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What’s the Best Way to Thaw Frozen Meat?

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The best and safest way to thaw frozen meat is in the refrigerator.

  • Thaw frozen meat on a lipped plate (to prevent juices from leaking) in the fridge, and on the lowest shelf.

How long does it take to thaw frozen meat in the fridge?

  • Ground meat, stewing beef, steaks and chops = 12 to 24 hrs
  • Whole roasts and bone-in cuts = 24 to 48 hrs

The fastest way to thaw frozen meat is under cold running water in the sink.

  • Place the frozen meat (packaged) in a slightly larger bowl and please in the sink.
  • Fill the bowl with cold water, and then keep the cold water running ever-so-slightly, this will constantly replenish any warm water with cold – keeping the meat safe.

How long does it take to thaw frozen meat under cold running water?

  • Ground meat, stewing beef, steaks or chops = 30 mins to 1 hr
  • Whole roasts and bone-in cuts = 2 hrs to 3 hrs

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