How do YOU Thaw It?

Canada
January 8, 2009 6:12pm CST
Hamburger meat that is.... How do you usually thaw it out? Do you put it in the fridge over night? Do you put it in a sink of cold water for the day? Do you just take it out of the freezer frozen and then Thaw it in the microwave before cooking? Perhaps you just place it in the frying pan and chip away at it... Why do you do it the way you do it? Once it is thawed, what is your favorite thing to make from Hamburger? How often do you cook with Hamburger? Happy Frying! ~Heavens~
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27 responses
• United States
9 Jan 09
Well, I've done it two ways. I do prefer ground turkey though but hamburger meat is good also. If I remember, I'll defrost it in the refrigerator overnight. If not, I let it defrost on the kitchen counter because my kitchen is cool, not hot. Being on a limited budget, my favorite dinner is called Meatball Stew. Make fun little meatballs, french onion soup, potatoes, carrots, beans and you're all done. Simple but yummy. Bread on the side with salad. You can add whatever vegies you'd like. All set.
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• Canada
9 Jan 09
Meatball Stew actually sounds quite delicious! If your anything like me, you never remember to get the meat out the night before to put in the fridge or what ever you planned on...I must say I am a microwave thawer of hamburg myself as it is so quick this way and then I cook it up right away! ~Heavens~
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• United States
9 Jan 09
Yes, I've done it in the micro too if I totally forgot about dinner, or changed my mind at the last second, haha. It is faster I must say. Now I'm getting hungry again, lol!
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• Canada
9 Jan 09
Sorry about that! ~Heavens~
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@breepeace (3028)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
This is funny, because I'm doing it right now! :) My current method is the last one.. putting it in the frying pan and chipping at it, because I'm just making Hamburger Helper for my boyfriend and I as a simple meal tonight. Usually I just put it on the counter in the early afternoon, and by dinnertime, it's ready to go. Sometimes I'll microwave it if it isn't thawed enough, but right now we have no microwave (YET!) so I can't do that.
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• Canada
9 Jan 09
Hello breepeace! So glad that my discussion is so timely for you! I absolutely love good timing in life I actually had to chip away at it tonight also as there is something wrong with the fuses in our apartment or something and my Microwave is not working! Normally I just take it out of the freezer and put it in the microwave...the way I did it tonight takes so much more time and my Hubby had to go out tonight too...Thankfully the shepherds pie was ready for him on time! We have hamburg Helper about two or three times a month...Quick, Cheap, and Yummy! ~Heavens~
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
9 Jan 09
It's not advisable to leave any type of meat at room temperature as it can lead to bacterial growth.
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• Canada
9 Jan 09
rocketj1 is correct on that point! You should place the hamburger or whatever type of meat it is in a sink of cold water instead or in the fridge over night! If you use the microwave, cook it immediately! Do not reheat left over foods more than once either! ~Heavens~
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
9 Jan 09
To thaw my hamburger meat I take it out the fridge and let thaw at room temperature. The best way I like to cook my hamburger meat or ground beef is in a meat loaf. Very seldom do I make hamburgers. I also like to fix a rotel dip using ground beef and Velveeta Cheese.
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• Canada
9 Jan 09
The dip sounds yummy...what do you serve that with? I like to make my Meatloaf with stuffing and put it into muffin pans for baking! ~Heavens~
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
9 Jan 09
beware chevee, thawing meat at room temperature can cause bacterial growth. I only use the fridge to be safe. Some people use the sink with cold water but I don't risk it.
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@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I generally use the cold water thawing method, because I never think to sit it out the day before. I generally do not like using the microwave, because unless I am checking it every 10 seconds, I end up having some pieces of meat already cooked, which is only good it I am doing something crumbly, like taco meat or something. Not my preferred way if I am doing patties.
