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How can I defrost steaks quickly ??

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14 13 1:04 am    Post subject: How can I defrost steaks quickly ?? Reply with quote

A friend of mine who is 82 is recovering from his 2nd minor stroke/event in the last year. I talked to his son about bringing him over to watch the Browns and I would make steak for them as I have those 10 ribeye's in the freezer..

I wont know until maybe an hour or two beforehand if he is up to making the visit or not , I saw him last night at the local pub , he was wiped out after about 45 minutes. Anyway , if it were just 1 or 2 steaks its no big deal if he couldn't make it as me and the girlfriend would eat them. But , if they do come over there will be 7 of us , so , I don't want to thaw out 7 steaks ahead of time in case he cant make it. I will save them until they can come over....

So , after all that , what is a good/safe way to thaw them out on short notice , they are all about 1.25" thick...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14 13 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

N8DCJ,

Are they vac-packed, or do you have them in ziploc's?

Frozen in single packs, or one big one?

Hopefully you have them vac-packed in ones or two's, in which case I would defrost in a sink of cool water. I would think they would be thawed in a couple hours.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14 13 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14 13 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC your steaks are vac-sealed? Throw them in cool water for an hour or so.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14 13 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tepid water for 20 minutes (changing frequently) should do. That is not enough time for you to worry about bacteria and you are only defrosting which means the centers will likely remain cool.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14 13 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How far away from you does he live?

Do you have a Weber Kettle or a knock off?

Do you have time to take the food to him and cook it, that way instead of him loosing ground while on the drive towards you, cut that off at the pass and take the food to him! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14 13 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thaw them, if he doesn't come, make stew or fajitas tomorrow night

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14 13 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stroke??? Is he even allowed to eat steak?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15 13 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If not vac packed, placing them on a piece of aluminum cookware such as an upside-down pan works great. I have an electric griddle i use for quick defrosting of steaks and chops. Just place them on the griddle (not turned on) and flip over when one side is defrosted
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16 13 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16 13 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well as it turned out he wasn't able to make it , his sister came to town so he spent time with her...

Bugs ... yep you recalled correctly , they are vacuum sealed...

SoEzzy ... he lives only a couple of miles away , and part of the idea was to get him out of his condo.

Tim - I asked his son that question and he said no problem.

It looks like when it comes time to do this I will just thaw them out in cool water..

thanks everyone for the advice..

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16 13 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take mine and and set them on the hot blacktop drive. 15 minutes per side and you are ready to grill. Works best on sunny days... Smile
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