What is a Meat Defroster?
The meat defroster is the newest addition to the family of counter-top appliance and are designed to make defrosting and reheating food easier. It comes in various sizes to meet your cooking needs and comes in an assortment of colors and styles as well. It will greatly help in speeding up your cooking and will make your meals more tasty, moist and nutritious. Many people agree that having to constantly defrost food while on a diet is a huge pain. This brand of product is a godsend for people on diets or just want to have moist foods easily available when needed.
Your first step in using a meat defroster tray is to clean out your fridge or freezer so that your food scraps, meat for meatless diets, deli meat, and more all have a good place to go. Large pieces of meat, like frozen chicken breasts, beef, pork, or lamb chops, can be easily defrosted within 30 60 minutes depending on their thickness. Thinner meet, like ground beef, sausage, fish, or seafood, will freeze more slowly and take longer to thaw. No longer guessing about pre-cooked temperatures and times in your microwave, now you can easily prepare the food in the defroster and then thaw as needed. No more sticking of frozen meat to the bottom of the freezer.
The meat defroster tray comes with a wide range of features as well. There are those that come with temperature controls to easily adjust the defroster to the correct setting and even come with an automatic defrost setting that will remove your frozen food from defrosting without any human intervention. There are those that have an auto-refreezer that will automatically remove old frozen food to prevent freezer burn. Some models also have self-cleaning functions, that will remove food particles when the defroster is released and will keep food fresh until defroster release time. Other features may include shelves, racks, trays, baskets, cutting boards, containers, and others.
Your next step is to choose the size of your defroster tray. They typically come in four different sizes depending on how much meat you want to defrost per day. For small to moderate-sized freezer space, you would probably be best with a smaller model such as the smaller-sized meat defroster trays. These may take up slightly more room on your counter top but are usually easier to use, clean, and most often do not leak hot air which may pose a health risk if bacteria are present.
For larger spaces, or if you have a bigger freezer space, there are large-size models such as the U shaped or the free-form trays that can accommodate over twenty pounds of meat at a time. A benefit of using this type is that it provides better air circulation than the smaller trays which allow for more defrosting time with less chance of meat getting frozen to the bottom of the refrigerator. The cost of these large meat defroster trays can vary based on brand, size, brand name, quality, and many other factors so do some research before purchasing to make sure you get the best one for your needs.
Once you have decided on the size and brand of the meat defroster trays that you want, there is one more item you must consider. You must determine if you want a hand control, foot control or a remote. Each of these will have its own advantages and disadvantages. Most meat defroster units allow for manual defrost by simply pulling the lever located on the top of the unit. If you like to defrost more than a few frozen pieces of meat at a time, a foot control will be better for you. These are generally only used for larger operations.
If you are looking to buy a meat defroster that is specifically made for a commercial operation, you need to look for a unit that has been designed with temperature control features. You should be able to program the freezer to maintain a certain temperature range that you desire when defrosting your meat. There is not an automatic defrost program like most meat defrosters on the market today. One advantage to having a unit that can automatically defrost and save your food is the ability to defrost and store food in your freezer without having to thaw it. Thawing meat takes time, which can leave you with spoiled meat.
In addition to a meat-defroster unit, you may also want to purchase meat tray covers. A meat tray is an inexpensive way to protect your meat from freezer burn. It also helps to keep your meat tender while it sits in the freezer. Some meat tray covers have an added shelf life of up to twelve months. Meat trays are available in metal or plastic form. Plastic is the easiest to clean and you will find that it is less prone to contamination.