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Should one - moreover can one - defrost a frozen lasagna before cooking?

Frozen foods are made for convenience. For most people, convenience does not include remembering to defrost the food several hours before cooking. So the recipe and cooking method are indeed for ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

The salmon will get water logged and mushy (and consequently release a lot of water during the cooking process) if you omit the bag. It's not unsafe, but it will decrease the quality of the salmon.
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Can you store frozen dinners in the refrigerator for up to a week before eating them?

I wouldn't recommend it for a couple of reasons: Food in general degrades much faster in the fridge than in the freezer, so you risk spoilage during that time. Most prepared foods are not ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Osmotic Pressure If you boil vegetables in water, some of the compounds from within the cells will leach out of the vegetables into the water. The reason is because vegetables are bags of water with ...
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Should one - moreover can one - defrost a frozen lasagna before cooking?

Outside of premade freezer dishes (as Johanna notes, those are basically never defrosted), the "do I need to defrost it" question is really quite interesting. For the most part, if the food ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Yes, if you use brine! (And keep an eye on it to make sure you don't leave it in too long after thawing.) It's interesting that Lawnmower Man brings up osmotic pressure. Though he makes some very ...
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Defrosting individual frozen fish fillets---- in their plastic packets, or not?

If you defrost in water, by all means keep the plastic on. If it weren't wrapped, you'd put it in a baggie anyway and not dump it directly into the water. The instructions to unwrap are for ...
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How to stir fry frozen veggies?

The trick is to not use a wok at all. A wok works by concentrating a lot of heat on the bottom, more heat than you can achieve with a home stove. "Stir frying" moves the food from the cool sides of ...
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Why does this work? (defrosting steak)

Have you ever noticed that if you walk outside on a cold day and touch a metal object, the metal feels colder then the air? The reason is, solids and liquids transfer heat better than gasses do. If ...
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How to defrost frozen food in fridge

If this is all kept at refrigerator temperatures, then cooked, your health risk is extremely low. However, there is a better method, which you suggest. Place your seafood/shellfish in a colander or ...
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Accidentally bought a "butter basted" turkey. Can/should I still brine it?

Pre-basted turkey is indeed already brined. You can double check this by looking on the ingredient list of the turkey packaging and you should see a salt or vinegar solution listed. You can still ...
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How long does Turkey Crown take to defrost at room temperature?

Disclaimer: this is likely to be closed as duplicate, but I couldn't find the corresponding post. And as Christmas dinner and the health of a whole group is at stake, I'll post an answer anyway. Do ...
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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?

It's fine to thaw for a few (or several) hours under cold water and then put it in the refrigerator. Just keep the water cold and refrigerate immediately upon removing the turkey from the water. The ...
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How to defrost coriander / cilantro?

Frozen supermarket coriander/cilantro is perfectly good to use whilst cooking. Very similar to adding stems for flavour. You'll never get fresh looking leaves to finish the dish from the ice blocks, ...
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Should I microwave-defrost sandwiches?

No matter what you do in this situation, you are likely to end up with soggy sandwiches. This has nothing to do with light. Firstly, the bread of pre-made sandwiches will naturally pick up moisture ...
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How to defrost frozen food in fridge

This same liquid was contained within the food itself. Some of that liquid does not drip out of the food and will be cooked. There is no danger here.
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Should I thaw cherries for a sour cream cherry pie?

Thaw and drain them. If you use fruit as a main ingredient like for a [your choice of fruit]pie, using frozen cherries will cause two things to happen: They will significantly increase your baking ...
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Can I store raw meat in the fridge after defrosting in the microwave?

You can use it in a few days, that will be fine. Issues with food safety come into play largely when food is kept in the danger zone, around 40-140F for an extended time. The texture of the bacon ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

My opinion is to go ahead and do it, without the bag. The points of the other answers, about a bit of stuff leaching into the water, are generally true, but I think the effect will be quite small. ...
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Can I defrost fish in the microwave?

Defrosting anything in the microwave is dodgy. They're designed for serious heating, and don't heat completely evenly, so they tend to start cooking food before it's fully defrosted, even on low power....
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defrosting homemade frozen bread

As a possibility, here's what I do for make-ahead sandwiches with (previously) frozen bread. I'd suggest only a couple things beyond what you are planning. After the bread is out of the oven and ...
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Food safety issues related to eating raw frozen vegetables

There have been Listeria incidents, as already mentioned, and also Norovirus incidents. Judging how much the presence or absence of a warning on the bag should be used as a reliable guide is very ...
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Food safety issues related to eating raw frozen vegetables

Listeria can be present and does not die when frozen. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/06/update-producer-others-recall-frozen-vegetables-for-listeria/#.V2ilB9UrLnB
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Can defrosting chicken make it slimy?

Chicken naturally contains a lot of water, it also absorbs some more from the cleaning process (up to 8% reportedly). Some manufacturers also "tumble" the raw chicken with brine to increase flavour ...
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Should I microwave-defrost sandwiches?

I think it is worth looking at your sandwich making process to see if there are any things you can do to reduce the likelihood of this dampness. You mentioned that you freshly bake the rolls, do you ...
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Meat defrosting too fast

Refreeze it. You know how long it will take to thaw now, so put it back in the freezer if you are concerned. There's all sorts of myths saying re-freezing is bad but there's no risk. It may impact the ...
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Are defrosting trays safe?

There is always a threat to food safety when thawing above refrigerator temperatures. There is nothing about a sheet of metal that changes those safety considerations. By the way, you can achieve the ...
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How do you safely defrost a whole lamb?

Food safety rules are written around the ways bacteria reproduce, not around the chefs' convenience. There is no difference in the speed of getting unsafe between different types of meat (or any other ...
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How do you safely defrost a whole lamb?

There is another food safe option to thaw meat quickly, and it has saved the Thanksgiving meal of many cooks: In cold water. To ensure that the meat stays in a safe temperature range, frequently ...
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Defrosting meat in the refrigerator causes it to have dark spots

You're not doing anything wrong. If you kept the meat fresh, in your fridge, eventually it would undergo color changes, as well. Freezing meat and then thawing it is also a pretty major set of ...
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