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Tasty Tuesdays: Thaw A Roast Faster

Ever forget to take a roast out of the freezer soon enough? The Damsel has committed this crime many times.




Here are a couple of tricks that will help thaw that slab.

1. Put the roast, still in its packaging, in a sink of warm water.  Turn it now and then so that both sides get the chance to be in contact  with the warm water, since it will float. Or maybe you can rig something  to keep it submerged. When the water cools, refill with warm water. The  Damsel has heard you shouldn’t use hot water, but she’s observed little  harm in the water being Quite Warm. Boiling would be not so great,  though.

2. Yes, the Damsel does use the microwave betimes. But you’ve got to  be careful, or you’ll end up with partially cooked meat. Set your  microwave to a low power setting and check it often. If you have the  time, use the microwave to thaw the meat halfway and then thaw the rest  of the way in the refrigerator, to avoid a rubbery half-cooked, half  thawed excuse for a piece of meat.




3. The Damsel has heard that pouring vinegar over a frozen roast will  lower the meat’s freezing temperature, causing it to thaw faster.  Bonus: the vinegar will also tenderize the meat. They say it won’t make  the roast taste vinegary either. The Damsel is going to try this the  very next time roast is on the menu.

With any of these methods, be vigilant that your slab-o-beef doesn’t  remain at room temperature too long. Ideally, you should begin cooking  the roast while it is still very cold.

But here’s an even easier idea…if you’ve got four or more hours, put  the thing in the oven, rock solid frozen, at 250 degrees F. (Along with  several cups of water or broth and whatever seasonings you like. Cover.)  No fooling!


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Margot  is a  mom of seven and pretty much crazy from it. Online she's known as  the  Damsel in Dis Dress and blogs at the Old School (http://www.mynewoldschool.com/) and twitters at @the_damsel.
A blog about her writing adventures is found at Inklings.

 
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