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Marinating defrosted microwave meat [duplicate]

I generally defrost my meat in microwave, I think it is recommended to immediately cook the meat after defrosting this way. But I also like to marinate my meat after defrosting, is it unsafe to do so?
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Unfreezing chicken breasts in hot water [duplicate]

I had a couple of frozen chicken breasts and I needed to thaw them quickly, so I put them in hot water (just got water from the tap, not boiling water). However, I then searched online and it is ...
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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 to quickly and safely defrost chicken?

What is the safest, quick way to defrost chicken? Microwave? Running water over it?
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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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Why exactly is thawing via hot water bad?

I read all over the internet and labels that you shouldn't thaw with hot water? However, tons of people leave meat to get to room temperature, so how is thawing with hot water bad? For instance, when ...
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Is it safe to throw frozen meat in marinade?

What if I don't wait for it to defrost. Does it affect taste in a bad way? Or is it unhealthy? How does it compare to thawed meat?
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I choose frozen fish so that it doesn't release so much water?

I bought a package of frozen, individually wrapped, vacuum-sealed pacific cod fillets (about 150-200 grams each) from what I thought was a reputable brand (and not the lowest price) in my nearest ...
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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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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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How would I quickly defrost chicken if it's going to be cooked in a crock pot?

I've read that it is O.K. to defrost chicken via the microwave or in a sink of cold water, but only if you're planning to cook the chicken right away. (How to quickly and safely defrost chicken?) I'm ...
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I need to quickly and safely thaw frozen ground beef, what are my options?

Since reading the answers to my question about defrosting meat on the counter I've been good about giving my meat time to defrost in the refrigerator. However, my plans for tonight have changed and I'...
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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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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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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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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 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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How do I defrost frozen flour tortillas?

There is a wide variety of suggestions about how to thaw frozen flour tortillas. What works best?
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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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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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Is there a problem with defrosting meat on the counter?

I generally defrost meat on the kitchen counter. A friend of mine suggested that this was dangerous and suggested that I defrost meat in the refrigerator. I am no biologist but it seems to me that as ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Can I successfully bake previously-frozen bread dough?

I prefer my bread freshly baked (who doesn't?), but my mixer prefers kneading two loaves at a time to just kneading one. I have tried to freeze the second loaf before baking it, but when I thaw it, it ...
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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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Do I need to thaw fish before steaming it?

Can I thaw fish during steam cooking or is it better to leave the fish the night before in the fridge?
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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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How do you properly defrost frozen fish?

I recently bought a package of frozen cod that contains about 6 pieces. How do you go about properly defrosting them? Thanks.
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What are the acceptable methods to thaw food items?

What are the proper ways to thaw foods? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to them?
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What are the options for thawing a frozen turkey?

I'm aware of a few methods (many days in the refrigerator, hours under cold water, etc.) for thawing a whole turkey before cooking it. However, I don't know how these methods balance against each ...
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What's the most appropriate way to thaw hamburger meat?

So I've long been in the habit of freezing my meat when I get it home from the store, and then thawing it later. My fridge tends to be set rather cool (because someone in my house likes nearly frozen ...
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How long can fish be left out? [duplicate]

I was defrosting fish and forgot about it. It has been left out for a long time. How long can fish actually be left out before it goes bad?
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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....