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Ugh. Really? Is it ok to defrost ground beef in the microwave?

I set out a pound of ground beef to defrost for dinner tonight and it's gone! I can't find it anywhere.

 
Hollyhock.

Asked by Hollyhock. at 8:30 PM on Feb. 14, 2013 in Food & Drink

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Answers (20)
  • yes, but dont defrost for a pound of meat otherwise itll start to cook
    defrost for half to 3/4 a pound
    the fat stays congealed so if making hamburger patties they will stick together and not become that weird gloopy stuff
    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 8:32 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Sure. I do it a lot.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 8:32 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Try putting said frozen food in plastic bag then drop bag in hot water
    sunshine196

    Answer by sunshine196 at 8:36 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • You can, but use the defrost setting. Otherwise you'll end with half your meat cooked and half still frozen
    momto2boys973

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 8:39 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Am I the only one dying to know where the other pound of ground beef is?!
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 8:52 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Am I the only one dying to know where the other pound of ground beef is?!

    Dying to know or terrified to know. That sounds like the kind of nightmare that starts with a toddler hiding "treasure" under the living room recliner (and makes me grateful mine only ever stole laundry and office supplies from my desk)
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:07 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • I do all the time.
    Izsarejman

    Answer by Izsarejman at 8:31 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • It's fine, but the temperature is going to be irregular, so use it soon after defrosting.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 8:32 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Did you look in the dog? If you have one. If your microwave has defrost, you can.
    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 8:33 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Yep. My microwave has a setting to defrost meat. You enter the pounds and the microwave does half power for a couple minutes, then you turn the meat over and it does half power again for a couple minutes, then you turn the meat over...it just keeps doing that again and again until it's thawed.
    AllAboutKeeley

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 8:34 PM on Feb. 14, 2013