Keep the seafood frozen until you are ready to use it by storing it in the coldest section of your freezer, on a low shelf towards the back. When you are ready to use the frozen product, you may safely defrost it in one of the following three ways: in the refrigerator, under cool running water, or in the microwave.
Can you defrost seafood at room temperature?
Never defrost seafood at room temperature or with hot or warm water as bacteria on the surface will begin to multiply. If you forget to take the seafood out of the freezer in time, place it in the sink (still in the package) under cold, running water.
Do you have to defrost frozen seafood?
According to the USDA, it is completely acceptable to cook raw foods from a frozen state, but youll need to increase your cooking time by about 50 percent to cook it entirely through. Never defrost frozen seafood at room temperature, but in the refrigerator overnight, according to the USDA.
Can you leave frozen beef out to thaw overnight?
The USDA suggests not leaving any meat out in the open for more than two hours, or one hour in climates above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Any meat left too long in temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit may rapidly develop bacteria. Refrigerator thawing is the safest way to thaw meat.