Cooking Shortcut – Make Cooking Easy – Freeze Meat and Fish in Serving Sizes – Shorter Thawing Time – Have What You Need When You Need It –

Cooking Shortcut 4Waiting for meat to thaw in the refrigerator makes cooking more difficult, because the cook must know a few days in advance what he or she plans to cook. I found a shortcut that reduces thawing time.

I freeze meat or fish in serving-size portions, which reduces thawing time. I put a serving-size piece of meat or fish in a plastic sandwich bag and place each one inside a gallon-size freezer bag, which will hold several servings of meat or fish. With a freezer bag full of serving-size meat or fish, I can pull out as much as I need, and it will thaw in a few hours.

Cooking Shortcut 1This is a photo of a package of frozen sirloin patties. We buy them at Costco. I used to buy several pounds of hamburger, make patties, and freeze them as described above. Now I buy the sirloin patties already packaged in single servings and pull out as many as I want. This saves more time. I’m glad I discovered this super shortcut.

Cooking Shortcut 3Of course, I do not leave thawed meat or fish sitting on my counter top. Once the ice crystals have disappeared, safety requires that thawed meat be returned to the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Also, I remember to sanitize any surface that raw meat or fish has touched. I wipe it with sanitizing wipes, dry it with paper towels, rinse it with clear water, and dry it again.

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About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.
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2 Responses to Cooking Shortcut – Make Cooking Easy – Freeze Meat and Fish in Serving Sizes – Shorter Thawing Time – Have What You Need When You Need It –

  1. The wipes are handy and wise to use.

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