Defrosting

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Defrosting

Postby mathsparks » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:28 pm

How do you defrost meat?

I read that the recommended way is to defrost overnight in the fridge, or in the microwave before cooking. But if you defrost overnight and decide not to cook the next day, then you refreeze? And using the microwave will sometimes result in the meat getting cooked.

The other way of defrosting by soaking in water or leaving in the kitchen before cooking breeds bacteria but seems more convenient.

My maid usually defrosts the meat in the fridge overnight, but I often catch her forgetting and then soaking the meat in water. :x She doesnt know how to agar agar the microwave defrost so usually end up cooking the meat.

Should I close one or both eyes?

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Postby ruyu » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:16 pm

my microwave oven got defrost meat option yours dont have? :?

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Postby mathsparks » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:19 pm

mine also have. it's just that my helper donno how to control the duration and end up cooking the meat she's supposed to be defrosting. :shock:

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Postby ruyu » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:22 pm

my mother put meat in it (although i dont eat but eat burger and pizza all those) then press button then thats it finish...

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Postby CJS » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:57 pm

Yah, I defrost meat in the chiller the night before, take out from chiller and set on kitchen top about half hour before cooking. Meat meant for stir fry is cut and marinated and put back into chiller. They are taken out about half hour before cooking time.

I personally take out meat to defrost in chiller the night before as I am the cook and I decide my menu.

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Postby mathsparks » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:43 pm

That seems to be the safest way to defrost, cjs. But if last minute you decide not to cook, then sian hor? Re-freeze?

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Postby tankee » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:54 pm

I read somewhere that it is not advisable to refreeze.

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Postby autumnbronze » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:01 pm

Hi mathsparks,

I defrost my meat in the fridge overnight.

Its advisable not to re-freeze after you have defrosted.

What I do is actually place the defrosted meat in the chiller. It should last for 2 days (my experience). I have not kept it longer than that.

I also squeeze lemon juice on my chicken and fish to tenderize the chicken and get rid of the fishy smell before doing that. For me, this extra step is just a personal preference, that all.

If you can marinade it before placing it in the chiller, think it will taste even better after cooking :D

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Postby schweppes » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:49 pm

:offtopic: Mods...

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Postby Blobbi » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:49 am

Yah it's the change in temperature (up or down) that gets the bacteria growing. so if you thaw and refreeze, it's bad.

I get the maid to pack meat into smaller bags first, so she takes out what we need.

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