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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 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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Am I thawing this London Broil safely?

Safely? Yes. Cold water thaws are fine. It's hot or warm water thawing that's bad. Cold running water will thaw faster than cold still water, but cold still water is okay as you basically have a ...
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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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Why does my meat never thaw in the fridge?

The difference between cold and frozen where a refrigerator is concerned is actually only a few Kelvin (or "degrees"). The standard refrigerator will have warmer and colder zones, typically the top ...
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Does freezing food reset the amount of time you can put it in the fridge?

Freezing doesn’t reset the clock, it’s more like “stopping the time” - or at least slowing it down very, very much. Like putting perishable food in the fridge and slowing down bacterial growth, ...
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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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When thawing meat in cold water, why must one change the water regularly?

The second one. If you tried it, you'd see ... it becomes ice water
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Can pork and beef be thawed in water together?

This can be safe; mixing isn't fundamentally dangerous. The things to keep in mind are: The overall thawing method needs to be safe. Ideally that means running water, but the key is that it's fast ...
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Can you cook a digorno's pizza after its been thawed for 1 day

Yes, it should be. That is - if it has been thawed, and safely stored (refrigerated, or in safe temperatures in whatever way), then it should still be safe to eat. If it has been left out on a ...
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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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How does repeatetly moving food from freezer to fridge and back every day affect it?

I assume you have no food that needs to be kept frozen. If you do that's your greatest concern. If, as suggested by your measurements, the fresh food never gets above the recommended maximum fridge ...
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Is rapid cooling and thawing worth it?

This sounds like a lot of time and effort, that, for home use, might not be worth it. Freezing as quickly as possible is generally recommended, but even with an ice bath first, you are not going to ...
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Am I thawing this London Broil safely?

I'll agree with other Joe on the safety side of things: as long as the water didn't get much above 40° Fahrenheit, which it won't until after it's thawed, you're fine. As far as the water getting in ...
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I have some slow-cooked pork in the freezer and just need to warm it up

Hair of the dog? You got a slow cooker. And this meat has been in there before. Putting it back in the slow cooker will do it no harm and will get some good juice back in.
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Is the miracle thaw safe?

It's certainly safe in terms of food contact. See How does a Miracle Thaw work? - it's really just a sheet of metal. It's not very much different from just putting your food on a baking sheet. Just be ...
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Why does my meat never thaw in the fridge?

If your fridge has a meat compartment, that often runs at very slightly above freezing - so slight it would take several days to thaw. In the rest of the fridge, meat frozen to -18C (typical) will ...
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How to quickly thaw frozen goose?

Set it into the largest pot you own (that it will fit in) and fill the pot with cold tap water. Set it in your sink or set the pot on top of towels on the counter (to collect the condensation from the ...
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How long can uncooked brisket be refrigerated after defrosting?

I believe 3-5 days is the basic guidance for keeping raw, defrosted whole cuts of meat in the refrigerator (See FoodSafety.gov). Packaging has nothing to do with this. Temperature is critical (below ...
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Can you thaw frozen cookies in a tin without them getting soggy as a result?

The more airflow you have, the less likely is for them to get soggy. The original container is especially bad, since it will likely condense moisture on its surface while coming to room temperature. ...
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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?

My gut feel is you could go 1/2 way in water (4 hours) then finish in the fridge. Or go the whole 8 hours in water and refrigerate. According to a link in the first comment should cook immediately ...
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Is my thawed chicken still good 4 days later in the fridge?

It's impossible to answer this for sure, it depends on how fresh they were when they were frozen and other factors. If they were frozen quickly after you bought them and they were well within their ...
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How does repeatetly moving food from freezer to fridge and back every day affect it?

Is it the fan ? You are stating that the freezer is at about 3-4 C that is within the safe zone for refrigerated food. And the actual food having been colder and warming up may actually be slightly ...
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How can you tell if if a meal is thawed?

Aside from simply feeling the package, a thermometer would be the most accurate way to tell.
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Why does vacuum-sealed fish caution against thawing in the package, but vacuum-sealed meat doesn't?

Packaged fish is commonly known to contain Clostridium botulinum, either because its habitat generates the bacteria, or because of exposure somewhere between where the animal dies and your dinner ...
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Why worry about "danger zone" when thawing meat if I'm going to be cooking the meat immediately after?

If I am defrosting meat in order to cook it, and I am cooking at safe temperatures, then why should I worry about how I defrost my meat? If this were true, wouldn't it then follow that it would be ...
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Can you cook a digorno's pizza after its been thawed for 1 day

If you thaw it out it's not going to rise properly. That is if it's a self rising pizza. I've done it too many times. Always cook a rising crust pizza frozen. It never rises when it's thawed out. This ...
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How can I use bitter or hard water for cooking and specially in soaking beans?

In most countries, hard water is caused by Calcium and Magnesium Carbonates. These can be easily removed by using an ion-exchange apparatus (best results) or can be converted by adding an acid to the ...
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Thawing frozen seafood mix is a lot of work

Any time you cook the seafood mix it will shed moisture, which it has a lot of and probably on the outside of it as well. I love that mix and I just soak it in a bowl of cold water then drain it. If ...
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Should vacuum sealed food be exposed to air when thawing?

Members of the Genus Salmonella are facultative anaerobes. That means they'll grow in both air and in what you bag sealer calls a vacuum.* I'd just leave the bag sealed, unless you want to check it ...
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