Here's What To Do If You Forgot To Thaw Longganisa or Tocino
There are two ways you can do it quickly.
You can quickly thaw your meats¬†on the counter since marinated meats normally thaw in less time than non-marinated meats will. However, you still have to be careful that it doesn't come and stay at room temperature for longer than 1 hour since it can still breed bacteria.¬†
Here's what you can do that is both safe and easy to do:¬†
- 1. Heat a pot of water until just hot to the touch but not simmering or boiling.¬†¬†
- 2. Place your sealed bag of frozen marinated¬†meat into the hot water for around 10 to 15 minutes.¬†
- 3. Remove the sealed bag from the water.¬†
- 4. Repeat¬†for another 5 minutes until completely thawed.¬†¬†¬†
This is a great tip for thawing small amounts of meat on the¬†counter quickly that you can now cook without worrying about the safety of your raw food.
You can also microwave it on the Defrost¬†setting for around the same time as well if you have a microwave. Just remember to turn the¬†meat so the bottom doesn't become too warm and heat up.¬†¬†
However, there is a no-fuss way of¬†thawing your marinated¬†meats that is the old school way of cooking. You might have seen your parents or relatives do this when they cook your favorite silog meals¬†in the morning.¬†
You can add water to the pan and let it simmer until it's completely thawed and ready to fry.¬†
This is what many people do anyway and can be the advice on the package you're cooking. Since it's still frozen, it will just take a little longer than expected before it is completely thawed, cooked, and ready to serve. The success lies in the fact that the simmering water will not only thaw your meat¬†in the pan, but it will also¬†allow the¬†marinade that the meat absorbed to be released as well as any fat to be rendered out. The result is a much more flavorful dish with charred and sticky¬†parts. Just remember to¬†simmer the water until completely¬†evaporated so the oil can fry your meat.¬†¬†¬†¬†
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