How To Defrost Ground Beef In Water

How Long It Takes to Thaw Ground Beef in the Refrigerator

The safest way to defrost ground beef is in the refrigerator, but it takes the longest. According to Saunier, “the length of time it takes to thaw food in a refrigerator can vary depending on its temperature.” “A refrigerator set at 35 degrees Fahrenheit, for instance, might take longer to thaw than one set at 40 degrees. Furthermore, the beef’s weight or size will affect how long it takes to thaw. Thawing in the refrigerator typically requires a day or two.

Thawing Ground Beef in Cold Water

Although defrosting ground beef in cold water is a great way to quickly thaw protein, it requires more attention than putting it in the refrigerator. According to Tracey Brigman, EdD, MS, RDN, LD, clinical associate professor and associate director of the University of Georgia’s National Center for Home Food Preservation, this technique should only be applied if the water is kept cold—below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to Brigman, “the food must be in a leak-proof package or plastic bag for safe thawing.”

There are two methods for defrosting ground beef in cold water:

Run water over the protein bag continuously until it thaws, or submerge the ground beef bag entirely in a bowl of cold tap water.

The latter approach requires less hands-on work than running water over the package, but Brigman notes that “the water must be changed every 30 minutes as the food continues to thaw.”

Defrost Ground Beef in Cold Water

Some people would rather not defrost their meat in a microwave. Fair enough. If so, a cold tap water defrost could be the best option for you. The cold water method helps to gradually thaw the frozen center of the ground beef while maintaining a safe temperature in the outside layers. Avoid using hot or warm water as this can encourage the growth of dangerous bacteria on the meat’s exterior.

  • Make sure the beef is tightly sealed and placed in a leak-proof container.
  • Place the package in a sink or bowl of cold water.
  • To keep the water cold, change it every thirty minutes.