I'm totally going to blow your mind with this kitchen tip. Ha, ha. Actually, this tip is pretty much a no-brainer! But, even so, it is really helpful in the kitchen. I do this – water bath defrosting – to defrost frozen cheese, lemon/lime cubes, hard ice cream, frozen fruit, frozen fruit puree, and more!
If the food is in a freezer bag or container, nest it inside a larger bowl of cool water. If the food is not in a bag or container, put the food in a bowl that will nest inside the bowl of cool water. Keep changing the water periodically until the food is defrosted. I transfer the whole operation to the refrigerator if the defrosting will take more than an hour.
There are times when I fill the bigger bowl with warm water – like for a quick defrost of lemon juice ice cubes. But for larger quantities of food, such as a turkey, or a block of cheese, or a quart-size bag of frozen fruit, the water really should be cool and should be changed frequently, for food safety.
I know, I know. Exciting.
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