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How can you quickly defrost frozen, fully cooked chicken sauages?

Asked by SamIAm (8690points) February 18th, 2010

I have some Trader Joe’s fully cooked chicken sausages and I want to defrost them by dinner time (it’s 2pm and I just took them out of the freezer). I’ll probably want to eat around 6pm… is there anyway to defrost these suckers quickly?

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erichw1504's avatar

Microwave; there should be a defrost button. You can do this before you’re about to cook them. Just be sure not to do it for too long or it will start cooking them for you! Check them every couple minutes.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

The fastest way to defrost anything is to set it in a bowl of cold water.

Grisson's avatar

I would put them in a ziploc bag and then put the bag in hot tap water. It does a better job than the microwave.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@Grisson cold water, honey. Cold water. That hot water’s going to turn cold anyway.

phil196662's avatar

sometimes a microwave will cook them a little if you do it too fast, use the defrost on the microwave and check them .

I sometimes put them in a bowl of cold water changing often and sometimes after an hour they’re pretty good, remember the danger temps so put them in the fridge untill your ready to eat.

Grisson's avatar

@jbfletcherfan It’s a matter of physics. A function of the mass and temperature of the sausage plus the mass and temperature of the water, and the target temperature.
<edit>That is to say, warm or hot water if you have a lot of sausage to defrost. The water and sausage temperature meet in the middle somewhere.</edit>

phil196662's avatar

but @Grisson ; did you forget the consumption factor reduces the time to edibility…

Grisson's avatar

@phil196662 You mean nibbling on raw sausage? Is that a good idea?

Grisson's avatar

oh… my bad… forgot, the sausage is cooked already. Nibbling’s fine

augustlan's avatar

You want to use cold water, so the food stays in the temperature safety zone. Change the water every 20 minutes or so.

phil196662's avatar

the ones in this thread are fully cooked , never nibble raw sausage… not even rare in my book!

Cruiser's avatar

Put one under each arm pit and tuck the rest in your pants…ready to cook in 15 mins…SNAP!

robmandu's avatar

The fastest way. Forget cold water.

Put the sausage (in plastic) in a bowl of warm water… and keep warm water from the tap constantly running into it.

Wasteful of tap water and energy… but it’s fast, like 10 minutes fast, with no risk of partially cooking the item like always happens to me with the microwave.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Drag them behind a speeding train!Fastest way to cook them yet! ;)

phil196662's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille ; at least you won’t have to worry about getting the crosshatches..

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Yes.It ruins the look,that’s for sure ;)

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@Cruiser I’ll say it again…are you going to demonstrate this feat?

tedibear's avatar

@augustlan got it right. Follow this for safe defrosting.

lilikoi's avatar

If you are super pressed for time take them out of the freezer and throw them into a frying pan with a little bit of oil.

Just read the details. Four hours should be plenty of time for the traditional method of submerging them in a bowl of water.

Thammuz's avatar

Running hot tap water is the best option, since unlike the bowl, it stays hot.

YARNLADY's avatar

What I do is put in a plastic bag in a pan of warm water. Every half hour or so, turn on the heat under the pan for a couple of minutes to warm the water back up.

augustlan's avatar

From @tedibear39‘s USDA link:

Foods should never be thawed or even stored on the counter, or defrosted in hot water. Food left above 40 °F (unrefrigerated) is not at a safe temperature.” (emphasis mine)

Seriously… do not use warm or hot water. Bacteria multiplies very quickly at unsafe temps.

angelaclaire's avatar

Placing them in a zip-top bag and then either in a bowl of cold water or under cold running water really is best, but be sure to get as much air out of the bag as possible. Heat can travel into the sausages best by conduction (direct contact of molecules). Any air in the bag will effectively “insulate” the sausages from the water, which will lengthen the defrost time.

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