Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Quick Thaw

I'm once again joining in Works for Me Wednesday hosted by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer. You can go over there each week and see links to many posts with great tips, or try to post one of your own next week. It's open to everyone. I had another post written about a little incentive system for my daughter, but it was long, and since I somehow posted THREE times yesterday, I decided to post this quick and very cool tip so as not to make my readers tire of me. The longer tip will be up next week.

A friend recently shared that she had heard a tip of using aluminum to thaw her meat quickly. She tried it out, using her Calphalon pan, and putting the meat right on it. I don't even know what I have that's aluminum. I think most of my metal stuff is stainless steel. So, I decided to use my brand new Zodiaq Quartz stone countertop, and it worked! I put a package of chicken (I love the way Costco packages it now!) right on the countertop. I didn't check it often, but within 2 hours, it was totally thawed, so it was probably thawed enough to cook in an hour, or maybe less. I am not a food safety nerd, but I will say that it thawed quickly and was still cold, so then I put it in the fridge. We asked our scientist friend why this worked and we got a scientific answer--something about water molecules. I don't really care, but it works for me.

10 comments:

Amy said...

Great tip- this will come in handy when it is four o'clock and I haven't put the meat out to thaw :)

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

Great tip and another reason for my hubby to let me redo our countertops??? :) I've got countertop envy!

Katrina said...

Wow - I never heard of this. I knew there was a "real" reason I need Zodiaq countertops! :)

Rachel said...

Oooo, great tip!!!

Laurie said...

I've not got the neat countertops, but I do have some aluminum. I'll have to try it...maybe tonight.

Jennifer said...

Yes, the aluminum did work great for her. That wasn't clear in my post.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Love those countertops, too. Sheesh! If you post pics of your countertops, we'll let you post three times a day any time you want to! Thanks for sharing the tip. As long as it stays cold I'm good (food safety nerd, here). I'm never ahead of the thawing game and this inspires me!

Mama Duck said...

Great idea!!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

hmm...interesting. I would never have thought of that! that scientific answer must have been interesting too...

Addie said...

Totally thaw in 2 hours? That's pretty amazing! I'll definitely be trying that one soon! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)