Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Defrosting without a microwave
Joy wrote to me with this question:
How do you defrost something if you do not have a microwave? I have one problem... reheating left overs (we eat quiet a few of them) and defrosting left overs that I have frozen.
Defrosting things without a microwave means that I usually have to think ahead -- at least a little bit.
Meats: Preferably these are planned ahead and can be defrosted in the fridge. For an emergency solution, thaw meat in a bowl of cold water in the sink (check on it often and remove it as soon as it's thawed!).
Cheese: I freeze blocks of cheese (bought on sale) and they thaw nicely in the fridge (slow), on the counter (faster), or in a bowl of cold water (fastest).
Soups: Preferably these can be thawed in the fridge, but I have also been known to put a big chunk of icy soup into a pan on the stove to thaw as it heats up. Just run hot water on the outside of the container to get it out.
I occasionally freeze leftovers, and usually thaw them in the fridge in advance. For re-heating leftovers, we use the oven (for things like pizza, lasagna, etc. -- when it's cold outside!) or saucepans.
Does anyone else have any good microwave-less defrosting or leftovers tips for Joy? :)
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