Health: these mistakes to never make when defrosting food

by Jessica Meurens

We agree: a freezer is very practical. But are you sure you are defrosting your food correctly? Still, this is very important because you risk food poisoning. We tell you everything!

Your freezer often comes to your aid. Leftovers, meat you buy but don’t want to eat right away, ice cream, fries, vegetables… But do you know exactly how to defrost food? Indeed, these should not be thawed anyhow, if you do not want to take the risk of falling ill.

For lack of time or simply because you are not aware, you may be making certain mistakes that could cause you food poisoning. So, take the time to defrost your food!

Here are the defrosting mistakes that can make you sick

  • Refreezing defrosted food: this is the most well-known error. If, for example, you’ve taken too much meat out of the freezer and you’re putting some back in, you need to cook it first. Indeed, you should never freeze a food that has just been thawed. This would promote the proliferation of bacteria, which would degrade the quality of your food and even cause you food poisoning.
  • Using the microwave: if you thaw meat in the microwave, it may cook on the surface but stay frozen inside. Your food will then not be cooked evenly afterwards. Prefer the pan. If you still want to defrost in the microwave, use the “defrost” mode but only for small foods, check often and cook them directly afterwards.
  • Defrost your food at room temperature: it’s also not a good idea to defrost your food at room temperature because the thermal shock could be violent for the food. To avoid breaking the cold chain and therefore the proliferation of bacteria and your food degrading, the best method is to use the refrigerator to defrost your food gradually.
  • Pass the food under hot water: yes, it may allow your food to defrost faster, but it’s not a good idea. Contact with hot water will indeed activate the proliferation of bacteria. On the other hand, if your frozen food is in a container and therefore does not come into direct contact with water, you can then run it under hot water.
  • Defrosting fish or seafood in a container: to defrost seafood or fish, place them in a colander, above a deep plate or bowl. In this way, you will collect the water that drains from your food and avoid the proliferation of microorganisms.
  • Cooking food without defrosting it: some foods can be cooked or cooked directly, without being defrosted. This is the case for individual pieces of meat or fish, ready meals, pizzas, etc. You can put these foods directly in a saucepan, a pan or in the oven, when they come out of the freezer. But, other foods must absolutely be defrosted before: large pieces of meat, whole poultry, pastries, fruit or raw vegetables.
  • Consuming raw thawed foods: thawed food must absolutely be well cooked because bacteria could develop during the thawing phase.

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