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How Frozen Meat Can Thaw Faster

November 6, 2017

Nothing can ruin a family dinner faster than realizing you forgot to thaw out the ground meat.  Thawing in the microwave ends up cooking the outer sizes of the meat while leaving the inner core frozen. However a little prep when you place it in the freezer can be a lifesaver when you forget to thaw it out!  When you unpack ground beef, chicken, pork or turkey from the grocery bag reach over for your rolling pin, quarter and gallon size freezer bags. Unwrap the meat from it's Styrofoam and cellophane packaging and place a half pound or less in a quart baggie and anything larger than a pound meat in a gallon zip bag.  Then take a rolling pin and begin to roll out the meat into a uniformed thickness. Resist the urge to roll the pin back and forth as you would for rolling out cookie dough. Press out any excess air and seal the bag. Transfer to a freezer and lay flat until frozen, then stand the bag up or stack for space-saving storage. If you have a vacuum sealer, you can use this same technique with the bags specific to your machine. By having the thickness of the meat in a uniformed size, it will thaw quicker. A bag of flat frozen ground beef will thaw in the refrigerator in under two hours or in the microwave in less than five minutes.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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