Meal planning can be made quick and easy by using frozen meat options. Frozen options from short ribs to bacon-wrapped chicken are an excellent way to make cooking fast, flavorful, and easy. The best part is you don’t necessarily need to wait for the meat to thaw before cooking it.
Best Methods for Cooking Frozen Meat
These methods will help you cook frozen meat and save yourself time and trouble without sacrificing taste.
The Instant Pot is a great way to cook frozen meat; add it to the pot and cook for about 30 minutes on high or until it reaches the right internal temperature.
Many people like to toss the meat into the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on low, and let it cook through the day while at work. Let it go for 6-8 hours, and it’ll be ready for dinner!
You can’t go wrong with the oven for cooking frozen meat. Preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and put the meat on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until it reaches a safe internal temperature.
Air fryers are fantastic for cooking frozen meat. Preheat yours to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the frozen meat for 10-12 minutes or until it’s cooked through. Hint: Always check the proper internal temperature of your meat.
Tips for Cooking Frozen Meat
No matter what methods you use for cooking frozen meat, it would help if you kept some general tips in mind.
Add Cooking Time
Cooking frozen items is not difficult. It just takes longer. Generally, you should add 50% more to the cooking time if cooking frozen meat instead of thawed. If frozen, thawed meat that would cook for 20 minutes should be cooked for 30 minutes.
Though you want to add cooking time to ensure the meat is thoroughly cooked throughout, you don’t want to overcook it. Overcooked meat can become tough and dry. Keep a close eye on the meat, so you can stop cooking at the optimal time.
Use a Meat Thermometer
Meats need to reach a certain internal temperature to be safe for consumption. The internal temperature must reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit for poultry and ground beef and 145 degrees Fahrenheit for pork. Want to cook ham? Get it up to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This will kill any harmful bacteria that may be lurking.
Order Miesfeld’s and Use Your Favorite Cooking Method
No matter which method you choose for cooking frozen meat, as long as you remember the tips above, you can put a delicious meal on the table without waiting for the meat to thaw for hours and without much stress or effort.
Try each of the methods above at home at any time by ordering Miesfeld’s online, so you can save time while preparing delicious meat for dinner, even if it’s frozen!