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How do I defrost this beef??

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irishheartenglishblood Sun 23-Aug-20 08:44:16

My not very sensible husband took a joint of beef out of the freezer last night for us to have today. Unsurprisingly it's still pretty frozen. We're going away tomorrow so can't wait till then I have it. Our microwave is not very reliable.
The beef isn't in its original packaging, just a freezer bag.
I'd need to start cooking it at 2-3pm.

What's the safest thing for me to do with it?

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ZeroFuchsGiven Sun 23-Aug-20 08:46:14

Surely if its been out since yesterday it will be defrosted ready for 3pm? I took a 2k pork joint out last night and it has defrosted.

plinkplinkfizzer Sun 23-Aug-20 08:51:19

Do you have a fan in the house ? Try sitting it infront of the fan it works !

Redraptor Sun 23-Aug-20 08:51:52

Just leave it out on the bench

Bellyfullofbiscuits Sun 23-Aug-20 08:53:16

If you can, cut it in to smaller pieces .

Doyoumind Sun 23-Aug-20 08:53:35

I'd sit it (in packaging) in a bowl of water.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sun 23-Aug-20 08:55:16

Fill a sink up with cold (Must be cold) water and put it in. It speeds up the process. Change the water per this article www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/cooking/a31928899/how-to-defrost-meat/

Soubriquet Sun 23-Aug-20 08:55:25

I second bowl of water, still in it’s packaging

drumandthebass Sun 23-Aug-20 09:23:55

I agree with sitting it in its packaging in water. Also, as the water gets colder from the beef, I'd change the water throughout the day so that's it's slightly less cold

irishheartenglishblood Sun 23-Aug-20 09:30:52

Thanks all. I saw the bowl of water method, but it's in a freezer bag not it's original packaging as it's part of a larger piece that's been cut up. I'm worried that it wouldn't be quite watertight enough?

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Soubriquet Sun 23-Aug-20 09:31:48

Pin the top of the bag to the side of the bowl?

dementedpixie Sun 23-Aug-20 09:33:05

I'd leave it on the worktop and cook as soon as its defrosted enough

dementedpixie Sun 23-Aug-20 09:33:35

or do the cold water thing and double bag in case of leaks

TeddyIsaHe Sun 23-Aug-20 09:34:37

Water won’t harm it! Just stick it in the sink and run the cold tap over it (plug out). It’s how every restaurant defrosts things.

Shylo Sun 23-Aug-20 09:36:45

Do you have a fan oven? I’ve found using the fan with no heat Is the quickest way to defrost meat

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