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Old 07-24-2006, 08:10 PM   #1
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Help Me Thaw My Frozen Butt

hey all..

i have an 8 lb piece of boston butt (pork shoulder) frozen...how do i thaw this bad boy out (within 24 - 36 hours)??

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Old 07-24-2006, 08:58 PM   #2
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Either thaw it in the microwave, or, and I know this is frowned upon but I havent died yet from this, leave it on the counter for a few hours and then put it in the fridge to finish thawing. If it's in a package, you could put it in a bowl of cold water.
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:46 PM   #3
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What Amber said. Or leave it out on the counter overnight. It will still be quite cold.
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:58 PM   #4
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Leave it out overnight.
No problem.
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Old 07-24-2006, 10:03 PM   #5
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If you're using a rub, rub it on and let it flavor the meat while you're defrosting. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.

If you have a thick piece of aluminum, such as a griddle or pan, place the butt on the aluminum. the conductivity of the metal will speed the thawing. (Remember those magical black plates they used to sell on TV?). Turn it periodically to expose a new cold side to the metal.

If you're making a bbq butt for pulled pork, there's no reason why you can't start it cooking before it's completely thawed.
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Old 07-25-2006, 01:44 AM   #6
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You might find this information on thawing frozen meats helpful.

Personally, if it was me - I would use the cold water method.

However, if you are going to use Andy's method - make sure to place your pan on a cooling rack, or so other method of elevating the pan above the counter surface, so there is air flow under the pan.
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:08 AM   #7
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Put it in a sealed plastic bag in a pot and keep the cold water running on it. Food safe and should thaw in about 4-5 hours.
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:59 AM   #8
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I would put the well wrapped meat in a deep pot or bowl and put water in changing it now and again til it is thawed. (or the sink if it is too big for a bowl.
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Old 07-25-2006, 07:55 AM   #9
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I would vote for the cold water method as well.

Did you know that frozen meat will thaw faster in a cold water bath than in a hot oven? It is true. If you don't believe me then try this test. Take two ice cubes of the same size. Put one in the oven on the center rack and one is cold water. The cold water one will melt before the oven one does and it doesn't even matter how hot the oven is.
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What is the law of physics behind that? or is there one?
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