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Can I cook frozen meat without first thawing it?

Generally, any cut of meat may be cooked either frozen or thawed. However, the following should be thawed before cooking: meat to be coated with crumbs before cooking; meat to be browned as the first step in cooking; ground meat that must be shaped for cooking; large roasts--they can overcook on the outside before the inner part is done, if they are not thawed first.


If meat is cooked without being thawed, it will require 10 to 20 minutes of extra cooking time per pound. Thaw all meat in the refrigerator.               



Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia




Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009



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