how do you
thaw frozen foods?
The safest way to thaw a frozen hunk of food is to move it from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before you want to use it, then leave it to thaw gradually overnight. This, of course, requires planning, and if you’re anything like me, you never know what you’re going to cook until you’re standing in your kitchen sometime around dinnertime, rummaging through your pantry in an attempt to get food into your stomach before it eats itself. In these situations, when time is of the essence, you should use the defrost setting on your microwave. But what do you do if you lack that handy appliance? Here’s what to do: cut the food into smaller pieces (provided you can manage to hack it up with a knife), then place it in a completely watertight ziplock baggie. Submerge the bag in cold tap water. Change the water every 10-15 minutes or so until your food has more or less thawed.