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Defrosting Food in Your Refrigerator


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.




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