Don’t thaw meat on your kitchen counter. Bacteria thrive at room temperature. Don’t rinse chicken under running water. This can splash bacteria around your kitchen, leading to cross-contamination. Nov 24, 2015 · Cold defrosting a turkey keeps the fresh flavor in so that it’s only unleashed during the cooking process. When it is cooking, the meat will stay tender, moist, and the natural flavors will be released. How to Brine: The best way to flavor a turkey is to brine it. Bathe the bird in cold herb, citrus, or salt and pepper water. Oct 21, 2012 · The ground beef she had pulled from the freezer and thawed in the fridge, or microwave, always seemed to be soft on the outside and icy in the middle. Meatloaf making was a miserable affair, leaving her with red and frozen fingertips. Then one day a friend told our family about thawing frozen meat in water. Jul 16, 2014 · I defrost my frozen meat by putting it in a stainless steel sauce pan or pot and fill it with cold water and put something heavy to submerge it then I put it inside the fridge if I need to cook it in the 3 or 4 hours , otherwise I just defrost it by putting it straight in the fridge in order to cook it the next day.