These are the safest ways to thaw meat
With more people cooking at home these days and saving money by buying and bulk and freezing, Consumer Reports looks at the safest ways to thaw. Not only should you not leave meat out in room temperature to defrost, running hot water over it is another risky move. The safest way is always in the refrigerator because foods maintain a safe temperature below 40 degrees, she said. If you need dinner on the table soon, Mujahid suggests putting frozen meat in a sealed plastic bag and submerge in cold water. It will take about an hour for one pound of meat to thaw this way and it should be cooked immediately.