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    Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    How to Defrost Food Properly

    Generally, defrosting is best done in the fridge. Take the frozen food out of the freezer and leave it in the fridge overnight. It should be ready to use by morning. Easy enough, right? That’s how people have done it for years as it was considered the safest way to defrost food. Keeping food cool minimises the risk of food poisoning. However, new research from food scientists says otherwise.

    A team of Norwegian researchers based out of the Technical Research Institute of Sweden claims that the best way to defrost food is with cold water. Sealed frozen food should be defrosted under a cold, running tap or in a bowl of water. Susanne Ekstedt, one of the researchers, said that the conductivity of water makes it the superior defrosting method. The taste of the food is better preserved as well. 

    In an interview with Metro Ekstedt said, “This is something food scientists have known to be true for a long time now. But this knowledge is mostly confined to the food industry. Most people don’t seem to be aware of this.”

    Other professionals in the field corroborate the research team’s findings. Bjorg Egelandsdal, professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, said “there has never been any good scientific evidence behind the advice that food should be thawed in the refrigerator.”

    Ekstedt warns away from defrosting food in the microwave, especially meat as the microwave damages it. Sometimes it cooks the outer edges of the meat without fully defrosting the item, leaving a frozen centre. Though using the microwave is definitely the fastest and most efficient method of defrosting, it changes the flavour of the food.

    When defrosting food using water, be sure to use cold water. Warm or hot water will cause the outer layer to heat up, making the ideal environment for bacteria to multiply. Water must be changed out every half hour to ensure a consistent temperature. Food should be sealed in a leak-proof plastic bag. 

    Jacqui Litvan

    Jacqui Litvan, wielding a bachelor's degree in English, strives to create a world of fantasy amidst the ever-changing landscape of military life. Attempting to become a writer, she fuels herself with coffee (working as a barista) and music (spending free time as a raver).
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