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dinner Spoonful of Jayson 17 kids; Morrisville, Pennsylvania 11627 posts
15th May '13

For those of you that pull meat out of the freezer around lunchtime for dinner, how do you defrost it?



There is no way that I could pull something out of the freezer and put it in the fridge for it to be thawed by dinner. BUTTTT it's supposedly unsafe to leave it on the counter. And, I don't have time to change the water in the sink every 30 minutes, though I do it if I have to.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
15th May '13

Start pulling it out the day or night before?

You can nuke it on defrost, but that runs the risk of ruining it.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22111 posts
15th May '13

I put it in cold water about an hour or 2 (depending on what it is) before I start to make dinner. I usually only change the water once, sometimes not at all.

Mandee ♥ 2 kids; Norfolk, VA, United States 1130 posts
15th May '13

I always pull things from the freezer and put them in the fridge the night before... It's then ready for me to prep/assemble/toss in the crockpot during afternoon nap.

Flag 1 child; Newmarket, Ontario 1681 posts
15th May '13
Quoting Colt's mommy:" I put it in cold water about an hour or 2 (depending on what it is) before I start to make dinner. I usually only change the water once, sometimes not at all."


Exactly... I find the water doesn't even warm up at all, because the big frozen chunk of meat keeps it cold. Never have had a problem.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
15th May '13

The counter. Sometimes I take meat out last minute and just defrost in the microwave a few min then cook the rest from frozen. If I forget to take it out in the am, usually around 7am, then by 1-2pm its defrosted all the way pretty much.

Spoonful of Jayson 17 kids; Morrisville, Pennsylvania 11627 posts
15th May '13

I always pull it out the night before, but sometimes I forget. Then if I have a busy day I can't change the water (sometimes my plug comes unplugged). Even if it doesn't, usually it takes hours for it to defrost enough.




I cannot defrost in the microwave. I hate that it partially cooks it and I hate the juices start to come out.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22111 posts
15th May '13

While we're on the topic of thawing frozen meat..... I get individualy frozen tilapia sometimes and it says not to thaw it in it's air tight bag that it comes in. I do anyway cause I'm lazy and I don't understand what the difference is...anyone know?

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
15th May '13
Quoting Spoonful of Jayson:" I always pull it out the night before, but sometimes I forget. Then if I have a busy day I can't change ... [snip!] ... defrost enough. I cannot defrost in the microwave. I hate that it partially cooks it and I hate the juices start to come out."


I have never had it cook partially in the microwave, you may not be using the right settings if it does that. Been doing it for like 15 yrs and that has never happened.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22111 posts
15th May '13
Quoting Spoonful of Jayson:" I always pull it out the night before, but sometimes I forget. Then if I have a busy day I can't change ... [snip!] ... defrost enough. I cannot defrost in the microwave. I hate that it partially cooks it and I hate the juices start to come out."


I don't like it either! I've only done it once or twice out of necessity!

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9452 posts
15th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Spoonful of Jayson:</b>" For those of you that pull meat out of the freezer around lunchtime for dinner, how do you defrost it? ... [snip!] ... leave it on the counter. And, I don't have time to change the water in the sink every 30 minutes, though I do it if I have to."</blockquote>




I put it in the sink until its almost dethawed and then put it in the fridge. Never had a problem. :)

Spoonful of Jayson 17 kids; Morrisville, Pennsylvania 11627 posts
15th May '13
Quoting crazy coupon lady:" I have never had it cook partially in the microwave, you may not be using the right settings if it does that. Been doing it for like 15 yrs and that has never happened."


If it's ground beef, it starts to get brown on the top but not in the middle. The chicken starts to get more opague and less shiny/see through, but the rest doesn't. I just don't like it.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
15th May '13
Quoting Spoonful of Jayson:" If it's ground beef, it starts to get brown on the top but not in the middle. The chicken starts to get more opague and less shiny/see through, but the rest doesn't. I just don't like it."


Thats weird. I have never had that happen in my life and I do it at least 3 times a week. Unless its bbq I just cook from frozen sme as slow cooker. lol

Weird. lol

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22111 posts
15th May '13
Quoting crazy coupon lady:" Thats weird. I have never had that happen in my life and I do it at least 3 times a week. Unless its bbq I just cook from frozen sme as slow cooker. lol Weird. lol"


It's happened to me everytime I've tried to do it.... I probably don't know what I'm doing though, lol.

Spoonful of Jayson 17 kids; Morrisville, Pennsylvania 11627 posts
15th May '13
Quoting Colt's mommy:" It's happened to me everytime I've tried to do it.... I probably don't know what I'm doing though, lol."


lol I don't think I know either. I use the defrost buttons etc., but it never turns out right.