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.
This 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.
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.