• Canada
9 Jan 09
Hi Paula I agree with you for making patties or meat balls... The best way of thawing for that is definitely over night in the fridge or sink of cold water for sure! I'm often making pasta sauce or Shapherds pie or Hamburg Helper and so I usually go the microwave route for these! ~Heavens~
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@nchap36 (557)
• United States
9 Jan 09
We cook hamburger meat about 3 times a week. The way we unthaw hamburger meat. We either put it in cold water or in the microwave. It just don't seem right unless I cook it the same day I buy it.
• Canada
9 Jan 09
Fresh is the best where it has never been frozen but this is generally not possible for me as I don't drive and so buy quantities when I have the opportunity and it hits the freezer unless I keep out one portion for that night! I am a microwave person generally when thawing Hamburg. I like it because it takes about four minutes and then I cook it right away, so quick this way! ~Heavens~
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@sahmof2 (274)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I would usually just let the ground beef thaw out over night and put it in the fridge until I'm ready to use it or I would let it thaw out from the morning until I'm ready to cook dinner. I cook with it about once or twice a month. I usually make hamgurgers, tacos, lazagna or any other pasta dish that calls for ground beef. My fave however is burgers, lazagna, and soft tacos.
• Canada
9 Jan 09
Hello sahmof2 and Welcome to My Lot! So glad that you dropped by here to talk about your thawing processes We really enjoy talking about just about anything here Usually I just take it out of the freezer and thaw in the microwave then cook immediately or I would put in fridge over night. I cook with hamburg at least once a week, maybe more as it is a very economical meat and there is so much you can do with it! Your favorites are some of mine as well My husband just loves meatloaf made with stuffing instead of breadcrumbs and made in a muffin pan!!! With Hamburger Meat the possibilities are many! ~Heavens~
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@Theresaaiza (9597)
• Australia
9 Jan 09
I ain't the most patient hamburger cook around. I don't stress myself by waiting for eternity for my meat to thaw. So what I do, i just slap it into the frying pan, and there goes my meal.
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• Canada
12 Jan 09
Do you just put it in frozen and then place a lid on top? Do you add water so it doesn't burn that way? ~Heavens~
• Australia
13 Jan 09
Oh, yes it gets burned sometimes.
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• Canada
21 Jan 09
I suggest that you add a bit of water then...This will stop it from burning while it thaws! ~Heavens~
@suspenseful (40331)
• Canada
25 Jan 09
I take out the hamburger (correction in my case, extra lean ground beef) and put it on a plate and put the plate on the cupboard and let it thaw out. However if I am in a hurry, just got home and it is almost supper, I will put it in the microwave. I do not like thawing it in the fridge, because I might not be making spaghetti, spaghetti and meatballs, or macaroni casserole, the next day (that is what I use hamburger for)we might be going out for supper or my husband might decide to order in. So I usually do it the same day.
