If you thought the teasers before the winner announcement on Dancing with the Stars were long, just try defrosting meat when the family is begging you to get that steak dinner on the table … like, an hour ago.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that many types of meat and seafood cuts require overnight thawing in the refrigerator. The finicky cold water method requires several water changes and often takes at least one to three hours for a fully thawed result. And most cooks who have tried defrosting in the microwave know it can be a challenge since it's a very fine line between defrosting and starting to cook what you're trying to thaw (which is probably not your desired culinary technique).
Enter: The Blazin' Thaw Extra Large Family Size Defrosting Tray, which promises to defrost frozen meat, seafood, and even fruits and vegetables in a fraction of the time of traditional methods.
The creators say the premium-grade aluminum materials and deep draining channels allow for more airflow to make it quicker than competitors on the defrosting market — no microwave or electric power required. Keep the food in its storage tray or remove it and set directly on the plate to thaw, flipping every 15 minutes or so.
Once you've defrosted and removed the items you're thawing, you can pop the family-size tray (16 by 8 inches) in the dishwasher.
"The best thing is that there's no chance of actually cooking the meat during the defrost as everything happens at room temperature. This is important if you're trying to defrost a prime cut of meat," one Amazon reviewer says.
But it might not be best for everything; we wouldn't recommend the Blazin' Thaw for something like defrosting a frozen turkey. "I think it works best for flat items with a consistent thickness," that Amazon fan added.
Skeptics take note: Each purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can return it for a refund in case you don't warm up (sorry!) to the product immediately.
"Before the Blazin' Thaw we ate out more than necessary because we would routinely forget to take out food from the freezer...I have used it a dozen times now and each time it thaws the food quickly and thoroughly. We have not eaten out once since getting the Blazin' Thaw," another Amazon reviewer raves. "It is a money-saver!"
Buy it: $36.95; amazon.com