Do You Defrost Food by Putting It in the Fridge or Leaving it Out? If So, You’re Doing it All WRONG

FREEZING food is a convenient way to save it, but thawing it can be a hassle. Scientists say most people “aren’t aware” of the right thawing method.


Most of us tend to leave it in the refrigerator all day or quickly blast it in the microwave – but we’re defrosting our grub all wrong according to Norwegian scientists.

Susanne Ekstedt, a researcher at the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden in Gothenburg, says the best way to do it is to use water.

She recommends putting the food in a sealed plastic bag and then submerging it in cold tap water.

You will need to change the water every half an hour to ensure that it stays sufficiently cold.

Never use hot water as this can cause the outer layer of the food to heat up to a temperature where harmful bacteria begins to multiply.

Once the food is thawed completely, you will need to cook it immediately.

Susanne says, “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.”

Bjørg Egelandsdal, a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, added: “There has never been any good scientific evidence behind the advice that food should be thawed in the refrigerator.

“Maybe the idea behind this advice is that refrigerator thawing is most hygienic.

“It is true that meat and other foodstuffs should be stored in the refrigerator if they are thawed, but it is definitely better to thaw food quickly in water if you are going to use it right away.”

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