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Defrost in fridge?

Asked by rooeytoo (26961points) October 6th, 2008

Why do “they” always say defrost in the fridge, why can’t I do it quickly on the counter at room temp???

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gailcalled's avatar

If it is meat or poultry, NASTY bacteria.

Allie's avatar

Because defrosting meats at room temperature isn’t safe. It’s the perfect breeding grounds for yucky bacterias.

Mmmmm.. E. coli.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Food Danger Zone – 41–140 between these two temperatures bacterias can multiply very quickly

Les's avatar

You can also defrost in the sink. Put what it is you need thawin’ in the sink and run COLD water on it until it is smushy. This is much faster than over night (which turns into three days for me, I don’t know about you), and safer than leaving it on the counter.

EmpressPixie's avatar


In the fridge I think the rule is supposed to be one day per pound.
In the sink, you can either run cold water over it or let it sit in a bowl of cold water that you change every 25 minutes.

But the reason is bacteria. Especially if “they” are a cookbook, they don’t want you to get sick, blame the food, and tell everyone not to buy their book.

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