Tips To Cook Frozen Pork
When you are in the mood to pig on some pork, make sure you defrost it before setting it in the oven or grill. Frozen pork can be low in taste and juice and if you want to get the most out of it, thaw it in the refrigerator or leave it in the sink under running water to defrost. After a couple of hours, your pork cut would be good enough to cook. To make your task easier, we bring you a slew of tips to cook frozen pork.
How To Cook Frozen Pork
- It is important to thaw frozen pork before cooking to prevent foodborne disease. If you plan to cook frozen pork, it is always good to plan and have enough time in hand to defrost the meat. Thawing the meat in refrigerator is the safest way to defrost pork. Never thaw pork at room temperature as it becomes more susceptible to bacterial growth then.
- When thawing meat in the refrigerator, make sure that water drippings do not contaminate other foods kept inside. Fill a pot with water, douse pork into it, put it in a refrigerator, and wait until the meat is completely thawed. Make sure that the temperature doesn’t exceed 40°F. Once the pork defrosts, remove it from the refrigerator, pat it dry with a paper towel, cover it loosely with a foil or plastic, and store it in the refrigerator until further use. You can store the thawed pork for about 3-5 days after defrosting it.
- If you cannot wait for long, then thawing pork in cold water is your next best option. Fill the sink with enough water to cover the meat adequately. Put the pork in a bag and douse it in the cold water. Make sure that the bag is tightly sealed and leak proof. Change the water after every half an hour. Make sure you use only cold water for this method, as using hot or warm water will promote the growth of bacteria. Once done, shift the thawed meat to a clean, washed utensil, sanitize the sink and other surfaces that you think could be contaminated by the raw meat. Cook the pork almost immediately.
- You can also microwave the frozen pork to thaw it, but this process is not recommended as the defrosting time often varies according to the size and structure of your pork cut. Wrap the pork in a foil or cover loosely. Begin by microwaving the pork at defrost or medium low setting for about two minutes, let it stand for about couple of minutes and then check. Keep on turning the meat at regular intervals to ensure that the cut is properly thawed.
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