How To Defrost Meat Quickly

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How To Defrost Meat Quickly

How to defrost meat as quickly as possible? In the oven? In the microwave?  Friends come to dinner by surprise? It's time to take a nice piece of meat out of the freezer... But that's it, defrosting a roast beef or a prime rib can take 12 to 24 hours, depending on its weight. So how do you defrost meat quickly?

    Defrost the meat as quickly as possible

    Fast defrosting

    First of all, it is important to know that if meat is thawed too quickly, the meat, bathed in a red liquid, may become soft.

    And emptied of its juice during cooking, it will become dry and tasteless.

    On the other hand, the slow defrosting of a meat gives the illusion of a fresh product.

    This defrosting, whether it is a dish or a meat, must take place at the bottom of the refrigerator at a temperature between 0°C and + 4°C) and especially not in the ambient air, nor near a heat source.

    Otherwise beware of bacteria!

    • Attention : Wash your hands thoroughly before, during and after handling meat. Also clean all surfaces and kitchen utensils that have been in contact with frozen meat.
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    Defrosting meat in the microwave

    Microwave defrosting is not always a success from the point of view of appearance and taste.

    In addition, some pieces of meat can give the illusion of being cooked when they are only cooked on the surface.

    • Attention : Only 4 star freezers are designed to freeze meat, vegetables, dishes or desserts. Other freezers can only accommodate products that are already frozen.

    Defrosting meat under water

    This is the fastest thawing method!

    Place the meat in a large salad bowl and pour cold water over it, making sure the meat is completely submerged.

    • Attention : Every half hour or so, check the temperature of the water in which the meat is immersed. The water should always be cold to prevent the growth of bacteria.

    Defrosting meat by cooking it

    If it is ground meat, pieces of veal for a blanquette or pieces of beef for a bourguignon, the meat will not suffer from this cooking-thawing process.

    On the contrary, you should sear the pieces of meat over their entire surface to prevent the juices from escaping.

    Then continue cooking over medium heat.

    For large pieces of meat in the oven, the defrosting phase must of course be added to the cooking time.

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    What about the taste of the meat?

    It will not be extraordinary! The meat is unlikely to be rare ... and even likely to dry out ...

    • Attention : Only 4 star freezers are designed to freeze meat, vegetables, dishes or desserts. Other freezers can only accommodate products that are already frozen.

    Quickly defrosting meat that will remain soft

    Why not soak the meat a little in water (half an hour), wipe it dry, sear it on all sides at high temperature in a buttered frying pan and then cook it in the microwave?

    You can also cut the meat into thin slices (it cuts well when frozen) soak it in an express marinade: oil, onion, garlic, ginger and soy and cook it in a frying pan?

    These are solutions... not always ideal... but when you have little time...

    Read Also : How to defrost freezer: 8 tips to speed up defrosting the freezer.

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