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Old 09-07-2006, 08:49 AM   #61
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Go over to costco and fill a big bag with ramen noodles.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:17 AM   #62
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:34 AM   #63
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Once I discovered that I could defrost a steak in less than an hour if submerged underwater, my food wastage problems came to an end!!

Now any meat I buy goes directly into the freezer to I don't have to use it by a strict deadline.

[I don't believe the defrost slow in fridge tastes better idea - but you won't catch me using a microwave either - now that definitely ruins a nice piece of meat]

I love to grill outdoors - but that very much depends on the weather, plus my daily schedule which frankly isn't predictable enough to defrost the night before (and sometimes overnight in the fridge the meat is still half frozen).

I love the flexibility of being able to decide just a few hours ahead whether to do a cookout and what to cook out.

I still have to be careful about overbuying on vegetables.

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Old 09-07-2006, 09:46 AM   #64
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I have a combo stove with gas and electric burners. The electric ones aren't the open coil kind; they're sealed round slabs. I put some meat in a metal dish on top of one of these and the "heat" conducted from the whole metal chassis of the stove goes into defrosting it.

A similar "magic" device was the "Miracle Thaw!":
http://www.skepticfriends.org/forum/...q=2&fldAuto=24

Caveat: if you are concerned about even the tiniest risk of bacteria, this method is not for you. I've never had a problem. However, I don't use it with big blocky items like whole chickens or roasts; I defrost those in the fridge and do have to plan ahead with those.
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I'm glad I was finally turned on to the defrost in water idea (my wise mother-in-law).* You see the specific heat of water (the amount of energy required to raise a 1 gram of water 1 degree C) is unusually high, much higher than anything else.* What this means is that water can absorb a great deal of heat (or cold) - certainly relative to air.* I knew about this amazing property of water, but it never occurred to me to use it for defrosting!

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Well, the scotch is coming and we are hardy enough souls to drink it neat. :P
Not only that, but I've waded into enough rivers to know that most are cold enough to freeze your nuts off. Who's going to volunteer to put the flask in their waders?

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Not only that, but I've waded into enough rivers to know that most are cold enough to freeze your nuts off.* Who's going to volunteer to put the flask in their waders?
Both problems might be solved simultaneously if you put the contents of the flask inside you (before you put yourself into the waders and the river) and throw the flask away.

No storage issues, no freezing sensations-- and best of all, you won't care!

If waders are so cold, how come fishing isn't done with drysuits or exposure suits? The diving & sailing industries don't let their customers freeze to death...
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