you safely add frozen meat or poultry to your slow cooker?
When you are rushing
to put ingredients into a slow cooker, it can be tempting
to add frozen meat or poultry to the slow cooker so you don't
have to take the time to defrost it. Unfortunately, this is
a no go, as when you add frozen meat to a slow cooker, it
can take a significant amount of time for that meat to defrost
and then get up to a safe cooking temperature.
And not only that,
when you add frozen meat or poultry, the temperature of it
by the time the end of the cooking time is reached (such as
the 4 hour mark on a recipe that says cook on high for 3-4
hours) will not have reached the required end temperature
to ensure the meat or poultry is safe to eat.
So you always need
to defrost any meat or poultry you add to the slow cooker.
So try and remember to take it out to defrost in the refrigerator
the night before, or use the defrost function on your microwave
right before you add it to the slow cooker.
will call for frozen ingredients to be added, often frozen
peas and corn. This is safe to do, since the recipe has been
designed and tested with those frozen ingredients in mind.
Because they are so small, they will be brought up to temperature
quickly and not adversely affect the safe cooking of meat