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theTastyCat 05-26-2014 11:59 AM

Please help - spares not yet thawed!!
Hey all - just got the two 3-packs out of the fridge; they'd been in the freezer until yesterday noon. They aren't thawed yet!! Wanted to have them in in an hour. I've got them in the tub under cold water; is there anything faster I can do, especially since they're three thick? Kinda hate to open it and have dinner sitting bare in the bathtub :/

Many thanks for any help!!

JeffR 05-26-2014 12:03 PM

Once they thaw enough, separate them. The water bath may not satisfy the health department, but I have done it short times. Keep the water. Keep the water changed and cold

Wampus 05-26-2014 12:07 PM

If they're partially thawed, you should be able to separate them. Then just sit them on the counter or in a pan. They'll finish thawing quickly. If they're still a bit frosty inside, just throw em on the smoker. They'll be fine. Maybe not ideal, but they'll be fine. I've seen people throw flat out frozen solid racks on the smoker and cook em before.

landarc 05-26-2014 12:15 PM

I have actually cooked a semi-frozen three pack before, just thawed enough to get the cryo off. Then once they've been on the cooker, and thawed, dusted with rub and got them cooking again.

Yep, not ideal. But, I didn't die and the ribs were fine

Bludawg 05-26-2014 12:39 PM

I'd Boil 'em:caked: cold water!!

firecracker jack 05-26-2014 12:44 PM

Gotta get them separated, then they'll thaw, youll just be runnin a little late.....dont panic

gtr 05-26-2014 12:47 PM


Originally Posted by Bludawg (Post 2933463)
I'd Boil 'em:caked: cold water!!

Anxiously awaiting tips on boiling in cold water! :thumb:

theTastyCat 05-26-2014 01:34 PM

Worked like a charm!! THANK you guys!! Only about an hour behind schedule; I can make that up! Happy Memorial Day!!

Bludawg 05-26-2014 02:42 PM


Originally Posted by gtr (Post 2933472)
Anxiously awaiting tips on boiling in cold water! :thumb:

Requires the use of liquid Nitrogen:biggrin1:

Demosthenes9 05-26-2014 02:46 PM

FWIW, on something as thin as ribs, use room temp or even slightly warm water. Won't hurt a bit.

letdasmokeroll 05-26-2014 02:55 PM

LOL I have thawed in hot water many times ....its amazing how we worry about things these days ...think about the things your parents did or cooked and we are still here ...I would thaw those ribs in 15 minutes and cook ...but thats just me ...we had lead paint ((shrugs))

DjPorkchop 05-26-2014 03:10 PM

My grandma used hot water, my mom used hot water, I use hot water. None of us ever got sick or died. When I do use hot water, I try and get things out and cooking as soon as I can though. Even if it might still be slightly frosty in the middle.

Average day, I use cold water and keep it cold as was pointed out earlier.

Icetech 05-26-2014 03:18 PM

I thaw alot using the sink.. just room temp water and let it run for a bit on the package.. and done..

That being said.. pork is ALOT cleaner than it used to be, i even get my pork steaks medium now.. no well done

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