Spring is just days away, and we think we speak for everyone when we say, “It’s about time!” Spring training, sunshine, windows open, and the tantalizing aroma of perfectly grilled steaks wafting through the house… What’s not to love?
As the days grow longer and we ready our patios, decks and appetites for the warmer weather, most of us are also thinking about which most flavorful steak we should add to the top of our shopping list. Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Kansas City Strips… The possibilities are endless. While there are many options when it comes to shopping for steak, it’s no secret that frozen steak delivery is the steak lover’s preferred choice. That being said, when it’s time to prepare our favorite cut for grilling, many of us still find ourselves searching for tips on how to defrost steak quickly.
We pride ourselves on our Flavor Lock™ freezing system because, well, we are steak lovers, too! Flavor Lock allows us to freeze your favorite cut while it is at the peak of quality, which ensures a most flavorful steak. Standard freezing methods differ in the outcome because they are centered around simply saving a steak for later, rather than freezing with the intent to seal in the best possible flavor and quality.
As your resident steak aficionados, we know the best ways to defrost steak quickly – and we want to share the “steak love” with you. There are many different suggestions for defrosting steak floating around on the internet, but go ahead and bookmark this page now – we know you’ll want to refer back to this helpful quick-start guide the next time you’re grilling our delicious steaks.
The best way to defrost a steak is to use a slow, 24 hour thaw in your refrigerator. This slow thaw allows the meat to retain that incredible flavor and quality we sealed in with our Flavor Lock.
First, remove the steak from the box, then place it on a plate to catch any liquid and put the plate on a level surface inside your refrigerator. You’ll know your steak is ready if it “gives” when you press it with your thumb.
The best way to defrost steak quickly is by cold water defrosting. While this method is only recommended if your steaks are still in their original, sealed packaging, it is the best way to thaw steaks fast.
First, fill a large bowl with cold water. Next, place the packaged steaks into the bowl and make sure they are submerged in the water. Change the water periodically – around every 30 minutes. Hot or warm water promotes bacteria, so make sure you only use cold water when using this method to defrost steak. Your steaks should be ready to cook within two hours.
Of course, you could technically thaw your steaks in the microwave, but we do not recommend it. If you do choose to throw caution to the wind and go this route, follow the directions on your microwave and take care that you only defrost your steak – not cook it!
Yes, you can cook a frozen steak on the grill. This is certainly not the best method, but if you are in a tight spot with no time to follow one of the methods we outlined above, you can cook your steaks from frozen. The steaks will thaw as they cook.
If you find yourself in this predicament, make sure you allow plenty of extra time to cook your steaks – around 50% more time than you would expect with a thawed steak. Follow our normal instructions for cooking steak, and make sure to use a meat thermometer and cook to the internal temperature recommended for the level of doneness.
There you have it! Our quick-start guide to defrosting steaks, complete with step by step instructions. Remember, as you decide which defrost method to use, your end game is a succulent, flavorful meal to remember.
After all, that’s what at steak anyway, right?