What is the saftest and fastest way to defrost food?

by on December 21, 2009

Q: I want the safest place to defrost food quicker than the refrigerator.

If I were to boil a bowl of water in a microwave and then remove the bowl and place the food to be defrosted in the microwave, would I be right to assume that it would be a bacteria free environment?

I’d prefer not to power up the microwave, just use it for holding the food.

3 Responses to “What is the saftest and fastest way to defrost food?”
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    You can defrost a turkey, for example, in a bowl of water if it is in leak proof packaging. The key, depending on who you talk to, is to either have the water continually replacing, ie have it under slow running water so the water keeps changing, or you have to replace the water every 30 minutes.

    In theory this could work for other types of food as well.


    A bowl or pan of warm/hot water with your food in a zip-lock bag works really well. I’ve used it a number of times for defrosting steaks and chicken parts.

    Check on the food every few minutes to monitor progress, you’ll probably need to flip the food around in the pan a few times to defrost the whole thing. If the water gets cold swap it out with more warm water.

    Hotish water from the tap will be fine, I wouldn’t both with boiling water. The key is you want to defrost the food, not cook it : )


    There have been many reports of injury to people using microwave ovens to heat water to make hot drinks. Water heated in a microwave oven may be superheated and when objects (e.g. a spoon) or granulated materials (e.g. instant coffee) are put into it, the water may boil very vigorously or even appear to explode out of the container. The vigorously ejected boiling water can cause serious burns. Sometimes even the act of taking the container out of the oven and or putting it on the bench can cause the boiling.