which comes with a no-mess design for quick and easy cleanup.
Safe defrosting: Defrosting trays are listed by the USDA as a safe thawing method.
Quick thawing: Thawing food on a tray of this type is a lot faster than letting food thaw in the fridge.
Even defrosting: Food thawed on a defrosting tray does so uniformly, so you won't have to contend with a cut of meat that's partially frozen when it comes time to cook dinner.
Easy storage: With approximately the same dimensions as a cutting board, it's easy to store a defrosting tray.
Defrosting trays vary in size, and it's important to choose a tray that fits your needs. If you intend to defrost multiple servings of food at once, each portion should fit on the tray without overlap or overhang. Defrost enough meat for two to three people with a tray that's 29.5X20.3X0.2CM. To thaw enough meat for three to five people, opt for a tray that's 35.5X20.5X0.2CM.
Defrosting trays are typically made of aluminum, which is a thermally conductive material that draws heat from the air and allows it to transfer to food, resulting in rapid thawing. Copper is another thermally conductive material, but it's not as low maintenance as aluminum. Often, copper trays are coated in aluminum, making them easier to clean and harder to nick or scratch. Find a dishwasher-safe defrosting tray to minimize any cleanup hassle.
When food thaws, it inevitably creates condensation and moisture on the surface of a defrosting tray. To prevent a mess and stop bacteria from contaminating your counters, pick a defrosting tray with a water reservoir to catch all the excess moisture seeping from your frozen foods.
For easy cleanup, choose a tray with a nonstick coating to prevent food from sticking to the surface as it thaws.
Defrosting tray prices
Defrosting trays cost between $7 to $60. Budget products include trays designed to hold single portions of frozen meat, while more expensive trays are typically bigger and made of higher-end materials like copper.
Q. How long does it take to defrost items on a defrosting tray?
A. It takes between 40 minutes to two hours to thaw food on a defrosting tray. The time depends on the amount of food, the thickness of the meat, and the type of food involved. Compared to thawing in the fridge, it's much faster.
Q. It looks so much like a cutting board. Can I use it to slice and dice food?
A. No. A defrosting tray is not designed to be used as a cutting board. Use a knife on the surface and you can leave scratches and cuts on your tray, which may cause it to lose its effectiveness.