Food Tip- Defrosting your foods

We all hear different ways to thaw certain foods correctly, which are true? Which are not? With the holidays coming up, I thought this was a must to share.

Some more Do’s on Defrosting-

  • Defrost food in the refrigerator. This is the safest method for all foods.
  • Thaw meat or poultry in airtight containers/packaging in cold water if you need to use them immediately  Be sure to change the water every 30 minutes or so. This is how I thaw my turkey each year! 
  • Defrost food in the microwave only if you are going to cook it immediately.

Major No’s of Defrosting

  •  Never defrost food at room temperature. This is when having a meat thermometer helps, unsafe temps are between 40°F and 140°F. Bacteria can multiply rapidly between 40°F and 140°F.
  • Don’t defrost food in hot water
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