Your refrigerator is designed to help defrost/thaw foods in a safe manner by preventing the growth of bacteria, moulds and yeasts which are the major causes of food spoilage.
General Defrosting Food Care
For best results:
- Ensure foods are defrosted in the refrigerator, microwave oven or multifunction oven.
- Never defrost foods at room temperature. This could potentially promote the growth of bacteria and cause food poisoning even after cooking.
- Ensure partially or fully defrosted foods are never re-frozen. Defrosted foods can only be refrozen after it has been cooked.
Red Meats, Poultry & Game
- Red meat can be cooked from frozen, or from the partly or completely defrosted states.
- Ensure extra cooking time is given when cooking from the frozen state.
- Ensure poultry is completely defrosted before cooking and never use the frozen juices for cooking.
Fish & Seafood
- Ensure fish does not come into contact with other foods when defrosting in the refrigerator.
- For best results, cook from either the frozen or partly defrosted state.
Fruit & Vegetables
- Defrost frozen fruits in the refrigerator. Alternatively, they can be used as part of frozen desserts.
- Frozen vegetables are best cooked from their frozen state.