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Old 09-06-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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Thawing Large Cuts

hey all...you guys turned me onto thawing chicken and fish by putting it in an air tight bag and running it under cold water. it works great!!

BUT...will that also work for large cuts of beef and pork? i have 5 lb. cuts of both pork shoulder and pot roast, vacuum sealed and frozen.

can i just put the foodsaver bag in a large pot and run it under water??

TIA!!

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Old 09-06-2006, 09:42 AM   #2
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Yes it sure will. This is the most efficient way of thawing any type of meat. Just make sure to use cold water (below 40 degrees).
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:57 AM   #3
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Why not just put it in the fridge the day before?
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Old 09-06-2006, 11:18 AM   #4
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a> because i always forget

b> even when i do remember...it never thaws the middle of large cuts (over 3 in thick) in time.

thanks for the heads up guys!
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If you're worried about wasting water, because a large cut WILL use a lot of water, let it thaw in the fridge for 24-36 hours, and then let it sit at room temp. in a cool place for 2-3 hours to finish the meat
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Old 09-06-2006, 01:35 PM   #6
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If it's that big, leave it out overnight--I know, I know. It has worked for me for too long.
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Old 09-06-2006, 01:39 PM   #7
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When I am thawing a turkey, leg o' something or a large piece of meat, I wrap it in a garbage bag and put it in the bathtub w/ lots of cold water.

The opening of the bag hangs over the edge of the tub and it's easy to lift out if someone wants a shower.
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Old 09-06-2006, 01:40 PM   #8
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Mugsy has said that he forgets though, so he is looking for something faster than overnight. Letting it sit on the counter or in the fridge for 24 hours will not accomplish what he is looking for. A cold water bath will.
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If it's that big, leave it out overnight--I know, I know. It has worked for me for too long.
You're playing with FIRE!!! It's only a matter of time before someone gets sick.

That goes against every rule learned in HACCP training.

I wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 09-06-2006, 02:52 PM   #10
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Another good reason to buy a fresh turkey at Thanksgiving!
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