Someone rightly said about food ~‘If it doesn’t have meat, it’s just a snack’! We love our pets, but oh we do love our meat too! Vegans may raise an eyebrow at the ‘hypocrisy’ and judge us all they like but eating meat is as necessary to us meat-lovers as breathing or sleeping. The countless barbeques we have every winter is a tradition that’s very close to our hearts and our refrigerators are stocked to the brim with every kind of meat available on earth (though bacon tops the list for good reason!)
However thawing that beloved cut of frozen lamb or beef before cooking might become a dreadful headache if you aren’t well-informed. Most of us make a mess in our kitchen sinks while defrosting meat. That’s why it’s important to play by the rules and get the know-how before trying to defrost your meat at home.
The following simple steps will help you eager home-chefs avoid the hassles of defrosting and also save precious time ~
- Always ALWAYS use a Ziploc bag or a waxed freezer paper (a greener alternative to the plastic bags) to store your meat. You may also wrap the whole thing up in a sheet of aluminium after packaging it in waxed paper or Ziploc. That will ensure long-lasting freshness and lesser contact with air or moisture.
- When you want to defrost your meat, take it out of the freezer and refrigerate it normally overnight. This will ensure that you can store your meat raw once again afterwards.
- After defrosting meat, just place it in an oven safe bowl and microwave it in ‘defrost’ mode for around 5 minutes. Be careful not to overdo this since the meat may start cooking inside the oven.
- Take it out of the oven and voila! Your meat is ready to be cooked, baked or grilled!