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Jan 7, 2011 12:44 PM

Thawing question

I have a friend that thaws meat, poultry, seafood in a different manner...Has done it for many years and never became sick. Scares the heck out of me. She will take a frozen bag of chicken breasts, ground beef or whatever. She lays it on the counter then goes to work.. 9 hours later she comes home and cooks it. It is thawed, but still cool.She swears the bag the meat is in acts as a refrigerator and keeps it cool through the whole thawing process. It kinda makes sense.Does anyone else do this? Sounds simple ,but "I just don't know"

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  1. I do it that way in winter when the house is cooler. Since most of the time the meat is frozen or partially frozen, I figure it's cold enough to keep just fine.
    Summer, when the house is 80 degrees, no, then I will thaw it in the fridge, or do it on the counter only if I am going to be home soon to check it.

    1. Yup, I do it.

      Not all the time, just sometimes. Not sure I'd leave it out as long as 9 hours, but definitely an afternoon (4-6 hours) is not uncommon with me.

      1. I do it, too, and am here to tell about it. I don't think I'd admit it to my mother, though.

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        1. Assuming it's not hot in the kitchen and you're going to cook the meat I wouldn't worry about it.

          1. I'd be very hesitant to use that method for ground meat, particularly if you like to serve your burgers a little rare ...

            For frozen chicken breasts, steaks and fish filets I pour very cold water in the sink and (still in the wrapper) put the item in, turning it every five minutes or so ... it usually defrosts in about half an hour or less. For shrimp or scallops, I fill a bowl with really cold water, pour in some sea salt, and then put the shrimp in ... I swear this method even revitalizes shrimp (or scallops) that have been in the freezer awhile.