How to properly defrost meat

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to properly defrost meat?” with an in-depth analysis of different methods for defrosting meat. Moreover, we are going to discuss the storage and nutritional value of meat.

How to properly defrost meat?

You can safely defrost meat In the following three ways;

  • In the Refrigerator
  • In the microwave oven
  • In the cold water

How can you defrost the meat in the refrigerator?

One of the best ways to thaw the meat is by using the refrigerator.

Ground beef, stew meat, and steaks only a day to defrost in the fridge.

Bone-in parts and whole roasts,  on the other hand, may take 2 or more days for thawing in the refrigerator.

Once you have thawed the raw meat in the fridge you can keep it safely in the fridge for 3_5 days without cooking it.

And if you don’t feel the need to cook the beef, you may also refreeze it and store it for more time.

How can you defrost the meat in the microwave oven?

You can defrost the meat using a microwave oven.

However, the meat defrosted in the microwave must be used immediately after the thawing or you shouldn’t refreeze it before cooking it.

Because some portions of the meat might be cooked during the thawing and it could lead to the growth of bacteria over it if not cooked.

Usually, this method goes best for the meat with the smaller pieces such as chicken breast for a stir-fry ground beef for tacos.

Turn on the defrost option of the microwave and put the meat in it.

If there’s no defrost setting in your microwave then set the microwave at a lower power level and thaw the meat by running it in short bursts.

How can you defrost the meat in the cold water?

The best way to quickly and easily defrost the meat is by the use of cold water.

To defrost the meat by this method, put your meat in a plastic or freezer bag.

Put the bag in a bowl filled with the cooled water and keep on changing the water after 30 mins.

Changing water will ensure that meat has been kept in cooled water.

By this method, poultry and seafood of about 1 pound can be defrosted in an hour or less.

But the time taken for defrosting depends on the amount of meat, larger amounts of meat will take more time for defrosting.

You should also not refreeze such meat before you cook it as in the case of defrosting the meat in the oven.

Can you cook the meat without defrosting it?

Yes! meat can be cooked without defrosting it and it is safer for health than eating the thawed meat.

As it is also said that thawed meat shouldn’t be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours as it increases the chance of bacterial growth on it.

This process takes 50% more time to cook the fresh, frozen meat rather than cooking a thawed meat.

That’s why it is advised to not cook such meat in the slow cooker.

How to properly store the meat?

Proper storage is very important for any food as it increases its shelf life of the food.

While storing the meat, you should keep in mind the following things;

  • You can store the meat in the fridge. For this purpose, you can put it in tic paper and keep it in the fridge.
  • However,  If you want to store the meat for a longer period, put it in the freezer.
  •  Use a freezer bag or airtight container to put the meat in it and then store it in the freezer.

What are the signs of spoiled meat?

You should always check before eating the meat whether it is good to use or not.

If your meat has been spoiled then you should throw it and not consume it.

Some of the signs of the spoiled meat ate the following;

  • Grey colour
  • Sticky or tacky to touch
  • Off smell

If you notice such signs then your meat has gone bad so should not consume it.

What is the nutritional value of the meat?

The nutritional value for the 100 grams of the ground, broiled beef with 10% fat content is given below;

  • Calories: 217
  • Water: 61%
  • Protein: 26.1 grams
  • Carbs: 0 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Fibre: 0 grams
  • Fat: 11.8 grams

Here are the health benefits of meat.


In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to properly defrost meat?” with an in-depth analysis of different methods for defrosting meat. Moreover, we discussed the storage and nutritional value of the meat.


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