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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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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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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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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 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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How to defrost frozen pizza dough quickly?

Obviously, best practice for defrosting it to leave the pizza dough on the counter or in the fridge overnight, then let it rise before cooking it. However, I've got company coming tonight, and I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the best way to defrost ice-cream/sorbet quickly?

I made some sorbet at the weekend, and realised just when we were due to serve that I had forgot to take it out of the freezer to soften, and so it was rock hard. What is the best way to bring it to ...
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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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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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Why does sauce go watery after freezing?

If I freeze a sauce, particularly something with mince in it, when defrosted it produces excess water. The sauce before frozen is nicely thickened. I think it might be because the proteins in the ...
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Partially defrosting, then refreezing?

OK, so we shouldn't refreeze meat once it's been defrosted. But if I've partially defrosted meat, then popped it back in the freezer, is that safe? Specifically I'm thinking of sausages or steaks or ...
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What is the “idea” behind thawing out meat?

Is it some how better to thaw out meat in a refrigerator versus on the counter versus running hot water over it versus in the microwave? Is it the longer the time meat has to thaw out the more taste ...
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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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Substitute frozen cranberries for fresh berries

I just came across this recipe that calls for 1 1/4 cups of fresh cranberries. I was wondering if it was possible to substitute frozen cranberries instead. I am assuming that I have to thaw the ...
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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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Defrosting chicken breasts in marinade

I want to defrost chicken breasts and would like to marinate them. Since time may be an issue, can I place frozen chicken breasts in zip lock bag with marinade?
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Am I cooking frozen fish safely?

I am always ultra paranoid about cooking food properly - especially fish. I have started buying frozen salmon. On the packet it says to cook from frozen covered with some water in the microwave. I ...
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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 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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Why can food be left out to cool (140F to 40F in < 6h) but not to defrost?

Local government food safety guidelines for storing foods (p26) which have already been cooked stipulate food internal temperature must be brought from above 140F (serving temperature) to 70F in less ...
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Defrosting frozen soup

I am planning on defrosting some leftover turkey soup for supper tonight. To make it go farther I am planning on adding noodles to the soup in addition to some vegetables (ie. carrots). In this case I ...
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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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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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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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Can I cook my haggis from frozen?

It's Burn's Night and I want to cook some Haggis. I froze my Haggis over a week ago. The packet advises to 'fully defrost before cooking'. After which it advises a 90 minute blast in the oven (or less ...
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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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Can you thaw a frozen turkey in a dryer?

In the TV show New Girl, there is an episode (season 1, episode 6) in which they are cooking for Thanksgiving but forgot to thaw the Turkey, so they put it in the dryer, but it has some unexpected ...
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why does my microwave beep half way through a defrost?

When I defrost meat in my microwave, it will beep about half way through the cycle. I'm assuming this is to indicate to me that I need to do something, I'm just not sure what. Am I supposed to check ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Right way to defrost roux

I like preparing a large quantity of Roux and pouring them in ice trays to keep them in the freezer. However, I'm always confused about the right way of defrosting them for use. The typical use of ...
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Freezing Mashed Potatoes - any way to prevent drying out?

I am making shepherd's pie soon for freezing, and have been given conflicting advice regarding freezing the mash potato topping. I've been told both to freeze only the mince base and make the mash ...
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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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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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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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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 approx 3.5kg of pork, and then cooking more than once?

I've got about 3.5kg (7.5lbs) of rolled pork (with lots of skin crackling) vacuum-packed in my freezer which has been there for just under a month. I've got around 20 coming to eat on Saturday for a ...
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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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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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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 ...