Thawing 101: Here's What You Need to Know

We have a few handy tips to help you defrost your food in a flash.

Episode: Weeknight Wins
Geoffrey Zakarian shows how to DIY vacuum seal meat to prevent freezer burn, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Geoffrey Zakarian shows how to DIY vacuum seal meat to prevent freezer burn, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Thawing Meat or Poultry
Instead of thawing frozen meat on a plate or right on your countertop, place it on an aluminum or cast-iron pan. This cuts your thawing time down because these metals conduct heat.

You can safely thaw out of the fridge for up to 2 hours. (If your meat is still not thawed, let thaw the rest of the way in the fridge.)

Thawing Shrimp or Seafood
When defrosting frozen seafood, take it out of the bag and submerge it in cold water for 10 minutes. Refresh with new cold water and let sit, 10 more minutes. Repeat until completely thawed, up to 10 minutes more.

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