Urgent: Still Frozen Meat
Two and a half pounds of frozen pork shoulder.
Stupidly put it in the freezer without cubing it. Only a very little defrosted after 36 hours!
Need to get it in the slow cooker for Rick Bayless' Guajillo Spiced Pork and Potatoes by 10 am.
Company arriving at 4 pm.
Had 5 - 8 inches of snow last night and continuing, no way to get to the store for fresh until who knows when.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Can I use the microwave on such a big solid block? If so, how? (microwave is none too robust).
Can I put the meat under running water?
I had planned every detail for the dinner ---- beans in the fridge, two dozen tortillas, etc etc --- except for the meat staying frozen!
I've used the microware for things like this.
I microwave at 30% for 3 minutes, then let sit for heat to redistribute for 15-20 minutes. repeat as often as necessary.
I've had success with Alton Brown's recommended method of cold running water over the frozen meat. As I recall, the water must be running constantly rather than submerging the frozen meat in a sink full of water.
On Home Cooking board I did the same post and got replies about the water method (rather than microwave). Using a combo of the two suggestions there, I got the meat defrosted and cut into cubes and into the slow cooker at 10:17, with MUCH RELIEF. Thanks to all for support and encouragement.