few hours. Sometimes the meet ...
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Defrosting Waitrose Chilled Chicken Kiev [duplicate]

I had Essential Waitrose Chilled chicken Kiev’s in the freezer for three months and then defrosted them in 8 hours and cooked them. Is it safe to eat them after being defrosted and then cooked like ...
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Why is thawing in warm water bad for fish and meat [duplicate]

This question has been asked before but no one addresses this point: If I defrost meat or fish, say salmon fillets, and cook them directly after, wouldn't that kill the bacteria that might have grown ...
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Can you store frozen dinners in the refrigerator for up to a week before eating them?

Given that this is "Seasoned Advice", my question may be considered blasphemy, but I'm going to take a chance anyways as the good people here are likely best suited to know the answer. ;) Is ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Some online advice says to put salmon in a bag before thawing it in cold water. My question is: Is it safe to omit the bagging, and instead thaw salmon directly in water, with no bag? If not, why?
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Should one - moreover can one - defrost a frozen lasagna before cooking?

So I purchased one of these "frozen lasagna" products at the supermarket to see what it's all about. It was in the supermarket freezer and indeed I am keeping it in the freezer of my fridge....
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Defrosting: How long should food be kept in refrigerator?

I am trying to defrost some meals by placing them in a refrigerator. The meals are a variation of salmon/halloumi + rice + greens How long should it be placed in the refrigerator? Does it depend on ...
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My freezer is filled with ice - is it safe to to use it as is?

I have just discovered that my freezer has a significant amount of ice coating. Is it safe to put meals in there for storage? If so, what would be the recommended way for defrosting those meals?
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How do you safely defrost a whole lamb?

Some supermarkets sell a whole lamb. The food safety rules for meat dictate defrosting in the fridge, never at room temperature. The next-size down, a turkey, doesn't even take 24 hours to defrost. ...
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Why worry about "danger zone" when thawing meat if I'm going to be cooking the meat immediately after? [duplicate]

I'm cooking my meat above 55C, mostly around 65C. I understand there are all kinds of safety measures surrounding defrosting. Using cold water and changing it every 30min or defrosting in the fridge. ...
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Partially defrosted chicken in cold water, then defrosted the rest of the way in the fridge

I thought I wanted to cook chicken last night, so I put the frozen chicken breasts (in original packaging) in a bowl of cold water to defrost. After about 30 minutes, I realized that to make the dish ...
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How do commercial operations defrost large amounts

I know the basic health regulations but practically what do large scale operations do to defrost chicken/meats? Trying to defrost it all in the fridge takes approximately forever, and doing it all ...
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Are defrosting trays safe?

From what I can tell, defrosting trays are only of any practical use when defrosting very thin cuts of meat e.g. burgers or fish. Anything more dense or substantial (e.g. a ready meal, a small frozen ...
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Defrosting at room temperature only one hour and then thaw in the refrigerator safe or not? [duplicate]

I know that it is unsafe to defrost frozen items at room temperature longer than 2 hours, but is it okay to leave frozen meat at room temperature for 1-2 hours and then move to fridge to continue ...
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Meat defrosting too fast

I had purchased a 14 pound packer brisket a couple weeks ago to smoke for Easter. I put it in the freezer after I got home. I pulled it out of the freezer and put it in the fridge (set at 37 degrees F)...
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How long to keep defrosted vegetables in the fridge

I normally buy frozen bags of vegetables from the supermarket, but I currently don't have a freezer to store them in and have been putting them straight in the fridge instead. How long will they keep ...
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How to defrost frozen food in fridge

I've read that allowing frozen food to defrost in the fridge or under running water is generally a good idea (compared to leaving it out on the worktop). I'm aware there are some situations where it's ...
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Should I microwave-defrost sandwiches?

I freeze sandwiches made from homemade bread rolls at the weekend, paired in plastic bags, and get a set out at 6 am to take to work in a rucksack. They stay there until I eat them at noon, when they'...
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Can defrosting chicken make it slimy?

I bought chicken drumsticks on January 11th and froze them on the 11th. They had a best before date of January 13th. I put them in the fridge yesterday to defrost and am cooking them now but they were ...
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How to defrost coriander / cilantro?

My local supermarket has cheap frozen coriander/cilantro. But when I defrost it by leaving it in a bowl for an hour, it turns into a slimy mess. How can I defrost it so that I get nice fresh leaves?
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Accidentally bought a "butter basted" turkey. Can/should I still brine it?

I was looking forward to trying out brining a turkey this year. But I have ended up in the UK for Thanksgiving and have had to buy a "butter-basted" turkey. I have done a lot of googling, but can't ...
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Why does this work? (defrosting steak)

I needed to defrost a steak and followed the advice in this article. In short you invert a pot, place the steak on top (bottom?), then place a pot with hot water on top of that. To my surprise, it ...
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Can you reheat cooked calamari without thawing?

Can you reheat cooked calamari without thawing first? If I take it from the freezer and boil it, how long will it take to reheat the calamari?
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How should I store chilli for freezing and later defrosting?

I usually make too much chilli so I want to freeze it and defrost it later to eat. Right now I am just using unbranded plastic containers to hold the chilli when it's frozen. I'm assuming it's ...
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How to stir fry frozen veggies?

There are various frozen veggie mixes available in my local grocery shops, that are meant to be used in stir fries (according to their description at least), but I can't seem to get satisfactory ...
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Can I defrost fish in the microwave?

