The most effective and safest way to thaw a freezer meal is to put it in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. The exact thawing time will depend on the size of the meal. Make sure to place it on a plate to catch any condensation or leaks as it thaws.
It’s worth noting that once you have safely thawed your raw or cooked frozen food in the refrigerator, you can still refreeze it if it’s been stored at 40°f or lower. Just keep in mind that there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing.
This method works best when you develop a menu plan at the beginning of the week and then move the freezer meals to the refrigerator a few days ahead of time. But we realize that great planning doesn’t always happen, so there are two faster thawing methods you can use.
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