How to defrost food safely with these simple steps

Defrost food is also the best ways to eat healthy, save and ensure that our food remains in good condition for consumption long after it has been purchased is to freeze it. However, for many of us it can be difficult to know what is the best option to defrost food later. In fact, we can make mistakes that damage the quality of the food and even make it unsafe to consume. With these simple tricks we will make sure to defrost food safely.

Defrost food in the refrigerator

Sometimes we can make the mistake of taking frozen food out of the fridge to defrost at room temperature. This can be a mistake that causes some foods – such as fish – to spoil or become unsuitable for consumption.

The best way to defrost the products, if we have time, is to defrost them in the refrigerator at less than 5º. The best thing to do is to place it on the lowest shelf in the refrigerator for about 24 hours, so that it defrosts slowly, at a suitable temperature and without taking risks.

Defrost when cooking

Defrost food while cooking

When we buy already frozen foods, such as frozen vegetables, it is recommended that we read the cooking instructions that they include. In most cases, the recommendation is that we cook them without prior defrosting and allow them to lose freezing thanks to the heat of cooking. We must bear in mind that, in most cases, the cooking time must be longer than that of the same fresh product.

Thaw in cold water

Defrost food in water
Cold water

A faster solution than defrosting in the refrigerator – but also safe – is to defrost food under the cold water tap. In any case, we must take a series of things into account : to begin with, we must make sure that the product to be defrosted is well wrapped in plastic or in a package that does not have the risk of leaks. This is because if not, it could get some bacteria that put the food at risk.

In addition, the ideal is to introduce the product well protected in cold water – never do it with hot water – and change the water approximately every half hour so that it does not temper or heat up and we do not run any risk. The time it takes to defrost will vary between half an hour and 3 hours depending on the size of the food. It is not recommended that we leave it for a longer time.

Defrost in the microwave

Defrost food in microwave

We can also defrost the products in the microwave, but only if we are going to cook them immediately after defrosting them. In this case, in addition, under no circumstances should a food that has been thawed in the microwave be frozen again.


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