• Canada
25 Jan 09
I use hamburger for a large variety of dishes and meals and likely use it at least twice a week as finances are short and we are unable to go out or order in...Hamburger meat is very economical and so is a staple in our house..I buy the lean as it is healthier also! ~Heavens~
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@suspenseful (40331)
• Canada
25 Jan 09
I want to make lasagna one day, but there are two of us so it is not feasible. I bought the frozen kind and the cheap kind tasted like tomato sauce mixed with hamburger and noodles on top. I used to make meat loaf when I was in my twenties. I was thinking of buying the ground sirloin like Rachel does on her show, but it costs a bit too much for us.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
I've actually found a ready made lasagna that is quite reasonable in price that my family really likes but I have had the type you are talking about here and they are not the best I must agree! I just use regular hamburger meat for my meat loaf and it is quite good! I have an awesome recipe! ~Heavens~
• United States
23 Jan 09
I normally use the meat as soon as i get it home weather it be browning it off for future meals or making meatballs and meat loafs , burger patties , pepper steaks , and freezing them. we use about 20 pounds of hamburger in our household per week it is cheap and easy to work with. If I do get meat and don't have time to cook it off I put it in the fridge in a glass container with a lid to thaw. Hamburger lean is a great meal stretcher. My favorite way is pepper steaks grilled and served with grilled veggies , but i also make a milk gravy and add browned ground beef and serve over waffles that my family loves
• Canada
24 Jan 09
Wow! Twenty pounds a week is a lot! You must have a large family! So you precook it and then do you freeze it once it is cooked and how do you re-heat it? I agree that Hamburger is very economical and stretches nicely also. I also like the variety of meals it can be used for! I do hope that you are enjoying yourself here also! ~Heavens~
• United States
24 Jan 09
we have a very large family and i feed my clients most lunches i have an open door policy for all workers on the farm as well if im cooking they are invited. i just throw the frozen meat in the microwave for about 3 minutes to thaw or if doing a crock pot thing i add it frozen that is why i love the rubbermaid sandwich size boxxes they let me pop the frozen cooked burger right out
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
Neat Idea! I never thought of cooking first and then freezing it... This could save time too especially when cooking something like Shepherds pie or lasagna or pasta sauce or chili where the meat has to be browned first anyways!!! Thanks for the tip! That is so awesome that you own a farm or Ranch by the sounds of it... I was raised on a farm! I do hope you are enjoying yourself here on the Lot! ~Heavens~
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I either let it defrost in the fridge overnight or I use the microwave to thaw it out and then cook it right away.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
26 Jan 09
Sorry forgot to answer your second question - we usually make burritos or mix it with hamburger helper, or make mushroom meatballs and sorts.
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• Canada
27 Jan 09
I pretty much thaw mine out the same way! We use it for several dishes here as it is so economical and versatile! ~Heavens~
@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Well if I'm thinking of making something like meatballs, I take out some frozen hamburger meat and let it defrost overnight in the fridge. If I'm just thinking of having a hamburger I cook it up frozen. You see what I do whenever I buy hamburger meat I make pre-sized patties and freeze them...so it's just the right amount whether as a hamburger or a few meatballs (since I live alone it's only me I need to cook for anyway)
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• Canada
21 Jan 09
That's a wonderful idea and the best way to thaw out any meat is in the fridge over night as that is definitely the safest! I prepackage my meats also but then I have three mouths to feed here!Hamburger Meat is a staple around here! ~Heavens~
@laglen (19783)
• United States
9 Jan 09
If I am taking it out for a day or two later, I will thaw in the fridge. If I need that evening, i will put it in a bowl on the counter, if I need it in an hour or two, I will thaw it in water and then chip away at it! lol all of the above! We use hamburger meat about 2-3 times per month. Tonight we are having spaghetti, so I hamburger meat thawing on the counter.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
It is better if you thaw it in cold water...Much safer that way! ~Heavens~
@katsmeow1213 (24942)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I try to leave it in the fridge before I plan on using it, but sometimes I forget to do that. If I haven't left it in the fridge, then normally I will put it in the pan and chip away at it because I probably haven't figured it out in time to defrost it any other way. Even if I did have time, I don't really trust thawing it in the sink or in the microwave, so I'd use the pan. I've done it quite a few times, it still works out okay.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
Yes, it especially helps if you add a little water to the pan and put the lid on for a bit...just make sure it doesn't dry out of water and this will prevent burning this way! I agree, the best way to do it is in the fridge for sure! ~Heavens~
@jesssp (2743)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
