This trick is just too cool to pass up. At some point or another, we’ve all bought meat in bulk. You can’t possibly finish it all so you freeze it, but then when it comes time to eat it, you have a choice.
Leave it out for a few hours on the countertop to defrost or heat it up in the microwave carefully hoping you don’t overcook and ruin it. What if there was a way where you don’t have to wait more than ten minutes or even use electricity to defrost that steak?
According to RocketNews24, this neat trick comes from CTi, a Taiwanese cable TV network, where they show us how to defrost a 1 cm-thick steak in just 5 minutes. All you need are two metal pots and water.
Just grab two metal pots, and flip one upside down with the meat on top.
Next, fill the top pot with water just to give it some weight and place it on top of the steak, sandwiching the steak between them.
After 5 minutes, your steak will be defrosted.
How does this work? Metal conducts heat, and aluminum in particular is a great conductor of ambient heat—which is actually enough to thaw a steak quickly. The weight from the water also presses the metal on top of the meat, increasing its surface area so it can conduct more heat from the air—all of which results in a faster thaw time.
…And now you’ll never have to stress about deciding which meat you want to defrost hours ahead of time ever again.
Here’s a video that details the trick, courtesy of CTi, a Taiwanese cable TV network (the video’s in Chinese, but it still provides helpful visuals):