Health Tip: Thaw Poultry Safely08/02/11
(HealthDay News) -- There are safe ways to thaw chicken, turkey
and other poultry -- and there are not so safe ways to do so.
Improper thawing can lead to food-borne illness.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers these suggestions:
- Don't allow poultry to thaw at room temperature.
- Allow the poultry to thaw in the refrigerator for one-to-two
- You can thaw poultry in a sealed bag placed in cold water for
two-to-three hours, changing the water every 30 minutes to keep it
- Thawed poultry can be stored in the refrigerator for another
- You can defrost poultry in the microwave, but it should be
cooked immediately afterward.
- Always allow poultry to thaw before using a slow cooker.
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