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Thawing Food Safely

Thawing Food Safely
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.36

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Thawing Food Safely
By Cathy Pearl

1     It is time to start cooking for dinner. You go to the freezer and grab a frozen package of chicken. You put it in the sink to thaw. Later you wondered if this was the best way to do things.
2     It wasn't. Thawing food in a sink is a bad idea. The food will warm up to the temperature in the room. This makes the bacteria grow faster. It would be very easy to get sick from eating the food.
3     The best place to thaw food is in the refrigerator. Try to put frozen food in the refrigerator the day before you need it. Big things, like a whole turkey, will take longer to thaw. Make sure to put a dish under the item. This will keep juice from dripping onto other food.
4     If you want to thaw food faster, put it in a watertight bag. Then put the bag in cold water. Keep changing the water so that it stays cold. The water helps slow down the bacteria.
5     You can also thaw food in a microwave. If you do this, cook the food right away. Follow the directions that came with the microwave. If you thaw the food for too long, it will start to cook.

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