Urgent question...steaks for dinner tonight are still frozen

We brought steaks to our vacation house and we're grilling in about thirty minutes. They are still partially frozen. How best to defrost them without ruining them or risking food poisoning?

  • Posted by: drbabs
  • July 12, 2011


drbabs July 13, 2011
Thanks everyone. Running water worked, and we had a delicious dinner last night!
Timothy B. July 12, 2011
I think that i would still be more leaning towards cold water than hot. I would think that hot water would be way to forceful and change the end quality. How? I don't know and honestly, I don't thank that I would ever do that. In my experience, Steaks respond best to slow. And cold tap water would be the way to go because the temp would change slower than if using hot water.
Timothy B. July 12, 2011
Interesting read.
Peter July 12, 2011
For those looking for the McGee article Gale mentions, here's the link:

Gale July 12, 2011
See Harold McGee (June 6, 2011) in the NYT on thawing in warm water
Timothy B. July 12, 2011
Agreed.. I would definitely run them under cold tap water.. That should do the trick in a reasonable amount of time.
pierino July 12, 2011
Running water works (and I don't necessarily approve) but it takes a long time. The microwave is the fastest and safest way.
Peter July 12, 2011
Running water. And recent studies show that even warm water is safe.
aargersi July 12, 2011
We throw the sealed bag in the pool!
Emily H. July 12, 2011
When it comes to defrosting, I prefer to let the meat sit under running water. The movement of the water over the meat seems to speed up defrosting tremendously. If I'm not in a rush, I do it with cool water, but I have gone as high as luke warm (but not warm/hot) water when in a rush.
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