People often ask - what is the best way to thaw or defrost your frozen seafood? Commonly there are 3 ways that people often use to thawing their seafood. However, each methods has it pros and cons.
1. Using the refrigerator
The best way to defrost your frozen seafood is actually in the refrigerator (not the freezer compartment). However, you would need to plan your meal ahead of time (a day before).
Place the frozen seafood in a clean container or a plate to hold any liquid forms during the thawing process. Place the container or plate on the low shelf of the refrigerator. Allow the thawing to take place up to 24 hours. After thawing, remove any liquid collected in the packaging and use the seafood within a day for freshness and safety.
2. Using water
Water Thawing is the most common way of thawing frozen seafood, at least that is what my mom and grandma taught me. This method is fast, usually takes about 1-2 hours to thaw the frozen seafood, but we need to keep an eye on the frozen seafood when it thaws.
Simply place the frozen seafood in a leak-proof plastic bag (if it is not in one). Submerge the seafood in cool tap water and change the water every 15-30 minutes until the seafood is defrosted. You cannot speed up the process by defrosting the seafood in hot water. This may encourage bacteria to multiply, thus causing contamination of the seafood. Thawed seafood are to be cooked immediately.
3. Using Microwave
Enter the wonder of technology - The Microwave. The microwave has various functions and one of it is the defrost setting.
When thawing with the microwave, you have got to be careful and not to overheat the seafood. We want to thaw the seafood and not cook it. Defrosted seafood should still feel cool upon defrosting. The defrosted seafood has to be cooked immediately.
Conclusion: Depending on the time i got, i often use the refrigerator method. But when time calls for last minute seafood cravings, the water method works wonders too.
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