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Do you HAVE to fully defrost a joint before cooking???

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Mo2 Sun 23-Jan-05 10:38:06

Aaargh! Put large gammon joint into fridge(from freezer) last night - it says 'defrost in the fridge for a minimum of 18-20 hours'.

Just got it out, and it's still partly frozen!

Have put it in kitchen (at room temp) but ideally was meant to be putting it in the oven in 45 mins time ????

What's the theory behind fully defrosting before cooking? Couldn't I just cook it a bit longer?

suzywong Sun 23-Jan-05 10:39:54

no
it must be fully defrosted to ensure safe and even cooking, particularly a big hunk of meat with no bone to conduct heat

sorry

Mo2 Sun 23-Jan-05 10:41:27

hmm.... yes that what I suspected....

SoupDragon Sun 23-Jan-05 10:50:52

Try putting it in a bowl of cold water. Saw that suggested on MN before.

galaxy Sun 23-Jan-05 10:51:00

mo2 - thread hijack. Are you going out on Thursday to GT's leaving do?

weightwatchingwaterwitch Sun 23-Jan-05 10:51:38

I'd have said it had to be fully defrosted too. Sorry.

SoupDragon Sun 23-Jan-05 10:56:06

Can you cut it into 2 smaller bits? Might it defrost quicker that way?

galaxy Sun 23-Jan-05 10:56:47

Can't you defrost it in the microwave then?

Casmie Sun 23-Jan-05 11:46:07

Bowl of water thing does work well, ime... but better if you have an hour or two to spare. No Microwave?

Mo2 Sun 23-Jan-05 16:44:39

Galaxy - yes probably....

Re the joint.... had chicken instead! But will now be esting gammon joint for the rest of the week (it was a big one we had left over from Christmas (unused) so it was too big for the microwave!!

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