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.