Defrost frozen fish in original plastic packaging. Safe?
Why does my fozen salmon purchased from store in plastic wrapping warn AGAINST thawing in its original plastic wrap?
I've seen some packing that says remove from plastic, place on plate, and cover with plastic wrap.
What's the difference?
It's certainly much more convenient to just move it from freezer to fridge overnight, and open and cook the next day.
Is it dangerous to do so?
I don't often buy frozen fish in plastic wrapping, but the few times I've had to defrost frozen wrapped fish, I always do it in the original wrapping. I've never heard of doing otherwise UNLESS one was planning of thawing in the microwave. There are plastic wraps that are not microwave safe.
The 2 pound package of frozen shrimp I sometimes buy says to thaw the whole bag at once, in the packaging. I have a family of two, unless you count pets, so you better believe I've broken that little instruction. No one's gotten sick yet. I think sometimes these instructions are just so much legalese to protect the company, but often defy common practice as well as common sense.
Pls let me share my family method:
(1) buy big package of frozen seafood is aok
(2) when i get home usually the food is thawed already
(3) if it is shrimps, i separate them into several piles with just about the right size for my family to cook in a single dish. Then i wrap eqch pile in plastic/aluminum wrap and put in the freezer until it's time to cook.
(4) if it is whole fish, i cut it up into smaller pieces and wrap them individually just like i wrap the shrimps.
For us, this preserve the freshness as much as we can while we dont get have to endure the not-so-nice feeling of having to eat too much of something at once.
The reason for the warning is that many people thaw their seafoods and meats in the microwave. Some types of plastic wrap and microwaves go together like fresh garlic in EVOO and room tempterature. Bad combo.
If you are defrosting intelligently (in the fridge like most Chowhounds do), don't worry about the plastic wrap.