There are special thawing trays you can get, they're made out of metal and I have no idea how they work. We have burner covers on our stove that are apparently made out of the same metal (that's what my mom tells me anyways, they used to be hers) so I always just leave meat on a burner for the afternoon so it's mostly thawed by the time I get home from work. Either that or I put in in the microwave and defrost it, taking the thawed parts off as I go. I would guess we use hamburger once a week on average. My favorite things to make are probably meat loaf (I love trying new kinds) and tacos.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
You are the second person who has mentioned these metal thawing tray things which I have never heard of before! I would imagine that would not be really safe though as you should never just leave meat out unless it is in cold water....I took a Food Handling Safety course and learned that there. In fact the best thing to do is place it in a bowl on the bottom shelf to thaw over night. I actually have an excellent "different" recipe for Meatloaf that you make in muffin tins! Absolutely delicious!!! ~Heavens~
@Uroborus (911)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
I have tried all three of the ways you mention. Mostly its the microwave though. Putting it in the fridge the night before requires planning, and I don't always plan my meals that much in advance. Mind you, thawing the meat is something I don't do too much anyway. Usually I buy it fresh the day I cook it. I find it tastes better that way, and it's easy enough to just pick some up on the way home from work.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
I am sure there are many people that do this...I should know, I work in a Grocery store but this is not practical for me as I always close the store and so I arrive home late at night and am unable to pick up anything when I close the store any way!! I know what you mean about planning ahead I sometimes have difficulty doing this also but I need to do this more and am thinking about writing up an actual menu for the week so that we are more organized here...However, that is why either a sink of water or the microwave is my best friend!!! ~Heavens~
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
9 Jan 09
i will take it out in the morning and put it on this metal thing that thaws frozen foods. it'll take about 7 hrs. to thaw ground beef, but i don't need to start cooking it til about 4 pm. hubby gets home at 5. last night i made spaghetti with it.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
Spaghetti with my meat sauce is one of my favorite things!! I must say I have never heard of one of these metal things...Would you be able to post a photo of it? Thanks so much for your response! ~Heavens~
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
9 Jan 09
Hi Heavens, I usually use my hamburger a day or two after I buy it, but sometimes I end up with it in the freezer. Then I either microwave it or chip away at it in the pan. I use hamburger to make meatloaf or to put in my spaghetti sauce, or to make taco meat, or I just make hamburgers. There is so much we can make with hamburger meat.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
Sorry I am three weeks in getting back to you my Dear OURDEW! It has been quite a month for me to say the least and I have not posted much since this discussion until today... If you see my latest discussion from today then you will understand why I am so late in getting back to you here and I hope you can forgive me as I truly do appreciate your response here as always! I truly do love the versatility of Hamburger! I make my own pasta sauce, tacos, meat loaf, shepherds pie, Meat Balls, Hamburgers, Chili and much more...It's a staple around here these days as it is so economical as well! ~Heavens~
@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
i cook with burger once a week. usually i'll leave it on the counter for a bit, then chip away at in in the pan, or if i need it thawed quickly i'll put it in cold water. i never microwave meat though.
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• Canada
21 Jan 09
I agree the best way to thaw any meat would be to take it out the night before and place it on the bottom shelf of the fridge over night or missing that to thaw in cold water and cook immediately but the way my mind works I often fail at these and so end up microwaving! ~Heavens~
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I put mine in the microwave on thaw, then I put it in a pan and make lots of things with it such as: Hamburger Helper, spagetti, hamburger stew, cheese burgers, hamburger, chilli with hamburger etc. etc..
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• Canada
21 Jan 09
I admit I am a microwave type of person as well! I love the variety that Hamburger has to offer in the dishes you can make also! I cook with it often...It is a staple in my house! ~Heavens~
@mogutou (24)
• United States
9 Jan 09
Put it in the fridge over night, or microwave it right before. Don't put hamburger meat in cold/hot water to thaw because there is a good chance they will be infected by bacteria this way. I like to mix my burger meat with butter and cream, try it, it's grrrreeat :D
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• Canada
12 Jan 09
Welcome to My Lot mogutou! I agree that the Fridge is the best way to do it however I usually do use the microwave and then yes fry it immediately! I took a food handling safety course and was actually told there that it was ok to put meat in a sink of cold water as long as it is either cooked immediately or placed in the fridge until cooked once thawed. Butter and Cream with Hamburger...Is that the entire meal? ~Heavens~