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Old 02-28-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Bringing cold steaks up to room temp

Quite by accident last night I discovered a very efficient way to bring cold steaks up to room temperature before grilling. I simply placed a large piece of steak on a thick cast iron griddle and in less than half hour the steak reached near room temp. The cast iron at room temp sucked all the chill out of the meat.
Perhaps this is a commonly used technique but it was completely new to me. I don't know why I didn't think of this before. It's simple physics.

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Old 02-28-2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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They used to sell this pewter tray that was marketed as a Magic Defrosting Tray. I picked one up at a yard sale once. I think I ended up using it under the trailer hitch of my boat trailer to stop it from sinking into my gravel parking lot.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:17 PM   #3
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A thick slab of aluminum would work even better but most people don't have a thick slab of aluminum hanging around.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:23 PM   #4
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I have a thick slab of aluminum I use to defrost meat, and it works slick. It was a leftover piece from building a race boat in my former life.

I never thought of using it for bringing meat up to room temp, but it makes sense. Thanks Road.
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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A thick slab of aluminum isn't cheap but is a better conductor of heat.
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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I have found my countertop material (engineered stone), is a great conductor and works onders in defrosting small items.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #7
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We have an enameled metal counter for our sink. It works a treat.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:18 PM   #8
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I recalled an odd bit of trivia, and just verified it online. In metals the best electrical conductors are also the best thermal conductors. In order of best first they are:

1. silver
2. copper
3. gold
4. brass
5. aluminum
6. iron
7. steel

Of course there are good non-metallic thermal conductors too.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:29 PM   #9
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How about a cast aluminum pan?

I have an old Magnalite roaster, I will have to give it a try!
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #10
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Geez...I'm gonna have to spread out the gold bars every time a I want to grill a steak...and then clean them before I put them back under the b...you didn't see that.
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