Here are some ways to defrost the safe way.
You need to grill up something quickly but the idea of food-borne illness does not help your appetite. A slow thaw in your refrigerator is the ideal way to defrost steaks but there are times that just does not fit into your schedule.
How to Defrost Steaks, Roasts, and Burgers
- Cold Water Defrosting. Fill a large bowl with cold water. Submerge the meat, in its packaging or in a plastic bag, in the water. Change the water periodically. Your meat should be ready to grill in about 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Defrosting in warm water may be faster but will create an environment that is perfect or bacteria.
- Microwave. While not our favorite method this is often the fastest way to defrost meat. Follow your microwave defrosting instructions. Watch carefully so as to only defrost the meat and not cook it!
How to Defrost Chicken
- Do not thaw chicken on your kitchen counter. Bacteria thrive at room temperature
- Do not rinse chicken under running water. This can splash bacteria around your kitchen, leading to cross-contamination
- Cold Water Defrosting. Place the chicken in a leakproof plastic bag. This will stop the water from damaging the meat tissue as well as keeping any bacteria from the infecting the food. Submerge the bag in a large bowl of cold water. Change out the water every 30 minutes. Your chicken should be fully thawed in 1 to 2 hours.
- Microwave. This is the fastest method but also requires that you grill your chicken immediate after thawing. Microwaves heat poultry to a temperature between 40 and 140˚F which is ideal for bacteria to thrive. Only cooking the chicken to the proper temperatures will kill the potentially dangerous bacteria.