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Urgent: Still Frozen Meat

BerkshireTsarina Jan 11, 2009 04:22 AM

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!
HELP

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    Liz K Jan 11, 2009 04:52 AM

    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.

    Good luck!

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      GirlintheCurl Jan 11, 2009 06:52 AM

      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.

      1. BerkshireTsarina Jan 11, 2009 07:22 AM

        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.

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