Have you ever forgotten to thaw the meat you need for dinner? Have you tried defrosting it in the microwave but it ended up partially cooked or with a weird texture? I’ve been there and done that.
I HATE thawing meat in the microwave! And unfortunately, sometimes you can’t use that method even if you want to. Like the other day when I decided at 1:00 that I wanted to grill burgers for dinner. I was unexpectedly having company and I thought the burgers would be perfect for dinner. But the ground beef was frozen. Rock solid. I thought about driving to the grocery store and buying more beef but I didn’t really have time to do that. So I did some research and came up with this method of thawing meat that is safe and really works!
Here’s what you do:
Take the meat (any kind of meat can be thawed this way) out of the original packaging and put it in a zip lock bag. Press out any air and seal the bag. Be sure it’s sealed. You don’t want water seeping into the bag.
Then place the bag in COLD water – not warm, not hot. It needs to be COLD to be safe.
If your meat floats to the top like mine did, you can try it that way or put something over to keep it in the water.
After about an hour, replace the water with more COLD water.
I haven’t tested this on every kind of meat but I thawed 2 pounds of beef in about 3 hours and 1 pound of chicken tenders in about 2.
Obviously the best method of defrosting meat is in the refrigerator but if life gets in the way, this method just might save dinner!