Is it OK to defrost fish in a microwave? Any particular precautions? Generally, what is the best way to defrost fish in 15 or 30 minutes before cooking? Sometimes it comes in plastic, sometimes not....
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Should I thaw cherries for a sour cream cherry pie?

I have a bag of frozen cherries and want to bake a pie with them, adding creme fraiche. I'll probably use a recipe intended for sour cream, as they are easier to find. But they tend to use fresh ...
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Can I store raw meat in the fridge after defrosting in the microwave?

I had a frozen package of bacon. I only wanted to use half the bacon, but couldn't separate the frozen bacon strips, so I defrosted the whole package in the microwave. The bacon got quite warm - not ...
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defrosting homemade frozen bread

I made several loaves of bread 7 days prior to use due to time constraint, so I decided to freeze them after fully cooled, 8 hours after cooked. Normally with frozen bread I would let out at room ...
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How long does Turkey Crown take to defrost at room temperature?

So, I think I've messed up on Turkey defrosting for Christmas Day. Packaging says defrost for 10-12 hours per kilogram in a fridge at 4 degrees centigrade. Turkey Crown is 2.8kg so thats 28hours or ...
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I have two days to thaw a 16 pound turkey; Can I start thawing it in cold water, and do the rest in the fridge?

The calculator here: http://www.butterball.com/how-tos/thaw-a-turkey says I need about four days of thawing, and I only have two. Can I cold water thaw it at the start, and let the rest thaw in the ...
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Defrosting meat - broken freezer [duplicate]

I have had to buy a new freezer as mine broke last night, a new one will be delivered tomorrow morning, but I have to unplug it tonight. Will it be safe to put the meat in the new freezer possibly 10 ...
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Is it OK to defrost chicken by running water over it?

I know that there's a risk of bacteria in any area where you defrost chicken, but what about the chicken itself? Will running water over it (unwrapped) reduce the taste or change the texture?
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Defrosting individual frozen fish fillets---- in their plastic packets, or not?

The directions in the packet says to remove the plastic packets first before defrosting. But the packet helps to manage the mess and stops fishy water running all over the place. I defrost them by ...
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Cooking frozen food that was cooked

I want to cook a big batch of food and store it in the freezer. Mainly these meals consist of vegetables and chicken. When I want to eat the meal I will take it out of the freezer and defrost it. The ...
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The center is still cold when I deep fry my precooked frozen chicken

Two days ago, after I seasoned my chicken breasts I stuffed them with smoked turkey slices (not a fan of ham) and some mozzarella cheese (don't have swiss). I battered them with flour, seasoned egg, ...
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Why does my meat never thaw in the fridge?

Everyone on the internet says you should never thaw meat outside of the fridge. My fridge is about 40f cold, and meat NEVER thaws in it. Its always at least -4f even after sitting in fridge overnight. ...
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Do defrosting plates work in reverse?

Does heat transference go both ways? Can I use the defrosting plate to cool something more rapidly, say a hot pot or pan?
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How do you defrost frozen chili peppers without them turning soggy?

How do you defrost frozen chilli peppers without them going soggy? (I suppose this applies to other frozen fruit and vegetables with a high water content.)
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How long does unwhipped whipped topping last in the fridge

I have a defrosted container of frozen non-dairy whip topping (specifically, Rich's Rich Whip). How long will it last in the fridge before I whip it? It's essentially a non-dairy substitute for cream....
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Why won't my ground beef thaw?

I put ground beef in the fridge 3 days ago and it's still frozen! Why isn't it thawing like normal?
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Forgot to Turn on Crock Pot [duplicate]

I put a frozen beef roast (about 2 lbs) in the crockpot with some sherry and onions, but forgot to turn the crock pot on. The lid was on, and when I got home about 6 hours later the roast was still ...
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Defrosting meat/fish in warm water

I have found warm water to be a great way to quickly defrost meat and fish as opposed to just letting it sit outside the freezer, which is what my mom does. But I wonder if there are any negative ...
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Food safety issues related to eating raw frozen vegetables

I just pulled out a package of frozen spinach and noticed a warning "Cook from frozen, product must be cooked before consumption". I found the same on a package of frozen baby peas and I'm sure I've ...
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Why is expired frozen chicken safe to eat?

It seems to be a widely held belief that that freezing chicken, and then defrosting, cooking, and eating it much later (well past the expiration date) is a perfectly fine thing to do. What makes it ...
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Lightly defrost chicken in microwave to separate them

I had two pieces of chicken breast in a tupperware container in my freezer. I wanted to separate them and put one in the fridge below, so I put it in the microwave on defrost (fairly weak machine, and ...
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Is a longer defrost better than microwave defrosting?

I was taught the idea that if you let frozen meat thaw out over night then it is better for the end product that defrosting it in the microwave? Does this have merit or is it just an old wives tale? ...
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Freezing and defrosting Cantaloupe is still good in the fridge?

I recently sliced a Cantaloupe and put it in the freezer for future use to make some easy-and-cold shakes. Then I read somewhere that putting it in the freezer for a long time is not a good idea, so I ...
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To boil frozen food with chicken without microwave

Assume you have microwave food dishes with chicken and you have no microwave. What is the recommended time to boil the food? The temperature is less than microwave can reach. I think the time should ...
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What is the quickest way to defrost a vegetable curry without a microwave?

I use gas stove. What is the quickest way to defrost a vegetable curry without a microwave?
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