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    Default Defrosting food

    I feel like such a loser posting this. I am a reasonable cook, but I just can't defrost.

    I'm trying to be more organised this year and cooking in bulk and freezing seems like a simple solution.

    However everytime I try to defrost a meal it either: takes so long it saves no time, ends up half hot and half frozen or over cooks it. In any event I usually end up tossing it and having toast.

    So what I am doing wrong? Hints and tips most appreciated.

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    Why dont you just leave it in the fridge or bench top to defrost during the day?

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    My favourite approach?
    Freeze in zip-lock bags. Get food out the night before/in the morning, put bags in a bowl of water in the fridge. If you're home, refresh the water a couple of times during the day.
    Thawed and ready by dinner time.

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    The only way I've ever defrosted is by leaving things in the fridge overnight or on the bench during the day if I'm short on time.

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    I usually just take it out in the morning and leave it to defrost in the microwave (I have cats lol). If not quite defrosted in time I usually just cook it anyway tbh.

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    I always grab whatever I'm having for dinner out the night before and leave it in the fridge to defrost. When I get home from work if it's not quite defrosted, I'll put it out on the bench for a while.

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    So if it's a pre-cooked meal and you defrost during the day, do you then just reheat in the microwave?

    I live in Cairns so I'm not too sure of leaving it out all day. Would it defrost enough in the fridge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    So if it's a pre-cooked meal and you defrost during the day, do you then just reheat in the microwave?

    I live in Cairns so I'm not too sure of leaving it out all day. Would it defrost enough in the fridge?
    Yep. I used to live in Brisbane and I'd defrost in the fridge during the day and reheat when it's needed.

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    Precooked food I put in the fridge the day before I plan to eat it. Depending on the size of the meal, I take it out the morning before or at night before bed.

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    For something like a 1.5L tub of pasta sauce or casserole, I just do 4-5 minutes in the microwave, take it and stir (or scoop off the defrosted outer layer into a different bowl), and another 4-5 minutes in the microwave.

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